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Fracking risk to public health ignored, says doctor

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 23:30 GMT

The government favours potentially ineffective regulation of shale gas extraction over a real exploration of its potential health risks, claims a doctor writing for BMJ.com.

Efforts to identify the risks of shale gas extraction have fallen woefully short, says Dr Seth Shonkoff, Executive Director for Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE).

Writing for online medical journal BMJ.com, Dr Shonkoff warns that industry regulation will not adequately protect the public if it is not based on strong and scientific evidence.

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