Report by the Concerned Health Professionals of New York

The Compendium is a fully referenced compilation of the significant body of scientific, medical, and journalistic findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking. Organised to be accessible to public officials, researchers, journalists, and the public at large, the Compendium succinctly summarises key studies and other findings relevant to the ongoing public debate about unconventional methods of oil and gas extraction. The Compendium should be used by readers to grasp the scope of the information about both public health and safety concerns and the economic realities of fracking that frame these concerns. The reader who wants to delve deeper can consult the reviews, studies, and articles referenced.

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Strengthen policy on “acid fracking” in South Downs – National Park Authority

Members of the South Downs National Park Authority have called for stricter controls on how oil could be produced in future.

At a meeting on Thursday (10/11/2016), the authority’s planning committee said a proposed policy banning hydraulic fracturing in the national park should be extended to other techniques including acid fracking or acidisation.

The committee was considering new guidance that would be used to decide planning applications for minerals developments in the South Downs National Park from 2018.

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US anti-fracking campaigner calls for 1-mile buffer between wellsites and children

A mother from a shale gas area in Pennsylvania has urged UK politicians to learn from American mistakes and use robust planning to protect communities from fracking.

Amy Nassif, from the suburb of Mars, near Pittsburgh, warned a parliamentary meeting yesterday there should be a gap of at least a mile between a wellsite and places where children live, play or learn.

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October 2016 drilling headlines

DrillOrDrop’s digest of October’s news about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas developments in the UK and around the world.

  1. Minister overrules council’s refusal of Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking application and reopens inquiry on Roseacre Wood
  2. Shale opponents vow to fight on with legal challenges
  3. Mass arrests at Dakota pipeline protests
  4. Nationwide protests against Barclays Bank’s investment in fracking by Third Energy
  5. Company accounts: Cuadrilla loses $17.6m and Egdon £1.9m
  6. Planning condition delays restoration of Cuadrilla’s Becconsall site 
  7. Two polls show shale gas support at record levels
  8. Decision deferred on IGas shale gas site at Misson over wildlife covenant
  9. Upton eviction trial sees five cases dismissed
  10. Water contamination concerns prompt objections to South Downs drilling plans
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Resident challenges minister’s decision to reopen inquiry on Cuadrilla’s Roseacre Wood fracking plans

A man who lives 500m from Cuadrilla’s proposed shale gas site at Roseacre Wood in Lancashire has begun a legal challenge to the government.

Jules Burton, from Roseacre village, announced today that he had formally asked the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Sajid Javid, to reconsider the decision to reopen a public inquiry into fracking plans near his home.

Mr Burton, who has cancer, said he was incensed by the minister’s decision, which he described as “blatantly unfair”.

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