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Shale gas health review by Public Health England

Michael Fallon responds to the draft Public Health England Review of the 'Potential public health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants as a result of shale gas extraction'.

In response to the release of the draft Public Health England Review of the ‘Potential public health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants as a result of shale gas’ on Thursday 31 October;

Energy Minister Michael Fallon welcomed the report’s findings saying:

“I welcome this report which shows that the potential risk to public health from shale gas production in the UK is low.

“The UK has the most robust regulatory regime in the world for shale gas and companies will only be granted permission to frack for shale if their operations are safe.

“Public safety and health is paramount and Government will continue to work with industry to ensure the stringent safety guidelines are upheld as they explore the great potential for shale.”

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