US Doctors Urge Moratorium on Fracking in Populated Areas
13 January 2012
Bloomberg reports that doctors in the United States are calling for a suspension of fracking activities in populated areas until there is greater scientific certainty about the health risks involved with the process. National Center for Environmental Health chief medical officer Vikas Kapil reportedly conceded that authorities “don’t have a great handle on the toxicology of fracking chemicals” because although gas drillers are required to disclose “any chemicals used in fracking that are ‘considered hazerdous in high concentrations’ in case of spills or other emergencies’”, the amounts or concentrations do not have to be disclosed.
Bloomberg: Fracking Moratorium Urged by U.S. Doctors Until Health Studies Conducted (10 January 2012)