DEA is of the view that a national approach is essential to reduce the extensive risks associated with unconventional gas mining.
The most (self-) evident reason for this is that sets of unconventional gas operations may take place in regions overlying, and therefore threatening, precious aquifers, aquifers that do not recognise state borders. DEA asks the Committee to be aware that medical and health research literature on unconventional gas is rapidly expanding. Much published research comes from the United States where an estimated 15 million people live within 1.6km of gas or oil wells. As a result, there has been a large increase in the number of published papers addressing unconventional gas activity and health.