“Tread carefully or we risk fracturing our environment”, comment in “The Mercury” by Dr Rohan Church

“Tread carefully or we risk fracturing our environment”, comment in “The Mercury” by Dr Rohan Church

Health experts around the world are warning against the exploration and mining of unconventional gas reserves- for example, the UK’s chief scientific adviser Mark Walport, advised in his recent annual report that fracking could carry unforeseen risks in the same way that thalidomide, asbestos and tobacco did.

DEA member Dr Rohan Church writes in The Mercury that these concerns are especially relevant to Tasmanians who are now waiting on the findings of the Hodgman Government’s review of hydraulic fracturing in Tasmania, as well as whether it will extend its one-year moratorium on the granting of new permits for exploration and mining for unconventional gas beyond March 2015.

Dr Rohan says the review offers an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others and protect public health.

Read the comment piece in full here

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