Unconventional gas is ‘natural gas’ that is trapped in rock from which it is difficult to extract, requiring specialised mining procedures and often access to large areas of land.
There are serious threats to human health from unconventional gas at many levels. They relate to:
1. Land access and degradation
2. Underground chemical injection
3. Air pollution
4. Global climate
Doctors for the Environment Australia holds the position that the risks are so potentially serious, so difficult to manage and so likely to be long-lived, that any further development of the unconventional gas industry in Australia has to be seen as unwise and unhealthy.
Find out more about the related health concerns by downloading our unconventional gas and health fact sheet which also contains a list of DEA submissions and official statements on unconventional gas and other relevant links.