The implications of unconventional drilling fornatural gas: A global public health concern Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Extraction and Processing Industry
  • Global Health
  • Natural Gas
  • Public Health


  • Unconventional drilling for natural gas by means of high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is an important global public health issue. Given that no sound epidemiologic study has been done to assess the extent of exposure-related adverse health effects among populations living in areas where natural gas extraction is going on, it is imperative that research be conducted to quantify the potential risks to the environment and to human health not just in the short-term, but over a longer time period since many diseases (i.e., cancers) appear years after exposure. It should not be concluded that an absence of data implies that no harm is being done.

publication date

  • October 2013



  • Review



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.puhe.2013.07.005

PubMed ID

  • 24119661

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 889

end page

  • 93


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