Potential Public Health Risks Associated with Application P/12/0521/FUL

In order to demonstrate the significant health risks posed by outdated regulatory frameworks, this paper first outlines the current state-of-the-art regarding low level exposures to industrial toxins. Next, it relates these failings to the current Proposal to extract gas in Falkirk Local Authority. Using data from Dart’s current testing regime (covering only a narrow range of the potentially hazardous substances associated with CBM production), it explores some impact scenarios, including one associated with the current Application. Lastly, it takes a brief look at a wider range of dangerous contaminants linked to CBM and their health risks. (Dr M. Parnell and J. Hamilton, 2013)