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Reports by European and US experts warn against the dangers of hydraulic fracturing on environment, people’s health and biodiversity.

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  • Impact studies and reports, by indicating their sources. The excerpts are taken from studies belonging to authorized scientific entities, in an attempt to avoid those articles susceptible of “environmental hysteria”
  • News on the situation and attitude of the local people
  • Articles on hydraulic fracturing in other countries

The main issues concerning the local people:

The risks posed by hydraulic fracturing:

  • air pollution
  • water pollution
  • soil pollution that leads to poor growth and reduced crop yields
  • radioactive pollution
  • an increased seismic risk
  • emission of gases with “greenhouse” properties
  • noise pollution caused by the fracking equipment
  • the use of millions of cubic meters of water for fracturing, affecing crop irrigation

The moral problem raised by the attitude of local authorities and politicians

The political platform which brought victory in the parliamentary elections promised to ban hydraulic fracturing. During the campaign, the winning coalition posted materials expressing their disagreement towards this method of exploitation. However, after winning the elections, the agreement with Chevron was signed.

The economic problem

There are no available studies concerning the economic impact of hydraulic fracturing upon the region/country; it is not certain yet if the benefits of gas sale could counterbalance the prejudices brought on local economy. Therefore we wonder, could there be any other economic strategies involved apart from the sale of these resources?


 

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