Stress, anxiety and illness in local communities

As part of a health impact assessment in Lancashire related to two exploratory fracking applications, the Director of Public Health noted that the main risks of the proposed projects were “a lack of public trust and confidence, stress and anxiety from uncertainty that could lead to poor mental well-being, noise related health effects due to continuous drilling and issues related to capacity for flow-back wastewater treatment and disposal.

Further details of the meetings and reports surrounding the health issues in Lancashire can be found here.

There is a good video on The Guardian web site “Fracking hell: what it’s really like to live next to a shale gas well”.


“Nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, invasive chemical smells, constant drilling, slumping property prices – welcome to Ponder, Texas, where fracking has overtaken the town. With the chancellor last week announcing tax breaks for drilling companies, could the UK be facing the same fate?”

The full article can be found here.

There is a video “On Fracking” which “Describes some of the impacts of fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It features interviews with Vera Scroggins and Dr. Benjamin Stout. Vera Scroggins is a filmmaker who documents the impacts of fracking on her community in Susquehanna County, PA. Dr. Benjamin Stout is Professor of Biology at Wheeling Jesuit University and is a specialist in marine biology.”


In the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for Lancashire the Director of Public Health reported that “The over-riding responses about the two proposed exploration sites voiced by members of the local communities who attended the workshops were those of fear, anxiety and stress, which are affecting their mental wellbeing, with some people experiencing sleep disturbance and depression.

Further details can be found here in the Ben Caves Associates overview report concerning planning applications for temporary shale gas exploration.