Every year the village has a scarecrow festival and bassetlaw against fracking was present to spread the word about the live planning application that’s got the go ahead for the vertical borehole to test for shale gas at the end of this year.
It is estimated that exploring will begin nearer the end of this year for various reasons. I am a local resident of Scrooby and live next to the Great North road with my partner and young daughter we frequently experience clouds of dust from the gravel pit, it is especially bad due to the dry season. I am worried that in Blyth the residents will be subjected to this if the planning moves through to a full fracking operation.
It would be worse for Blyth as the dust particles could be contaminated with around 600 chemicals which are used in the fracking fluid, including known carcinogens and toxins such as lead, benzene, uranium, radium, methanol, mercury, hydrochloric acid, ethylene glycol and formaldehyde. 10,000 feet into the ground the fracking fluid is injected through a drilled pipeline.
I am extremely worried for the children at the school in Blyth St mary and St martins, as the waste fluid left over from the fracking process is left in open-air pits to evaporate, which releases dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere, creating contaminated air, acid rain and ground-level ozone for the children to be exposed to diesel particulate matter, hydrogen sulfide and volatile hydrocarbons can lead to a number of serious health problems, including asthma, headaches, high blood pressure, anemia, heart attacks and cancer.
It can also have a damaging effect on immune and reproductive systems, as well as fetal and child development. A 2014 study conducted by the Colorado Department of Environmental and Occupational Health found that mothers who live near fracking sites are 30 percent more likely to have babies with congenital heart defects.
Research from Cornell University indicates an increased prevalence of low birth weight and reduced APGAR scores in infants born to mothers living near fracking sites in Pennsylvania. And in Wyoming’s Sublette County, the fracking boom has been linked to dangerous spikes in ozone concentrations. A study led by the state’s Department of Health found that these ozone spikes are associated with increased outpatient clinic visits for respiratory problems.
With that said at this point in time I believe we should be worried about the safety of our children having no designated crossing outside the school to cross the road and no lollypop lady and if this isnt bad enough the increase of diesel emissions from the tanks coming and going from the site rattling down
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