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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 15, Issue 4 (April 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Governments rarely produce detailed national assessments of direct and indirect public health risks [...] Read more. Governments rarely produce detailed national assessments of direct and indirect public health risks associated with fracking and weigh these against potential benefits to inform a national debate on policy options. The Scottish government has recently done so in a wide-ranging consultation underpinned by various commissioned reports and significant public engagement. The resulting reports included a comprehensive review specifically dedicated to public health and data on climate change, economic impacts, transport, geology, and decommissioning. The outcome was not to proceed with fracking. The process used is unique globally when compared with 14 other assessments conducted in the USA, Australia, Canada, and England. It builds a useful evidence base, although it is not without flaws. The approach offers a framework that may have overall merits.