Health and Fracking Masterclass

The prospect of unconventional shale gas production through hydraulic fracturing has become a contentious public health issue worldwide.  Medact are organising this masterclass in partnership with the Faculty of Public Health,  the aim of which is to provide an opportunity for public health professionals to learn about the process of high volume hydraulic fracturing for shale gas production, the role that shale gas may play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the social, economic and health impacts of shale gas production.

Listen to audio recordings from the event:


Dr David McCoy, Dr Patrick Saunders, Dr Jo Hawkins, Dr Grant Allen, Professor John Middleton, Professor David Smythe, Professor Ernest Rutter, Professor Simon Capewell


11:00 Welcome and Introductions, Alice Munro

11:15 Overview of Fracking and its impact on health, Dr David McCoy

11:50 Risk to human health from direct exposures to hazards, Dr Patrick Saunders, followed by questions

12:30 Lunch

13:15 Fracking and Regulatory Issues, Dr Jo Hawkins

14:00 Climate change Impacts of Fracking: Emerging science from the USA and the potential for translation to the UK, Dr Grant Allen

14:45 Coffee break

15:00 Panel discussion: Uncertainties Regarding Health and Fracking Chair: John Middleton.  Prof. David Smythe, Prof. Ernest Rutter and Prof Simon Capewell

16:30  Close

17:00 Drinks at Three Tuns, Lee Croft, Sheffield