Fracking, Employment and Health

The links between employment and ill health continue to be uncovered by research. However, the type of employment we seek to bring to a area is important. It is reasonable to pursue strategies that will result in realistic numbers of sustainable and safe jobs. The High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) industry and its supporters, often make promises that the industry will “…lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs and could turn the entire area into one big boom town.” The truth is very far from this, besides the fact that the jobs are dangerous, Dr Brenna O’Roarty, has prepared a comprehensive economic analysis of the proposal to drill for shale gas in Fermanagh. The executive summary of the report concludes “In short, the net economic benefits are deeply negative over a short and long term horizon”. The full report on the economic analysis is available here along with a summary report in presentation format.