ONE of America’s foremost toxicologists has warned that regulators are not doing enough to monitor the health and environmental effects of fracking. And Dr David Brown said the Scottish Government should maintain its moratorium on the controversial process, at least until more was known about its potential dangers. Brown is director of public health toxicology for Environment and Human Health Inc, a group of physicians, public health professionals and policy experts, and has held senior posts in the field across the United States. He is also involved with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, a non-profit organisation that supports people who believe their health may be affected by fracking. Speaking exclusively to The National, he said the problem with the process was that it created health an d environmental effects that were not being properly regulated. Brown’s comments came as Professor Peter Strachan, from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, one of Scotland’s highest-profile academics, prepared to launch a social media thunderclap – an online “flash” mob – against fracking. It’s happening at 8pm tomorrow under the hashtag #BanFracking 2017 and Strachan said the social reach so far was nearing three million supporters.
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