T4. Miss Woods asked the Minister for the Economy, on the very important issue of fracking, whether, in relation to the petroleum licence application PLA2/16 in Fermanagh, a health impact assessment of the cumulative impacts of the full development of the Fermanagh shale basin across the lifecycle of the project has been stipulated as part of her Department’s research process. (AQT 354/17-22)
I thank the Member for her question. We are, as you know, doing research into the wider impacts. Health will be part of that research, and I look forward to sharing the research and, indeed, to maybe sitting down with the Member and discussing these issues in further detail as we get towards a conclusion of the process.
I thank the Minister for her answer. I will be very happy to meet the Minister. The Department claims that, although adverse effects on human health can be associated with shale gas production, there is evidence in scientific literature to demonstrate how effective measures can mitigate the risks to reduce them to an acceptable level. Can the Minister outline how fracking can be regulated for with limited impact on public health?