Fracking on the agenda as CIEH holds its 114th National Conference in Nottingham

Publication Date: 6th October 2014

Subject: CIEH

The issue of hydraulic fracturing to recover shale gas (fracking) will be featured at the CIEH’s 114th National Conference, at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on 7 and 8 October.

This session will explore three of the key issues currently in the centre of the debate – effective regulation, public health aspects, and water use and disposal. Speakers include David Forster from the Environment Agency, Mary Morrey from Public Health England, and Laura Grant, Policy Advisor, for the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management. The session will largely take the form of a panel discussion and debate, with plenty of opportunity for input from all participants.

Entitled: ‘The opportunities and threats of mainstream fracking in the UK ‘ it will be chaired by CIEH director of Northern Ireland, Gary McFarlane, who recently contributed to a joint CIEH and Scientists for Global Responsibility publication on the topic and has been significantly involved in the debate to date.

Gary McFarlane said: ‘This is a key session for anyone from local government likely to be involved in fracking – both practitioners and decision makers. It is an opportunity not only to hear from leading experts but equally to debate this highly politicised and contentious topic. It is highly likely that local authorities across the country will be in the front line of both decision making and indeed efforts to regulate the industry where and if it goes ahead.’

‘It is a contentious topic that seems to have resulted in diametrically opposed positions. Those who are entirely opposed to it and those completely convinced that it is the answer to our future energy requirements. Increasingly fracking is never far from the headlines.’

The conference will include a plethora of topics, speakers and workshops. Among many subjects to be considered are nanotechnology, private housing, e-cigarettes, public health, food crime and the Health and Safety Executive’s national local authority enforcement code – proof of the diversity and relevance of environmental health.

More information on the event can be found here.

Notes to editors:

  • For media enquiries please contact Brian Cowan on 020 7827 5922 or 07721 456727 or email b.cowan@cieh.org


About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):

  • The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved
  • The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a leading provider of regulated qualifications in health and safety, food safety, environmental management, fire safety and first aid and operates in over 50 countries
  • For more information visit www.cieh.org
  • The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved


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