Enniskillen: Big attendance at Dr Cleary’s lecture

Dr Eilish Cleary

Dr Eilish Cleary (picture AG)

Dr John Graham

Dr John Graham (picture AG)

Last monday, Dr Eilish Cleary, Chief Medical Officer of Health in New Brunswick, Canada, came to Enniskillen and gave a presentation about her report “Recommendations Concerning Shale Gas
Development in New Brunswick”. Around 150 people attended at the event organized and facilitated by Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network. (FFAN). Gary McFarlane, director of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and co-chair of the Public Health Alliance introduced her lecture. This institution works “to assist in reestablishing the critical links between environment and health within the context of sustainable development and public health”. Dr John Graham, retired Public Health physician, closed the conference and opened the debate with the attendance.
From her experience in New Brunswick, Eilish Cleary warned that public health is not included in the fracking process, and that a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is as much important as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). She observed “significant gaps in data” and that “Public Health officials and experts have often been late or absent from discussions about shale gas regulations in most juridictions”.
See our press release about the HIA’s need in EPA proposed fracking research, in Ireland.
(picture AG)

Dr. Eilish Cleary from Canada is coming to Enniskillen

We have pleasure in communicating this message from Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (FFAN):
“FFAN have arranged for Dr Eilish Cleary, Chief Medical Officer of Health in New Brunswick, Canada to present a talk entitled ‘Public Health Issues concerning Shale Gas Extraction & Fracking’ at:
the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen on Monday 28. Jan 2013 at 8.00pm.
Attached is a poster for the above event.
Although all are welcome we are aiming specifically at Doctors & other Health Care Professional, NHS & HSE managers as well as politicians.
Please spread the word to your local GP & Hospital Consultant and Managers.”
FFAN made a synopsis of CMOH New Brunswick Report into Public Health.
The full report is available here.

Important new report on health risks from shale gas development and recommendations to government

“As Chief Medical Officer of Health, I am therefore providing these recommendations to our government to offer advice on measures that should be put in place to maximize the health benefits and minimize the health risks related to shale gas development if the decision is taken to go ahead with it. In addition, this document is intended to provide information to the many others who have a role to play in protecting the health of the public. “
Dr. Eilish Cleary, Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick Department of Health, Canada.
New Brunswick Health Officer’s Recommendations: click on this link to download the report [pdf].


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