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7.6 Vulnerable populations.
4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
5.3 Systems-based approach.
5.5 Political factors.
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- Fracking is a controversial political subject. This video may be used to introduce a discussion of the tradeoffs between need for increased energy supply and environmental damage and human health impacts that may result from extraction activities.
- Another discussion point could be the question of confidentiality with respect to intellectual property vs public health.
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- An animated diagram shows how the process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is used to extract natural gas.
- The resource also discusses the health and pollution problems that are potentially associated with the process.
- One of the challenges of investigating the possible link between the contaminants and illness is that the gas industry is not required to disclose which chemicals they use in fracking fluids, as that information is protected by intellectual property rights.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
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