We have sent the following email to the Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority......


Dear Ms. Paren,

Can you confirm that the South Downs National Park Authority will be potentially putting at risk the health of residents if hydraulic fracturing is approved.  In particular, it is concerning that  certain companies have never undertaken this process before. Residents may be exposed to any of the many chemicals involved at every stage of the process. These include benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene, naptholene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,  methanol, formaldehyde, ethylene, glycol, glycol ethers, hydrochloride acid, sodium hydroxide, methane and naturally occurring  radioactive material. These are known to cause cancer in adults and children, gene mutation and foetal abnormality, infertility, diabetes and endocrine disorders. These toxins affect every system of the body over months or years.

It is incumbent on officials responsible for approving such planning applications not to ignore such risks to the community. In twenty years time the South Downs National Park Authority could be facing massive compensation claims. We only need to consider asbestosis and lung cancer caused by smoking , both of which have been proven to have been caused by .toxic poisoning. I hope you share my concerns with those involved in the planning process.