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Friends of the Earth mislead over fracking claims

Energy company INEOS has today welcomed the agreement by the Friends of the Earth that it misled the public over fracking claims. This comes after an exhaustive 14-month investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority into a number of false statements.

Shale Operations Director Tom Pickering said: “These false claims have formed the heart of the FOE’s wrongheaded opposition to fracking and we are pleased to see the record corrected.

The ASA found that Friends of the Earth was unable to support claims that: the fluid used in fracking contains chemicals dangerous to human health, and that the fluid would, as a consequence of the act of fracking, contaminate the drinking water of nearby communities because it remained underground.

They were unable to support claims that a US fracking site caused an increase in asthma rates, and that the public in Britain would face a similar risk by living or working near a fracking site. FOE also wrongly claimed that falling house prices and risks of cancer would be a result of fracking.

Posted 4:23 PM Wednesday January 4, 2017. Filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response to this entry. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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