Doctors’ group wants end to mining process

A DOCTOR-run environmental lobby group has called for an end to a controversial gas drilling method that it says could threaten the health of neighbouring Australian communities.

Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) has launched a campaign against coal seam gas mining, a method currently being used in some Australian states.

DEA warns that the process involves releasing hundreds of potentially dangerous chemical compounds into water and air supplies.

Despite political leaders already signalling a ban on four of the chemicals involved – benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene – DEA believes the process would still put hundreds of potentially dangerous chemicals in the environment and it should be scrapped.

Of particular concern to the DEA is the extraction method of fracking, which involves pumping hydraulic fluid deep into wells to draw out natural gas. 

The chemicals in question are used in the