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Table 1 Summary of estimations made to illustrate the potential impact of fracking operations in the UK

From: The risk of hydraulic fracturing on public health in the UK and the UK’s fracking legislation

Scenario Description Additional cancer cases
1 Includes all sites that have drilled wells for fracking use. Excludes sites where interest in fracking has been withdrawn 2.7
2 Includes previous + all sites that have approved planning permission to drill wells 6.7
3 Includes previous + all sites that are under planning consideration 7.2
  1. Description of three future potential fracking scenarios in the UK and the estimated additional cancer cases these scenarios may cause in the public. The additional cancer cases for each scenario were estimated using data from McKenzie et al. [1], the 2011 census in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and information from planning applications and fracking operators