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Health Effects of Shale Gas Extraction: What is Known and What can we Predict

January 25, 2011

The University of Pittsburgh has archived the public health conference held at the Peoples’ Oil & Gas Summit back in November 19, 2010 on their site.  Below are links to video of each speaker’s presentation, their accompanying slides, as well as two question and answer periods held during the day’s conference.  There is a ton of great information presented here.  Dig in!

Overview of Shale Gas Exposure and Health – Research and Views from Around the Country presented by Don Burke, MD, Dean, Graduate School of Public Health, UPMC – Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health, University of Pittsburgh.

Health and Safety Considerations in the Extraction of Fossil Fuels presented by Bernard Goldstein, MD, Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh.

Inorganic Geochemistry of Marcellus Shale Hydrofracturing Waters presented by Carl Kirby, PhD, Professor, Bucknell University, Geology Department.

Trace Metal Chemistry of the Marcellus Shale presented by Tracy Bank, PhD, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, Department of Geology.

Unconventional Gas Extraction in Legacy, Energy Production Landscapes: Uncertainties in History, Contamination, and Interactions presented by Dan J. Bain, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Geology and Planetary Science.

Water Management Challenges in Marcellus Shale Gas Production presented by John Veil, Manager, Water Policy Program, Argonne National Laboratory.

Long term and cumulative assessment of the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling presented by Michel C Boufadel, PhD, PE, P.Hydro., Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Center for Natural Resources Develop.ment and Protection, Temple University.

Conversation with participants about the gaps in the science and future directions from the morning speakers presented by Radisav D. Vidic, PhD, PE, Professor and Chairman, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.

Air monitoring strategies presented by Robert Field, PhD, Research Scientist, University of Wyoming, Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Addressing combined effects of air pollution and social stressors exposures on health in communities affected by natural gas fracturing presented by Jane Clougherty, MSc, ScD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

Short-Term Air Quality Impacts from Marcellus Shale Operations in Southwest PA Presented by Nick Lazor, Chief of Air Monitoring Division PA DEP.

Use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to Help Inform Decision Making Regarding Natural Gas Drilling Permits in Colorado presented by Roxana Witter, MD, MSPH, Assistant Research Professor, Colorado School of Public Health.

Spatial Data Infrastructure for Evaluating the Health Impact of Gas Well Drilling in North Texas presented by Presenter David Sterling, PhD, CIH, Chair, Environmental and Occupational Health, UNT HSC School of Public Health.

Research Methods and Results of the Baseline Socioeconomic Study of the Impact of Marcellus in Pennsylvania presented by Teri Ooms, Executive Director, The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development.

How Should We Think About the Economic Consequences of Shale Gas Drilling?” presented by Susan Christopherson, PhD, Professor, City and Regional Planning, Cornell University.

Conversation with participants about the gaps in science and future directions in research, presented by Conrad Dan Volz, DrPH, MPH, Assistant Professor, GSPH, EOH; Director and Principal Investigator, CHEC, GSPH. Director, Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certificate Program, GSPH, EOH.

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