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Drilling opponent Conrad Volz to leave University of Pittsburgh post

April 12, 2011

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting “A University of Pittsburgh researcher who is a vocal critic of Marcellus shale drilling said Saturday he is leaving his post because the university won’t allow him to speak publicly about environmental issues, not because of online criticism of his work.”

Conrad "Dan" Volz, director of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health

“Conrad ‘Dan’ Volz, director of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, said he was not fired or under pressure to resign, but finds he has a calling for advocating for public health.”

“Volz claims drinking water is being contaminated by Marcellus shale drilling. He authored a report in March that showed a high concentration of bromide in Marcellus wastewater at the Josephine brine treatment facility, located in Indiana County, in the Allegheny River watershed. Bromide is a natural compound found in seawater that can form chemicals linked to cancer in laboratory animals when mixed with chlorine used to treat drinking water, Volz said.”

Read the article “Drilling opponent to leave Pitt post“.

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