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CEC Activities Related to Shale Gas Development

Health and Hydrofracking

As the debate surrounding hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction takes place, some communities have expressed concerns about potential health and environmental risks from air emissions, water pollution, and other impacts. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences funded a project entitled “Health and hydrofracking: Comparative assessment of community information needs” to better understand these concerns and related information needs. This information needs assessment was led collaboratively by three Environmental Health Science Centers in New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. The project report is linked below. 

Health impacts of unconventional natural gas development: A comparative assessment of community information needs in New York, North Carolina, and Ohio

Dr. Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh

In July 2011, the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center hosted a public lecture by Dr. Bernard Goldstein, from the University of Pittsburgh, on the Potential Health Impacts of Marcellus Shale Activities. The presentation slides, with audio, can be accessed at the link below. Clicking on “view slide show” will initiate the slides and voice recording; when the voice recording for each slide is done, click to advance to the next slide.

Dr. Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh. Potential Health Impacts of Marcellus Shale Activities. July 20, 2011