Shale Gas Drilling and Public Health

Videos of the 2019 “SHALE AND PUBLIC HEALTH” conference have been posted online here for those who weren’t able to attend.

(Republished blog from December 5, 2019)

The annual conference was presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania with funding from the Colcom Foundation and the Heinz Endowments to the League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund.

A couple of my earlier blogs focused on these presentations. Here is a list of all the video presentations from November 19, 2019:

Cris Beuger MPH, LWV  Emcee
Terrie Griffin DMin MHS,  Co-President, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
Sally Wenzel MD, Dept. Chair, Pitt Graduate School of Public Health

Compressor Station Emissions and Health
Michael McCawley PhD MSE  Clinical Assoc. Professor, WVU School of Public Health

Congenital Heart Defects, Cardiovascular Disease, and Unconventional Gas Development
Lisa McKenzie PhD MPH, Assistant Research Professor, Colorado School Public Health

Drinking Water Quality & Unconventional Oil & Gas Development in the Appalachian Basin
Nicole Deziel PhD MHS,  Asst. Professor, Yale School of Public Health; Yale Cancer Center & Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology

Trends in Oil and Gas Waste Disposal in Pennsylvania 1991-2017 and Public Health
Lee Ann Hill MPH, Senior Scientist, PSE Healthy Energy

LUNCH and Speaker: Reporting on Radioactivity in Oil & Gas Development
Justin Nobel, 
Journalist for Rolling Stone & other publications

Science and Policy: A Panel Discussion moderated by Bruce Pitt PhD, Professor, U. Pgh Graduate School of Public Health
Brian Schwartz MD, Johns Hopkins; Senior Investigator, Geisinger Health Research Ctr.
Lisa McKenzie PhD MPH, Asst. Research Professor, Colorado School of Public Health
Scott Perry Esq.,  
Deputy Secretary, Office of Oil & Gas Management, PA DEP
The Hon. Bobby Zirkin, Maryland State Senator

Heart Failure Hospitalizations, Unconventional Natural Gas Development, the BNP BioMarker
Tara McAlexander PhD MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow Drexel School of Public Health

Unconventional Gas Development, Maternal Mental Health in Pregnancy, Birth Outcomes
Joan A. Casey PhD  Assistant Professor, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Climate Change, Fracking, Plastics and Public Health
Plastic & Climate: Climate Change Impacts Across the Plastics Lifecycle
Steven Feit JD, Staff Attorney, Climate & Energy, Center for Intl. Environmental Law

Researching Methane Impact on Climate
Patrice Tomcik, Project Manager, State Campaigns, Mom’s Clean Air Force

Citizen Science: Indoor Air Monitoring
Samantha Totoni, ROCIS; Annette & Preston Shimer, LWV members

Speaker biographies can be found at the bottom of this page.

Where to begin

I’ve been to all 7 of these all-day conferences and find the information presented invaluable, so here is the entire 2019 conference for you to watch in the comfort of your own home or office.

I would suggest beginning with Compressor Station Emissions and Health with Michael McCawley PhD MSE  Clinical Assoc. Professor, WVU School of Public Health.
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