Weekly Edition – March 20, 2012
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:: Study shows air emissions near fracking sites may have serious health impacts
Study shows air emissions near fracking sites may have serious health impacts
In a new study, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health have shown that air pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing or fracking may contribute to acute and chronic health problems for those living near natural gas drilling sites.
“Our data show that it is important to include air pollution in the national dialogue on natural gas development that has focused largely on water exposures to hydraulic fracturing,” said Lisa McKenzie, Ph.D., MPH, lead author of the study and research associate at the Colorado School of Public Health.
The study will be published in an upcoming edition of Science of the Total Environment.
The report, based on three years of monitoring, found a number of potentially toxic petroleum hydrocarbons in the air near the wells including benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene. Benzene has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a known carcinogen. Other chemicals included heptane, octane and diethylbenzene but information on their toxicity is limited.
“Our results show that the non-cancer health impacts from air emissions due to natural gas development is greater for residents living closer to wells,” the report said. “The greatest health impact corresponds to the relatively short-term, but high emission, well completion period.”
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From Community to Care: Attend the 3rd Annual Public Health Symposium
Attend the 3rd Annual Public Health Symposium “From community to care: Redefining the Public Health Workforce” on April 4, 2012, from 8:30 AM – 4 PM, in the Lory Student Center.
The public Health Symposium on is hosted by the Colorado School of Public Health’s graduate degree program in public health program located at Colorado State University, and the Center for Public Health Practice. There is no cost to attend. Register online at www.publichealth.colostate.edu.
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