MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:
Pitt to Host 2nd Annual Marcellus Shale Scientific Conference
WHAT: The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) will host the second annual Health Effects of Shale Gas Extraction Conference
WHO: Nationally noted scientists and policymakers will speak and host panel discussions, including:
- Aaron Barchowsky, Ph.D., GSPH Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
- Donald S. Burke, M.D., GSPH dean and associate vice chancellor for Global Health
- Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., GSPH Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
- Robert Jackson, Ph.D., Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, Department of Biology
- Allen Robinson, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18
WHERE: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Grand Ballroom, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
WHY: Natural gas plays a role in providing our nation with cleaner energy and greater energy independence. Technical, economic and energy policy developments have helped increase gas extraction, especially through the use of hydraulic fracturing. However, there are increasing concerns about the impact of heightened industrial development in gas extraction on drinking water resources, air quality and public health. The new technologies and exposures to unique combinations of chemicals and minerals during hydraulic fracturing pose new occupational hazards to both those performing drilling and first responders to industrial accidents. In addition, Pitt research suggests rapid development and dramatic environmental changes can have an adverse social and health impact on communities.
This conference will explore the science and methodology of environmental health effects of natural gas extraction from shale deposits.
Journalists are encouraged to register for the conference because space is limited. For more information and to register, visit www.shalegas.pitt.edu.