Chemicals in Oil and Gas Operations
Endocrine Disruption and Unconventional Oil and Gas Production: A Teleconference Series
Perinatal outcomes and unconventional natural gas development in Southwest Pennsylvania
Thursday May 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm Eastern Dr. Shaina Stacy discussed her work investigating the potential impact of unconventional natural gas development (UGD) on infant health, particularly in southwest Pennsylvania, where the industry has been expanding rapidly since 2007. There is a small but growing body of research demonstrating that living near UGD may negatively impact infant health, including increased risk for certain birth defects, low birth weight, and preterm birth. Dr. Stacy's research has shown that infants born to mothers living in more densely drilled areas may have lower birth weights compared to those living in areas with less drilling activity from a wastewater injection disposal site.
Dr. Stacy is a postdoctoral research associate at the Brown University School of Public Health. She received her Master of Public Health and PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Pittsburgh. During this time, she worked with Dr. Bruce Pitt and Dr. Evelyn Talbott investigating the effects of environmental exposures on infant and children's health. This included her work exploring the potential health effects of unconventional natural gas development in southwest Pennsylvania. She currently works with Dr. Joseph Braun exploring the impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as bisphenol A and triclosan, on children's neurobehavioral health.
Mark your calendars for the next call in the series!
This presentation is the first in a three-part series of teleconference calls on how chemicals associated with unconventional oil and gas development may be affecting endocrine function, reproduction and prenatal development. Registration information for the following call will be announced soon.
Thursday June 2, 2016, 2:00 pm Eastern - Dr. Nicole Deziel will discuss "A systematic evaluation of chemicals in hydraulic-fracturing fluids and wastewater for reproductive and developmental toxicity".
Listen to the MP3 recording of our April call, with Dr. Chris Kassotis presenting on Unconventional oil and gas extraction and endocrine disruptors: Implications for human and animal health.