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Health Impacts Associated with Unconventional Oil and Gas Production

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McKenzie, et al. (2017) Childhood hematologic cancer and residential proximity to oil and gas development.

McKenzie, et al. (2014) Birth outcomes and maternal residential proximity to natural gas development in rural Colorado.

Adgate, et al. (2014) Potential public health hazards, exposures and health effects from unconventional natural gas development.

McKenzie, et al. (2012) Human health risk assessment of air emissions from development of unconventional natural gas resources.

Oil and Gas Development: Evaluating the Implications. 

Thursday, April 13th at 12 pm Eastern Dr. Lisa McKenzie discussed her recent paper on proximity to oil and gas development and risk for hematologic cancers in children 0-24 years old. She also discussed the concept of proximity studies, levels of evidence, and future research needs in environmental health studies of oil and gas development.

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Photo of Dr. McKenzieLisa McKenzie, PhD MPH,is an Assistant Research Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus. Her expertise is in exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. Dr. McKenzie’s research has contributed to the understanding of how air pollutants and other exposures resulting from the unconventional development of petroleum resources may affect the public’s health. Her studies investigating associations between adverse birth outcomes and childhood cancers and proximity to oil and gas development are among the first epidemiological studies on this topic to appear in the published literature. Her sentinel human health risk assessment indicated the potential for respiratory, neurological, and developmental health outcomes resulting from exposure to air pollutants emitted during natural gas development. She has testified before the United States Congress and the Denver Metropolitan Regional Air Quality Council on the public health implications of natural gas development.