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Fracking and Health: Ask an Expert

Get answers to your questions about health threats posed by unconventional oil and gas operations as TEDX interviews leading experts and records their answers in short podcasts.

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Dr. Susan Nagel, Associate Professor and Director of the Research Success Center in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Missouri, answers the question  “What is the latest science on fracking and hormone disruption?” She discusses the science on health effects from prenatal exposure to fracking chemicals in animal models and human proximity studies and suggests building upon current research through collaboration with impacted communities.

Elyse Caron-Beaudoin photoDr. Elyse Caron-Beaudoin, postdoctoral fellow in the University of Montreal School of Public Health, answers the question “How can biomonitoring be used by communities impacted by fracking?” She gives practical tips for designing research studies to measure chemicals in the bodies of people living near fracking. She also discusses how biomonitoring data can support efforts to protect public health. Read her study on the topic.

Weinberger photo croppedDr. Beth Weinberger, researcher and public health consultant with the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, answers the question, “How can NGOs address health symptoms in fracked communities?” She discusses health effects seen in these communities and recommends tools and resources available to advocacy groups and residents living near unconventional oil and natural gas activity. Read her study on the topic.

Dusty Horwitt photoDusty Horwitt, Senior Counsel at the Partnership for Policy Integrity, answers the question “How do environmental laws protect fracking chemicals?” He discusses EPA’s regulatory authority over new drilling and fracking chemicals and the confidentiality laws that conceal chemical identifiers from the public. He also presents a solution in which chemical names are kept confidential while usage and health data are revealed. Read more on the topic and hear National Public Radio coverage.

Dr. Marsha HaleyDr. Marsha Haley, Radiation Oncology Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor at Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), answers the question, “How Can We Set Safe Setback Distances?” She discusses the factors that must be addressed to minimize risk when determining setback distances and recommends strategies for developing meaningful dialogue between affected communities and lawmakers. Read her study on the topic. 

MichelleBamberger Dr. Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian and researcher investigating links between human and animal health and unconventional oil and gas extraction, answers the question, “Is our food at risk from livestock raised near fracking operations?” She discusses potential exposure scenarios, health impacts, and the possible contamination of our food supply. Read more on the topic.

Seth Shonkoff_Pic-edited2Dr. Seth Shonkoff, Executive Director of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, answers the question, "Is our food at risk from oil and gas wastewater repurposed for crop irrigation?" He discusses the many unknown factors surrounding the practice of irrigating with oilfield wastewater and describes a potential model for monitoring the water and protecting the public.

TELEConference calls

Health effects associated with unconventional oil and gas

TEDX hosts 30-minute teleconference calls with scientists studying how chemicals associated with unconventional oil and gas development may be affecting health. Download the slides and follow along as scientists deliver presentations on their recent research, followed by Q&A.

Videos and Webinars 

The following are video and webinar presentations given by TEDX staff.  

  • Kim Schultz: Using the FrackHealth Database to support your campaign. In this webinar, you'll learn how to use the database to quickly find research you need - plus you'll see some examples on how to use this research in your campaigns when challenging industry or government dismissal of health concerns. (30 min., January 2018, Halth the Harm Network)
  • Ashley Bolden: New Look at BTEX: Are Ambient Levels a Problem? On this call, evidence from TEDX's review was presented suggesting that low BTEX exposure are connected to developmental, respiratory, and immune effects like reduced fetal growth, asthma, and increased susceptibility to allergy. (30 min., May 2015, The Collaborative on Health and the Environment)
  • Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski: Fracking Here? Think About It! This is an overview of unconventional oil and gas development, and research results from air sampling in Garfield and Delta Counties in Colorado presented at a community forum held in Hotchkiss, CO. (40 min., April 2015, Citizens for a Healthy Community)
  • Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski: Natural Gas Development, Public Health and Protecting the Most Vulnerable Populations. This presentation is about the public health implications of natural gas operations, with an emphasis on air pollution and the risks they might hold for vulnerable populations, including children and pregnant women. (50 min., April 2014, Center for Environmental Health)
  • Dr. Theo Colborn: Natural Gas Operations, Air Emission Exposure, and Recommendations to the Healthcare Community, a Continuing Medical Education (CME) course implemented by Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy. (45 min., April 2014, PSE)
  • Dr. Theo Colborn: The Fossil Fuel Connection , a short video from LinkTV. (6 min., 2013, LinkTV.org)
  • Dr. Theo Colborn: Natural Gas: The Rest of the Story. Dr. Colborn speaks to an audience in western Colorado on the hazards posed to human and environmental health by air pollution from natural gas operations. (24 min., March 2012, Citizens for a Healthy Community)
  • Dr. Theo Colborn: Fracking: Implications for Human and Environmental Health. This call featured leading researchers in different fields of expertise who discussed the potential human and environmental health implications of fracking. (60 min., November 2010, The Collaborative on Health and the Environment)
  • Dr. Theo Colborn: What You Need to Know About Natural Gas Production. This video illustrates how natural gas is not the 'clean energy' that industry touts it to be and calls for full public disclosure of all chemicals involved in drilling and fracturing. (47 min., 2009, TEDX)