Human Exposure Research in a Cyclical Industry Part 1: Air Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development

February 26, 2021

Background: Research on potential exposures and health effects associated with unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD) should be grounded in a good understanding of not only exposure assessment and epidemiology, but also the UOGD operations themselves. Study designs would benefit by researchers knowing about specific UOGD operations on and off of the well pad, how they might result in community exposures, and how they vary across space and over time as do, by extension, the exposures associated with them. 

Overview of the Webinar: The webinar will increase understanding of specific UOGD processes associated with air emissions and trends in the emissions – learning from experience and looking to future changes that can influence human exposure. The primary goal is to inform policymakers, communities, and others making health-based decisions about UOGD and academics who must factor these trends into their study designs to ensure the utility of their human exposure research.

This webinar is part of an HEI-Energy Webinar Series, Energy Production and Human Health: Surveying Current Knowledge about Exposures from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development. This series of webinars provides impartial information about human exposure and health effects associated with UOGD with two primary objectives:

  1. Inform policymakers, communities, and others making health-based decisions about UOGD.
  2. Raise the level of understanding of UOGD operations and, in so doing, help to ensure the utility and relevance of future human exposure and health research.

Check out this recording of the webinar:

Sessions

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction
HEI-Energy

Overview of UOGD operations that emit noise and chemicals to outdoor air

Overview of UOGD operations that emit noise and chemicals to outdoor air
Environmental Engineer

“Wish lists” of UOGD operational information for understanding emissions to air and associated human exposures for the purpose of protecting public health

Federal Perspective
Oil & Gas Air Technical Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
State Perspective
New Mexico Secretary of the Environment and Co-Chair of the ECOS Oil & Gas Caucus

Panel Discussion with Q&A

Moderated by Donna Vorhees, CEO and Director of Energy Research

Location

Virtual