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January 28, 2014

Symposium on the Impact of Natural Gas Drilling on Public Health and the Environment to be Held at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) and the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) will co-host a symposium on February 18, 2014 about the public health effects of natural gas drilling operations.

This meeting aims to profile the state of the science as it relates to the public health and environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing. Stakeholders from the four major affected groups – government, academia, industry, and concerned citizens – will all be participating as speakers and attendees. The symposium will profile ongoing research on this topic, and the day will end with a session on citizens’ concerns and a panel discussion. 

Sessions and speakers include:

The Hydraulic Fracturing Process - Are there effects on air and water quality?

Tim Bechtel, PhD, Earth and Environmental Studies, Franklin and Marshall College

Peter DeCarlo, PhD, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering & Department of Chemistry, Drexel University

Lisa Senior, Acting Water-Quality Specialist, USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center

Public Health Impact - What is happening now?

Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, Department of Environmental and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health

Trevor M. Penning,  PhD, CEET Director, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr, MD, Director, Airways Biology Initiative & CEET Deputy Director, University of Pennsylvania

Beizhan Yan, PhD, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Marilyn V. Howarth, MD, Director, CEET Community Outreach and Engagement Core; Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Brian Schwartz, MD, MS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Senior Investigator, Geisinger Center for Health Research

Industry Practices and Regulation

Satinder S. Sarang, PhD, DABT, Toxicologist, Shell International; Vice Chair, American Petroleum Institute’s Exploration and Production Health Issues Group

Samantha Beers, Esq., Environmental Protection Agency, US EPA Mid-Atlantic Region III

Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf, (R) Montgomery/Bucks County, Pennsylvania 12th Senate District

Citizen’s Concerns: What are the concerns of the community?

Rebecca Roter, Founder, Breathe Easy Susquehanna County

Joseph Otis Minott, Esq., Executive Director, Clean Air Council

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 8:00am – 5:30pm

Where: Smilow Center for Translational Research Rubenstein Auditorium and Lobby, 3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (enter through the front entrance of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine)

What: Agenda and other details can be found on the CEET web site. Registration is free but required for attendance and for participation via web. Please register here

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