Marcellus Shale Health and Educational Seminar presented by Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness
Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness Presents
Marcellus Shale Health and Educational Seminar
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
October 15, 2011
Hilton Garden Inn - Southpointe
Exit 48 off of I -79
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Door Prize Registration at 9:30 AM
Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Drilling - Dr. Poune' Saberi
Guest Speaker: Dr. Poune' Saberi is participating in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a clinician at B.L. Johnson Sayre Health Center and faculty member of the Family Medicine and Community Health Department. Her passion is learning and teaching about the effects of environmental factors and toxicology on personal health. She is currently undertaking a study at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology about the health impacts of unconventional natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.
Marcellus Shale and Pipeline Infrastructure: What You Need to Know and Why
Lynda Farrell, Executive Director of Pipeline Safety Coalition, a non-profit formed as a clearinghouse for factual unbiased information to increase public awareness and participation in pipeline safety issues. Lynda and four of her neighbors were successful in fending off eminent domain in a landmark Federal Court decision to protect their land, steep slopes and the historic Brandywine Creek. Lynda Farrell for over a decade has combined her diverse background in education, finance, marketing and farming to provide environmental/agricultural consulting and grant writing.
Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction in Energy Production Landscapes: Interactions Among Historical and Contemporary Processes
Dan Bain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Geology and Planetary Science will relate how the unconventional extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale Formation is a recent but rapidly growing activity in Pennsylvania that depends on relatively recent technological advances and that our ability to evaluate risks is hindered by limited experience in how production activities effect the landscape. In particular, areas in southwestern Pennsylvania which have undergone earlier periods of historical coal mining, introducing a relatively distinct set of shallow groundwater and geochemical conditions. Incorporating such differences into our conceptual management frameworks is essential to successful evaluation of risk in decision making processes.
Health and Safety Considerations of the Marcellus Shale Production Process
Jill Kriesky, Ph.D., is the Senior Project Coordinator for the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities and an affiliate in the Graduate School of Public Heath at the University of Pittsburgh. She will address the health and safety concerns at all stages of unconventional natural gas drilling. The Center for Healthy Environments and Communities has a community-based approach to analyze social, economic, political, policy, behaviors and geographical variables associated with environmental issues.
Professional Experiences in Health Care Relating to Workers and Patients
Registered nurses caring for injuries and illnesses related to natural gas drilling will provide insight into concerns and safety issues as they relate to their first hand experiences in their profession.
Duquesne University Presentations
Duquesne University Students of the class of Philosophy of Technology in order to complete their service learning requirement will do two power point presentations: What Constitutes Good Scientific Research with an Examination of Problems and Conflicts of Interests Among Researchers and Pennsylvania's Clean and Green Concerning the Impact of going from Agricultural to Industrial.
Various environmental groups and health organizations will be present to distribute information to the public.
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