Health Summit on Fracking - Pittsburgh

April 6, 2013 - 8:00am
Yuri Gorby
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

3-24-13 Update:

Registration: There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Lunch and light snacks will be provided.

Pittsburgh Health Summit on Chemical Exposure in Gasfield Communities

Conference Time: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Purpose: Recent technological advances in directional drilling and high volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing have stimulated the rapid development of a complex industrial network. In addition to multi-acre well pads, this network includes compressor stations, cryogenic separation plants, crystalline silica sand transfer stations, landfills that accept radioactive drill cuttings, and open impoundments for freshwater, flowback and other hazardous liquids. Incidences of human and animal health impacts from living near these facilities are increasingly documented, principally through the efforts of concerned citizens and community-based action groups. The Pittsburgh Health Summit will serve to further amplify the voices of people who suffer with symptoms of chemical exposure as they seek protection from air and waterborne contaminants generated by the rapidly expanding shale gas and oil industry. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Gerald Groves.

Contact Information:

Dr. Yuri Gorby
Howard A. Blitman Chair in Environmental Engineering
Professor, Department of Biology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York, 12080

Ernesto VillaseƱor
Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
GMS Advisor & Ambassador
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate Student & Research Assistant
Science and Technology Studies Dept.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York, 12180

2-12-13 from:
Yuri Gorby, PhD
Howard A. Blitman Chair
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 12080

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The time has come to bring full attention to the countless and increasing number of people who suffer from chemical exposure from living and working in the gas fields of PA, WV and OH. I propose that we hold the "Pittsburgh Health Summit on Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Industrial Activities" to be held in April 6-7, 2013 in Pittsburgh.

My hope is to bring together concerned health professionals, scientists, academicians, politicians, and grassroots organizers together with people who suffer from chemical exposure from living and working near well pads, compressor stations, cryogenic separators, crystalline silica mines and transport stations. We intend to invite local, national and international media to help deliver the message that people are being harmed and that there is a serious public health crisis emerging that can no longer be ignored. As a nation, we need to step up and help people who have already been harmed.

I have reserved a seminar room at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, and will cover costs for food during this summit. This event will include a premiere of our new documentary "Fracking Our Future" which features many of you. (I had the privilege to view a rough cut...deeply impactful.) This film will serve as a springboard for a panel discussion and break out sessions that will address the numerous issues that desperately need attention. The results of this summit will be distributed broadly.

Let me know if you are available to participate. Most importantly, I could really use some help reaching out to other people you deem important to join in this dialogue. The fundamental reason for this summit is to give a louder voice to those who are being sacrificed for profits by a globally destructive industry.

Time to make a difference! Yuri


I would consider participating - by area is groundwater quality and similiar issues. Main areas of concern- proper baseline testing, fixing private wells that have problems that are pre-Marcellus, Educating and Enpowering Well Owners, Providing Technical Assistance, and long-term monitoring.


Brian Oram, PG
B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc.