Op Ed – So what’s the rush to drill for gas?

Reposted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (August 17, 2011) A seasoned environmental health professional looks at the Marcellus Shale By Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D. Haven’t we learned anything from our past mistakes? Public health and the environment have been my life since 1966. I have been a U.S. Public Health Service officer stationed in Los Angeles, […]

If It’s Unsuitable For Mining, Is Drilling Advisable?

There are a handful of watersheds, predominantly in central Pennsylvania, that the Department of Environmental Protection has deemed to be unsuitable for mining activities. According to pages 100-101 of the Oil and Gas Operator’s Manual, a region may be determined to be unsuitable for mining if the mining operation will: be incompatible with existing State […]

2nd Annual Health Effects of Shale Gas Extraction Conference

Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Grand Ballroom (3rd floor), Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Friday, November 18, 2011 — 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM There is no cost to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the event. A light reception will follow. Registration is required. […]

Marcellus Shale Production Decline Over Time in Pennsylvania

There are now three different Marcellus Shale production reports available on FracTracker’s DataTool: Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Production, 7-1-09 to 6-30-10 PA Marcellus Shale Prduction Data: 7-1-2010 through 12-31-2010 PA Marcellus Shale Production Report: January-June 2011 The production data, which is self-reported by the drilling operators, is also available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In […]

Energy and the Environment: Preventing and Resolving Conflicts

Citizen David Tames Gas Goliaths on the Marcellus Shale Stage: Citizen Action as a Form of Dispute Prevention in the Internet Age A NY colleague of ours recently published an article on the issue of natural gas drilling and public engagement in New York State. The potential for environmental and public health issues were discussed […]