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Mon River Declared ‘Impaired’

By Tim Puko Reposted from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The Monongahela River is at a crossroads.  Not just at the Point, where the dark, silty Mon — lifeblood to heavy industry — merges with the clearer Allegheny. The Mon might be one of the country’s most endangered rivers, according to scientists studying the river. Since 2008, […]

Event Notices for Public Participation in Marcellus Discussions

Delaware River Basin Commission Hearing Wednesday, September 15 Business meeting begins: 1:30 pm Public Comment Period starts at 2:30pm and will be over by 6:00pm. Join Protecting Our Waters at the Delaware River Basin Commission’s public hearing! The DRBC is being pressured to release rules for unconventional gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed – […]

EPA Finds Wyoming Drinking Water Wells Contaminated Near Gas Drilling Sites

Reposted Article – Reuters U.S. government officials urged residents of a Wyoming farming community near natural gas drilling sites not to use private well water for drinking or cooking because of chemical contamination. “Sample results indicate that the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons and other chemical compounds in groundwater represents a drinking water concern,” the Environmental […]

What Do We Need to Know? Public Health Presentations at GSPH

On Friday, August 27th, CHEC conducted a symposium at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) on the potential public health concerns associated with gas extraction activities, especially those occurring in the Marcellus Shale region. The panel discussion addressed the following topics: Potential human exposure pathways to water and air contaminants, Behavioral […]

FracTracker Blog and Data Tool for Use in Shale Gas and Oil Plays throughout the Country

Piloting FracTracker in the Marcellus Shale Region By Conrad (Dan) Volz, DrPH, MPH – Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH); Director, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities; Director, Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certificate Program, GSPH This document explains the fractracker.org web-platform for tracking shale […]

Potential Shale Gas Extraction Air Pollution Impacts

How Organic Compounds Contained in the Shale Layer Can Volatilize Into Air, Become Hazardous Air Pollutants and Cause Ozone Formation By: Conrad Dan Volz, DrPH, MPH; Drew Michanowicz, MPH, CPH; Charles Christen, DrPH, MEd; Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH; Kyle Ferrer, MPH – Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC), University of Pittsburgh, GSPH, EOH department […]