EOH Faculty Involved in Webinar on Monitoring Fracking Sites

How to effectively monitor the air and water around hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations has been the subject of much public attention in recent months. Fracking is an oil and gas well development process that typically involves injecting water, sand, and chemicals under high pressure into a bedrock formation. Professorial Lecturer Jennifer Sass and Professor Jerome Paulson just wrapped up a series of three public webinars on the best practices for monitoring such sites. 

Each webinar featured short presentations by academic experts followed by engaging discussions with participants including community leaders, health professionals, and state representatives. They were covered in an article in Forbes magazine. 

The webinars were created to share the results of a two-day workshop on the same topic. It took place last December as the result of a collaborative effort with the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health & the Environment, the Health Effects Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The next steps will be to develop policy and technical recommendations based on these discussions and the workshop, which can be used by communities, state and local governments, health officials, researchers, and others, Sass says.

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