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PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE WORKSHOP ON THE HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF NEW ENERGY SOURCES: SHALE GAS EXTRACTION1 ROB DONNELLY, Royal Dutch Shell, The Hague, Netherlands LYNN R. GOLDMAN, George Washington University, Washington, DC GEORGE M. GRAY, George Washington University, Washington, DC ANDREW MAGUIRE, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC LINDA A. MCCAULEY, Emory University, Atlanta, GA AUBREY MILLER, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD CHRISTOPHER J. PORTIER, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA SCOTT W. TINKER, University of Texas, Austin 1 Institute of Medicine planning committees are solely responsible for organizing the workshop, identifying topics, and choosing speakers. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteurs and the institution. v
ROUNDTABLE ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES, RESEARCH, AND MEDICINE1 FRANK LOY (Chair), Washington, DC LYNN R. GOLDMAN (Vice Chair), George Washington University, Washington, DC HENRY A. ANDERSON, Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Madison JOHN M. BALBUS, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD JAMES K. BARTRAM, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill LINDA S. BIRNBAUM, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC LUZ CLAUDIO, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY DENNIS J. DEVLIN, ExxonMobil Corporation, Irving, TX ROB DONNELLY, Royal Dutch Shell, The Hague, Netherlands RICHARD A. FENSKE, University of Washington, Seattle LUIZ A. GALVÃO, Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC BERNARD D. GOLDSTEIN, University of Pittsburgh, PA RICHARD J. JACKSON, University of California, Los Angeles SUZETTE M. KIMBALL, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA JAY LEMERY, University of Colorado, Denver ANDREW MAGUIRE, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC LINDA A. MCCAULEY, Emory University, Atlanta, GA AL MCGARTLAND, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC DAVID M. MICHAELS, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, DC CANICE NOLAN, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium MARTIN A. PHILBERT, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor CHRISTOPHER J. PORTIER, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA PAUL SANDIFER, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, SC 1 Institute of Medicine forums and roundtables do not issue, review, or approve individual documents. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteurs and the institution. vii
JOHN D. SPENGLER, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA LOUIS W. SULLIVAN, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA ANNE M. SWEENEY, Texas A&M University, College Station G. DAVID TILMAN, University of Minnesota, St. Paul PATRICIA VERDUIN, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Piscataway, NJ NSEDU OBOT WITHERSPOON, Childrenâs Environmental Health Network, Washington, DC HAROLD ZENICK, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC IOM Staff CHRISTINE COUSSENS, Study Director (until August 2013) ERIN RUSCH, Associate Program Officer ANDRÃS GAVIRIA, Research Associate SUZANNE LANDI, Research Associate ANDREW LEMERISE, Research Associate HOPE HARE, Administrative Assistant ROSE MARIE MARTINEZ, Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice viii
Reviewers This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Councilâs Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published workshop summary as sound as possible and to ensure that the workshop summary meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this workshop summary: Jerome Paulson, Mid-Atlantic Center for Childrenâs Health and the Environment Susan Santos, Rutgers School of Public Health Kyra Naumoff Shields, University of Pittsburgh Leonardo Trasande, New York University Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the workshop summary before its release. The review of this workshop summary was overseen by Melvin Worth. Appointed by the Institute of Medicine, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this workshop summary was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this workshop summary rests entirely with the rapporteurs and the institution. ix
Contents 1 INTRODUCTION 1 References, 3 2 OPENING SESSION 5 Opening Remarks, 5 Introducing the Workshop Theme, 6 Framing the Workshop, 7 Health Impact Assessment for Shale Gas Extraction, 9 Discussion, 14 References, 15 3 GEOGRAPHIC FOOTPRINT OF SHALE GAS EXTRACTION 17 Fracturing: Accessing Shale and Tight Gas, 17 Geographic Footprint, 22 References, 26 4 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY IMPACTS 27 NIOSH Field Effort to Assess Chemical Exposures in Oil and Gas Workers: Health Hazards in Hydraulic Fracturing, 27 Community Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Human Health, 31 Economic and Community Impacts of Gas Shale in Pennsylvania, 33 Discussion, 35 References, 37 5 AIR QUALITY 39 Air Pollution Emissions from Shale Gas Development and Production, 39 Air Quality Impacts of Natural Gas Operations in Texas, 45 Air Pollution Exposure and Risk Near Unconventional Natural Gas Drill Sites: An Example from Garfield County, Colorado, 50 Air Quality Respondent, 55 Discussion, 57 References, 58 xi
xii CONTENTS 6 WATER QUALITY 61 Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Water Resources, 61 Hydraulic Fracturing, Water Resources, and Human Health, 70 EPA Study Plan on the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: Approach to Study Potential Health Impacts, 77 Discussion, 80 References, 80 7 SUSTAINABLE ENERGY 83 Sustainable Energy for All?, 83 Sustainable Energy for All: Ensuring Health Throughout the Energy Production and Use Life Cycle, 88 Discussion, 93 References, 95 8 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: RESEARCH COMMUNITY 97 Summary of Presentations, 97 Discussion, 102 Reference, 103 9 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES 105 Environmental Health and Hydraulic Fracturing, 105 Perspectives on Agency Research Activities, 108 Discussion, 114 References, 116 APPENDIXES A AGENDA 117 B SPEAKER BIOSKETCHES 127 C ACRONYMS 141