Time & Location
Jul 21, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
About the event
Pennsylvania's Shale Gas Boom: How Policy Decisions Failed to Protect Public Health and What We Can Do to Correct It
Hosted by: Environmental Health Project & HealthFirstPA
Date & Time: Thursday, July 21, Noon-1 p.m.
This one-hour webinar focuses on policy decisions made by the Pennsylvania state government that failed to protect public health from the harmful effects of shale gas development (also called “fracking” or “unconventional gas development”). The webinar also examines the resulting health impacts of these decisions. Finally, it explores what state government can do moving forward to better protect residents from the health impacts of this pollution.
The webinar content relies largely on the findings of the Environmental Health Project’s white paper, “Pennsylvania's Shale Gas Boom: How Policy Decisions Failed to Protect Public Health and What We Can Do to Correct It.” The webinar is geared toward anyone with an interest in learning about how government repeatedly failed to protect public health and what steps can now be taken to remedy the situation. Time will be set aside for a Q&A.
“What Went Wrong?” – EHP’s Director of Research and Policy Beth Weinberger (MPH, PhD) discusses certain policy decisions made by Pennsylvania legislators, governors, and agencies that jeopardized the health and welfare of residents and continues to do so.
“Why Does It Matter?” – EHP’s Public Health Manager Makenzie White (MPH, LMSW) talks about health impacts felt by residents living in proximity to shale gas development, including higher risks of respiratory issues, heart disease, poor birth outcomes, and cancer.
“How Can We Do Better?” – EHP’s Executive Director Alison L. Steele (MBA) outlines a framework for policymakers that, if incorporated, would go a long way toward helping to protect the health of Pennsylvanians from the harmful effects of shale gas development.
The webinar includes an introduction from the Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, President and CEO of The Evangelical Environmental Network.
To view the recording, click here.