HEI Energy is a nonprofit affiliate of the Health Effects Institute (HEI), chartered as an independent research organization to provide high-quality and impartial science about potential human exposure and health effects associated with onshore development of oil and natural gas from shale and other unconventional resources (UOGD) in the United States.
HEI Energy funds population-level exposure and health research in multiple U.S. regions that is broadly useful to decision-making by regulators, the oil and natural gas industry, environmental organizations, public health experts, communities, and other stakeholders.
HEI Energy receives joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the oil and gas industry. Other public and private organizations periodically provide support.
With oil and gas resource development projected to continue, alongside growing efforts to switch to renewables and conserve energy, a source of credible science is needed to support decisions about how best to ensure the protection of public health in the oversight and implementation of this development.
For more information, check out the HEI Energy Implementation Plan and the HEI Energy Factsheet in English and Spanish, and a summary of HEI Energy Progress and Products. Looking for definitions of UOGD, exposure, and epidemiology-related terms? Check out the HEI Energy glossary.