Energy Production and Human Health: Surveying Current Knowledge about Exposures from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development

February 26, 2021 to November 30, 2021

Register for the next webinar: Abandoned and Orphaned Oil and Natural Gas Wells on November 30, 2021, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM ET

Research on potential exposures and health effects associated with unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD) should be grounded in a good understanding of not only exposure assessment and epidemiology, but also the UOGD operations themselves. Study designs would benefit by researchers knowing about specific UOGD operations on and off of the well pad, how they might result in community exposures, and how they vary across space and over time as do, by extension, the exposures associated with them. 

This series of webinars provides impartial information about human exposure and health effects associated with UOGD with two primary objectives:

  1. Inform policymakers, communities, and others making health-based decisions about UOGD.
  2. Raise the level of understanding of UOGD operations and, in so doing, help to ensure the utility and relevance of future human exposure and health research.

Below are the webinar recordings, session overviews, and slides of previous webinars in this series.

More information about the upcoming webinar can also be found below.

Sessions

Human Exposure Research in a Cyclical Industry: Abandoned and Orphaned Oil and Natural Gas Wells

This new webinar, hosted by HEI Energy, will review the current understanding of the scale and location of abandoned and orphaned oil and natural gas wells across the United States, possible human exposures associated with releases to air and water from these wells, and the technology involved with properly abandoning oil and natural gas wells to prevent releases. All speakers will address the question of research needs to better understand and address exposures related to abandoned and orphaned wells. The primary goal is to inform policymakers, communities, and others making health-based decisions about unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD), as well as academics who must factor this information into their study designs to ensure the utility of their human exposure research.

Webinar recording

Welcome & Introduction
HEI Energy
Well Plugging Operations and Challenges
Plants & Goodwin
Engagement at the Science-Policy Interface
AAAS EPI Center
State Oversight and Progress
Identifying and Quantifying Emissions from Abandoned and Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells
DOE NETL
Linking Methane in Groundwater to an Abandoned Gas Well: A Colorado Example
Panel Discussion with Q&A

Human Exposure Research in a Cyclical Industry Part 3: Noise from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development

The webinar will explore UOGD processes that might result in noise and how they are managed, state-of-the-practice principles for monitoring noise, and efforts to assess community exposures to noise from UOGD. All speakers will address the question of research needs to better understand and address noise exposures. The primary goal is to inform policymakers, communities, and others making health-based decisions about UOGD and academics who must factor this information into their study designs to ensure the utility of their human exposure research.

Webinar recording

Welcome and Introduction
HEI-Energy
Noise Emissions in Unconventional Energy Development
Patching Associates Acoustical Engineering
Environmental Noise Exposure Assessment
Ryerson University
Community Noise Exposure Near Oil and Natural Gas Well Sites
University of Colorado Denver
Panel Discussion with Q&A

Human Exposure Research in a Cyclical Industry Part 2: Releases to Water from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas

The webinar will increase understanding of specific UOGD processes that might result in releases to surface water or groundwater and trends in the releases – learning from experience and looking to future changes that can influence human exposure. Releases to water might be authorized under federal or state requirements, while others might result from accidental or unauthorized events. The primary goal is to inform policymakers, communities, and others making health-based decisions about UOGD and academics who must factor this information into their study designs to ensure the utility of their human exposure research.

Webinar recording

Welcome and Introduction
HEI-Energy
UOGD Operations Overview: Water and Wastewater Management
ConocoPhillips
Shell Oil Company
A Tale of Two Regions: Water Quality Oversight in the Western and Eastern Regions of the United States
USEPA Region 8
USEPA Region 3
A Scientist’s Challenge: Tools for Identifying UOGD Impacts on Water Quality
Setting State Policy: What Do We Need from Scientific Research?
Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Panel Discussion with Q&A

Human Exposure Research in a Cyclical Industry Part 1: Air Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development

The webinar will increase understanding of specific UOGD processes associated with air emissions and trends in the emissions – learning from experience and looking to future changes that can influence human exposure. The primary goal is to inform policymakers, communities, and others making health-based decisions about UOGD and academics who must factor these trends into their study designs to ensure the utility of their human exposure research.

Webinar recording

Welcome and Introduction
HEI-Energy
Overview of UOGD operations that emit noise and chemicals to outdoor air
Environmental Engineer
“Wish lists” of UOGD operational information for understanding emissions to air and associated human exposures for the purpose of protecting public health: Federal Perspective
Oil & Gas Air Technical Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
“Wish lists” of UOGD operational information for understanding emissions to air and associated human exposures for the purpose of protecting public health: State Perspective
New Mexico Secretary of the Environment and Co-Chair of the ECOS Oil & Gas Caucus
Panel Discussion with Q&A
HEI-Energy