HEI Research Planning Workshop #1: Understanding Population-Level Exposures Related to the Development of Oil and Natural Gas from Unconventional Resources, July 2018, Denver, CO

July 11, 2018 to July 12, 2018

The purpose of HEI’s Energy Research Program is to identify and conduct high-priority research on the potential population exposures and health effects from the onshore development of oil and natural gas from shale and other unconventional resources (UOGD) across the United States.

The workshop provided an opportunity for the Energy Research Committee to hear from a broad range of stakeholders about their expert opinions and perspectives on the literature, important knowledge gaps, and research priorities along with the criteria used to define the priorities. The Committee will consider information received during the workshop as it conducts its own review of the literature and formulates research priorities for population-level exposure research.


Welcome & Introduction

Vanderbilt University
Committee's Approach to Literature Review and Research Planning
Brief Description of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Overview of Exposure Assessment Literature

Moderator: Judy LaKind

NIOSH Research of Occupational Exposures in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Community Exposures Near Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
Colorado School of Public Health

Industry Trends and Related Research

Overview of Air Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Gas Operations
Chevron Energy Technology Company
MSEEL - The Marcellus Shale Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
West Virginia University

Perspectives on Regulatory Trends

Moderator: Robert O'Keefe

Panel discussion with Martha Rudolph, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment; Michael Honeycutt, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Nichole Saunders, Environmental Defense Fund. 

Group Exercise #1

All Workshop Participants

Group Exercise #1: What criteria should be used to prioritize research recommendations?

Air Quality Literature

Moderator: Armistead (Ted) Russell

Emissions from Upstream Oil and Gas Operations in the United States: Key Questions for Health Assessments
University of Texas at Austin
Emissions and Near-field Dispersion of Air Toxics from Oil and Gas Drilling, Completions, and Production in Colorado
Colorado State University
Barnett Shale Revisited: Plan for Exposure Assessment of Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development and Production
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Recap from Previous Day

Day 1 Recap

Water Quality Literature

Overview of Potential Water-Related Human Exposures
Vanderbilt University
Highlights from Recent Research on Surface and Ground Water Quality
United States Geological Survey
Advancing Research on Oil and Gas Produced Water
Environmental Defense Fund
Groundwater Quality and Hydraulic Fracturing: Current Understanding and Science Needs
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Group Exercise #2

All Workshop Participants

Group Exercise #2: What potential human exposure would you study if you were given $2 million for research?

Human Health Risk Assessment

Acute and Chronic Health Risks Estimated from Ambient Non-methane Levels in Colorado's Oil and Gas Basins
Colorado School of Public Health
CDPHE's Assessment of Human Health Risk
Colorado School of Public Health


Donna Vorhees

Next steps in research planning and opportunities for continued participation.

Participant Posters

Workshop participants received an invitation to display posters at the Workshop. The following posters were displayed throughout the Workshop. There was no formal poster presentation session.

Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from oil and natural gas activities in several U.S. shale basins
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Aerodyne Research Inc.; University of Calgary
An energizing new program to address public health concerns of oil and gas development in Colorado
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Assessment of potential public health effects from oil and gas operations in Colorado
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Quantifying the relationship between reported health symptoms and air exposures across multiple communities near Oil and Gas Operations in Colorado
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Air Toxics Inhalation – Screening Level Health Hazard Assessment in Area with High Concentration of Natural Gas Production
Inhalation Toxicology and Risk Assessment
A Semi-Quantitative Geospatial Pollutant-Specific Exposure Metric for Use in Health Studies Associated with Unconventional Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh; Millman Cancer Institute (UPMC)
Overview of Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Industry Standards
American Petroleum Institute
Engaging Agencies and the Public in Atmospheric Monitoring Observations through Real-Time Data Posting
University of Colorado, Boulder; Boulder County Public Health


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