Unconventional Oil & Natural Gas - Third Public Workshop, July 2015, Pittsburgh, PA

July 30, 2015

This third and final public workshop provided an opportunity for the HEI Special Scientific Committee to hear comments on the draft Strategic Research Agenda on the Impacts of 21st Century Oil and Gas Development in the Appalachian Region and Beyond from interested members of academia, industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. Workshop participants heard an overview of the draft Research Agenda as well as summaries of the Committee’s priority research questions organized into three general areas of research: Stressor and Exposure Characterization, Health and Well-Being, and Evaluation of Most-Effective Practices. Participants also had a chance to voice their own research questions and priorities during a facilitated discussion. Organizational support was provided by the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics.


Welcome and Introductions


Presentation of the Draft Research Agenda

Purpose and Application of the Research Agenda
Vanderbilt University
Overview of the Research Agenda
Stressor and Exposure Characterization
Carnegie Mellon University
Health and Well-Being
USDA Forest Service
Health and Well-Being
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
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Health and Well-Being
Utah State University
Evaluation of Most-Effective Practices
Leadville Geology
Review of Research Recommendations
University of Washington

Looking Ahead: Workshop Participant Views on the draft Research Agenda

For each general area of research, we would like participants to consider the following questions:
1. Is anything missing?
2. Is there anything that doesn’t belong?
3. Are certain research topics emphasized too much or too little?
4. Is anything inaccurate?
Overarching Comments: Stressor and Exposure Characterization; Health and Well-Being; Evaluation of Most-Effective Practices
Closing Remarks and Next Steps
Health Effects Institute


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