2012 Shale Gas Extraction Summit: Public Health Implications/Prevention

October 2-3, 2012

North Carolina Biotechnology Center (15 T.W. Alexander Drive, 27709)

Research Triangle Park, NC

Shale Gas Extraction, also known as “hydrofracking” or “fracking,” is increasingly in the news as the deployment of the technologies has expanded, rural communities have transformed overnight, public awareness has increased, and regulations have developed. In many states, early discussions about shale gas extraction neglected to critically examine the environmental and public health impacts of hydrofracking technologies. As a result, the lack of information has limited the health system’s ability to address concerns by regulators at the industry, employee, community, state and federal levels.

In July 2012, North Carolina legalized shale gas extraction. This October 2012 summit explored the most important issues related to the prevention of adverse public health effects through three work groups (exposure characterizations/social impacts on communities/health impact assessments) that each address an individual aspect of the larger situation.

Issues discussed included baseline data needs, surveillance of adverse effects on humans and potential occupational and environmental exposures (air, water, soil, etc.), communication strategies, and collaborations with local, state and federal agencies as well as with industry and public interest groups. Because fracking has yet to begin in North Carolina, experts in the state have an opportunity to provide a model of recommended practices that other states may adopt to help prevent potential environmental and public health disasters.

Summit Supporters


Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/


SRA International
http://www.sra.com/


RTI International
http://www.rti.org/


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/


Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University
http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/index.html


North Carolina State University
http://www.ncsu.edu/


Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science
http://ncsu.edu/kenan/start.html


UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
http://www.sph.unc.edu/


North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
http://www.enr.state.nc.us/


North Carolina Division of Public Health
http://www.ncpublichealth.com/


MDB, Inc.
http://www.michaeldbaker.com/


Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
http://www.s-3.com


Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
http://www.rtp.org/main/index.php


North Carolina Biotechnology Center
http://www.ncbiotech.org/


The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences
http://www.thehamner.org/


Triangle Global Health Consortium
http://triangleglobalhealth.org/


North Carolina State University Center for Human Health and Environment
http://go.ncsu.edu/chhe


Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
http://www.astho.org/


Fleishman Hillard International Communications
http://www.fleishman.com


VisionPoint Marketing
http://www.visionpointmarketing.com