Shale Gas & Oil Health Registry & Resource Network

The Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD, or “fracking”).

Recent studies suggest exposure to air contaminants associated with UOGD increase an individual’s risk for the development of or worsening of preexisting respiratory or cardiovascular disease. In addition, some of the contaminants have adverse neurological effects, others are carcinogenic. In response to these concerns, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has developed the EHP.

Since 2012, the EHP has been assisting and supporting residents who believe their health is, or could be, impacted by UOGD. EHP’s health professionals conduct health assessments and provide individual guidance on minimizing health effects from exposure to UOGD. The EHP provides information on health risks to community groups, health care providers and public officials.

In order to expand our understanding of links between shale development emissions and health EHP, in partnership with the Genetic Alliance, has introduced the Shale Oil & Gas Health Registry & Resource Network, the first national system to track health impacts from shale gas and oil development.

To learn more about the registry, check out FracTracker’s article: The Shale Gas & Oil Health Registry: A Collective Step to Track the Impacts of Fracking. The article outlines why a health registry is important and how you can make a difference.

If you are interested in learning more about EHP’s Shale Oil & Gas Health Registry & Resource Network, join EHP and Halt the Harm Network for a webinar to learn how you can participate, engage and use this new tool to support your work against the harms of fracking.

Thursday, April 20, at 10:00 a.m. MDT.

Click here to sign up for the webinar.

By participating in this registry, individuals can:

  • SHARE: Answer as many questions as you would like, and control how and with whom that information is shared.
  • CONNECT: Find out how you compare to others, and let support and helpful resources come to you. As a participant in the registry, you will also gain access to targeted data relevant to where you live and use this information to support your advocacy efforts.
  • DISCOVER: If you wish, let researchers access your information to help them understand the health impacts of shale oil and gas development and transport.

Click here to sign up for the webinar.

The Environmental Health Medical Toolkit is also available for  health care providers to inform them about current information regarding the contribution of shale gas development exposure to disease causation or exacerbation of pre-existing conditions. The goal of the toolkit is to recognize environmental health and exposure history as a systematic risk assessment/management paradigm in the care of patients. In using the toolkit, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Identify environments of concern and organize potential exposure hazards;
  2. Distinguish major routes of exposure and target organs of exposure;
  3. Recognize illnesses related to environmental exposure;
  4. Identify susceptibility of certain segments of a population to specific exposures.

The Environmental Health Medical Toolkit has been approved for college credit.

This spring, EHP will be presenting information and interventions that address environmental health needs related to unconventional oil and gas development. Click here to check out the events page for more information on times/locations.

Click here to join the Environmental Health Project Shale Gas & Oil Health Registry & Resource Network now.

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