TEDX webinar features Front Range AQ study

Residential drilling rigs in Greeley [Credit: Sherrie Peif/The Daily Caller News Foundation]

Last April a study led by Colorado School of Public Health showed hazardous air pollutant levels measured along the Northern Front Range exceed safe levels and pose serious health risks to residents living near oil & gas facilities.

In the latest TEDX webinar the study’s lead author, Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, of the Colorado School of Public Health, presents results from a human health risk assessment that characterized prenatal through adult health risks from exposure to non-methane hydrocarbons in Colorado populations living near oil and gas development. The study found that both air pollutant concentrations and health risks increased with proximity to oil and gas facilities.

The study: Ambient Non-Methane Hydrocarbon Levels Along Colorado’s Northern Front Range: Acute and Chronic Health Risks

View the webinar: Ambient non-methane hydrocarbon levels along Colorado’s northern front range: acute and chronic health risks.

The webinar is available for viewing now. Watch it on the TEDX website, or you can view it on the TEDX YouTube channel and subscribe to receive notification of new webinars.

Lisa McKenzie, PhD MPH, is an Assistant Research Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus. Her expertise is in exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology, and human health risk assessment. Dr. McKenzie’s research has contributed to the understanding of how air pollutants and other exposures resulting from the unconventional development of petroleum resources may affect the public’s health. Her studies investigating associations between adverse birth outcomes and childhood cancers and proximity to oil and gas development are among the first epidemiological studies on this topic to appear in the published literature. Her sentinel human health risk assessment indicated the potential for respiratory, neurological, and developmental health outcomes resulting from exposure to air pollutants emitted during natural gas development. She has testified before the United States Congress and the Denver Metropolitan Regional Air Quality Council on the public health implications of natural gas development.

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