Navigation Links
Health impact assessments prove critical public health tool
Date:4/22/2013

AURORA, Colo. (April 22, 2013) As natural gas development expands nationwide, policymakers, communities and public health experts are increasingly turning to health impact assessments (HIA) as a means of predicting the effects of drilling on local communities, according to a new study from the Colorado School of Public Health.

The report, published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, highlights lessons learned when scientists from the school were hired to assess the possible health impacts of fracking in a small western Colorado town.

"Health impact assessments can be a useful public health tool to determine the possible health effects of natural gas development on the local level," said the study's lead author Roxana Zulauf Witter, MD, MPH, at the Colorado School of Public Health. "In fact, our study is now being looked at as a model nationwide."

In 2009, the Colorado School of Public Health was contracted by Garfield County to conduct a health impact assessment of 200 proposed natural gas wells in the community of Battlement Mesa.

The team found that the natural gas project could contribute to health effects such as headaches, upper respiratory illness, nausea and nosebleeds and a possible small increase in lifetime cancer risks as a result of air emissions.

The project would also increase safety risks and mental health effects due to traffic and community changes associated with the industrial activity.

According to the study, the HIA offers a roadmap for other communities and industry to follow in determining the health impacts of gas drilling. It also develops recommendations to reduce those impacts.

"We believe we accomplished the important objective of elevating public health into many levels of natural gas policy discussion," the study said. "The Battlement Mesa HIA provides substantial and valuable guidance for local decision makers to protect public health." '/>"/>

Contact: David Kelly
david.kelly@ucdenver.edu
303-724-7903
University of Colorado Denver
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New findings on tree nuts and health presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, Mass.
2. 3 new studies reveal added fibers impact on various health indices
3. Rise in sodium intake in US over last decade despite health officials call for reduction
4. U.S. Army and Vermillion to Assess Health and Economic Benefits of OVA1 as a Standard of Care
5. BGI Health forms partnership with ACIBADEM hospital on genetic disease testing
6. Excess vitamin E intake not a health concern
7. Exercise or make dinner? Study finds adults trade one healthy act for another
8. Measuring microbes makes wetland health monitoring more affordable, says MU researcher
9. A hijacking of healthy cellular circuits
10. Marriage can threaten health: Study finds satisfied newlyweds more likely to gain weight
11. Tiny grazers play key role in marine ecosystem health
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/7/2015)... GOTHENBURG, Sweden , May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... new touch fingerprint sensors, FPC1022 and FPC1035, FPC,s ... FPC1022 and FPC1035 are mainly considered for integration ... decreased size gives smartphone OEMs increased possibilities to ... portfolio. The decreased size also improves possibilities for ...
(Date:4/27/2015)... 2015  For more than four decades, AUVSI,s ... the premier worldwide event for the unmanned land, sea, ... event for any local, national, or trade news organization ... markets and current applications of unmanned technologies. The conference ... $48 billion industry, and how it will soon impact ...
(Date:4/21/2015)... 2015 High crime rate, ... boosting access control systems market in Saudi ... recently published report by TechSci Research " Saudi Arabia Access ... control systems market in Saudi Arabia ... access control systems market in the Kingdom is growing ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FPC Introduces its Smallest Touch Fingerprint Sensors to Date 2UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 2UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 3UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 4UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 5Saudi Arabia Access Control Systems Market to Touch USD1.2 Billion by 2020 Says TechSci Research 2Saudi Arabia Access Control Systems Market to Touch USD1.2 Billion by 2020 Says TechSci Research 3
... sensors for cancer drugs and other DNA-damaging agents inside ... wrapped in DNA, can detect chemotherapy drugs such as ... that damage DNA. "We,ve made a sensor that ... and actually detect several different classes of molecules that ...
... study of more than 90,000 people has identified six new ... (BMI), the most commonly used measure of obesity. Five of ... suggesting that many genetic variants implicated in obesity might affect ... metabolism. Obesity is an increasing problem that results in ...
... VUANCE, Ltd.,(Nasdaq: VUNC ), a leading ... RFID, electronic access control, credentialing,accountability and incident response ... stake in a government-funded project to develop a ... which is the result of,a grant sponsored by ...
Cached Biology News:MIT nanotubes sniff out cancer agents in living cells 2Brain background to body mass 2Brain background to body mass 3VUANCE Announces Crime Scene Security and Evidentiary Tracking Development Project 2VUANCE Announces Crime Scene Security and Evidentiary Tracking Development Project 3VUANCE Announces Crime Scene Security and Evidentiary Tracking Development Project 4VUANCE Announces Crime Scene Security and Evidentiary Tracking Development Project 5
(Date:5/21/2015)... 21, 2015 Seventh Wave Laboratories, a ... efficacy of pharmaceutical products and medical devices, announced the ... 63043, a 50,000 sq. ft. building more than three ... strategic growth. Facility renovations will begin immediately and the ... will occur in September. , “We are excited ...
(Date:5/21/2015)...  Susan Hedstrom, Executive Director of the Foundation ... to supporting research to advance the understanding and ... FPWR has received the organization,s largest donation to ... $1 million in support of the organization,s research ... "Our gift signifies our tremendous trust ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... 21, 2015 uBiome, the leading ... partnership with PicnicHealth, a healthcare company that collects ... with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) will receive a ... uBiome research kit. Both companies were funded by ... , For more information on this partnership and ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... 21, 2015 Imagine being able ... and those of others. Being able to read faces ... read people to anticipate their thoughts and actions like ... and feelings to create unique abstract paintings and video, ... Get inside a first-person-shooter as it creates action, dialog, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Seventh Wave Laboratories Purchases Building for Expansion, Upcoming Move 2Seventh Wave Laboratories Purchases Building for Expansion, Upcoming Move 3The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research Receives $1M Contribution in Support of Clinical Initiatives 2uBiome Partners with PicnicHealth 2uBiome Partners with PicnicHealth 35 Days to Meet ARGUS - The World's First Contactless Emotions Scanner 2
... Biosciences is pleased to introduce the BD IMag Human ... 558142) for the isolation of Treg cells from peripheral ... cells in two stages. First, negative selection is performed ... biotinylated monoclonal antibodies that recognizes antigens expressed on erythrocytes, ...
... , , ... Oxidative stress, radiation and other external insults have been shown to damage ... rodents and man (Friedberg et al. 2005). The presence of DNA ... repair processes to occur. If however, the system becomes overwhelmed or the DNA ...
... , ... Introduction , Formation of new ... therefore been the focus of many drug screening and cell signaling research studies. ... solid tumors, and is implicated in wound healing, retinopathy and macular degeneration. , ...
Cached Biology Technology:DNA Damage and Repair - Quantification of Sub-Cellular Events Using Automated Confocal Imaging 2DNA Damage and Repair - Quantification of Sub-Cellular Events Using Automated Confocal Imaging 3DNA Damage and Repair - Quantification of Sub-Cellular Events Using Automated Confocal Imaging 4DNA Damage and Repair - Quantification of Sub-Cellular Events Using Automated Confocal Imaging 5An Image-Based Assay of Endothelial Cell Tube Formation as a Model of Angiogenesis 2An Image-Based Assay of Endothelial Cell Tube Formation as a Model of Angiogenesis 3An Image-Based Assay of Endothelial Cell Tube Formation as a Model of Angiogenesis 4