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Fracking and Health: Ask an Expert

TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange)

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Fracking and Health: Ask an Expert

Fracking and Health: Ask an Expert

TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange)

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TEDX conducts brief interviews with leading experts to get answers about health threats posed by unconventional oil and gas operations.

Latest Episodes

Episode 19: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 2 w/David Azoulay

The plastic lifecycle starts with oil and gas extraction and extends through manufacturing, consumer use, and waste management. David Azoulay, Director of the Environmental Health Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and coauthor of “Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet” report, details potential exposures and health impacts at each stage of the plastic lifecycle. He suggests that organizations collaborate to create one compelling narrative addressing the entire lifecycle, working together to find solutions to plastic’s toxic legacy.

33 MIN2019 JUN 20
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Episode 19: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 2 w/David Azoulay

Episode 18: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 1 w/Steven Feit

Ethane, a byproduct of natural gas extraction, is used in ethylene production, the primary feedstock for plastic manufacturing. Steven Feit, an attorney in the Climate and Energy Program of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and coauthor on their “Fueling Plastics” investigative series, explains how the U.S. fracking boom is now targeting ethane as a separate commodity, leading to an expansion of infrastructure along the fossil fuel to plastics supply chain. He encourages a collaboration among organizations to include the entire plastic lifecycle when addressing health and environmental impacts.

15 MIN2019 JUN 10
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Episode 18: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 1 w/Steven Feit

Episode 17: How does fracking wastewater threaten our health and the environment? w/Dr. Cozzarelli

Millions of barrels of flowback and produced water, laden with toxic chemicals, come to the surface during oil and gas production. Dr. Isabelle Cozzarelli, Research Hydrologist in the USGS National Research Program, describes the wastewater cycle from fracking to disposal including risks to human and environmental health, and invites nonprofit organizations to contribute to discussions on current wastewater issues.

12 MIN2019 MAY 27
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Episode 17: How does fracking wastewater threaten our health and the environment? w/Dr. Cozzarelli

Episode 16: What risks do pipelines pose to a community? w/Carl Weimer

The United States has over three million miles of pipelines used for gathering, transporting, and distributing natural gas and liquids, including crude oil. Carl Weimer, Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, provides details on who is in charge of pipeline safety and what happens when pipelines fail. He addresses potential health and environmental impacts, and how current regulations are not sufficient to protect public health and safety.

14 MIN2019 APR 1
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Episode 16: What risks do pipelines pose to a community? w/Carl Weimer

Episode 15: How does fracking contribute to ozone pollution? w/Lesley Fleischman

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released along with methane during oil and gas operations and contribute to local and regional ozone formation. Lesley Fleischman, Senior Analyst with Clean Air Task Force, explains how venting and leaking VOCs can impact lung health and respiratory function. She encourages NGOs to educate themselves and push for tighter methane and VOC regulations at the state and federal levels. Note: an earlier version of this podcast incorrectly put the number of facilities at 12 million. The current podcast has the correct number at 1.3 million.

9 MIN2019 FEB 16
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Episode 15: How does fracking contribute to ozone pollution? w/Lesley Fleischman

Episode 14: What do biocides have to do with fracking? w/Dr. Thomas Borch

Biocides may be released into the environment in produced water through spills, surface water disposal, or reuse, potentially impacting public health and the environment. Dr. Thomas Borch, Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University, discusses why biocides are used in fracking and describes the difficulties identifying and measuring them in produced water.

12 MIN2019 JAN 16
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Episode 14: What do biocides have to do with fracking? w/Dr. Thomas Borch

Episode 13: Unconventional vs conventional oil/gas extraction: what's the difference?w/Dr. Ingraffea

As unconventional oil and gas extraction evolves, the scale of operations expands to include more wells, more chemicals, more sand, more emissions, more waste. Dr. Tony Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Cornell University, explains how this increase in scale leads to higher risk of environmental pollution and potential health impacts. He suggests starting with the facts to effectively educate stakeholders and decision makers.

17 MIN2018 DEC 7
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Episode 13: Unconventional vs conventional oil/gas extraction: what's the difference?w/Dr. Ingraffea

Episode 12: What social stressors exist in communities impacted by fracking? w/Dr. Stephanie Malin

The uncertainty surrounding environmental and public health impacts of fracking can lead to individual and community stress. Dr. Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, discusses social stressors such as diminished quality of life, feelings of uncertainty and powerlessness, and community tension and offers insight into how communities can address these challenges.

11 MIN2018 NOV 12
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Episode 12: What social stressors exist in communities impacted by fracking? w/Dr. Stephanie Malin

Episode 11: Is road spreading of oil and gas wastewater safe? w/Dr. William Burgos

“Beneficial reuse” of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas development, includes road spreading for dust suppression and deicing. Dr. William Burgos, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University, describes beneficial reuse of produced water focusing on dust suppression for roads. He addresses chemical contaminants, exposure pathways, and potential impacts on human and ecological health and includes suggestions to strengthen protections when reusing wastewater.

11 MIN2018 OCT 1
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Episode 11: Is road spreading of oil and gas wastewater safe? w/Dr. William Burgos

Episode 10: Can environmental health research help communities impacted by fracking? w/Dr. Howard

As fracking operations move closer to populated areas, communities are concerned about potential impacts on their health and safety. Dr. Gregory Howard, environmental public health scientist and consultant, describes various health study designs with a focus on the goals and needs of the community and the decision makers they are trying to reach as well as the challenges of doing such research.

12 MIN2018 SEP 4
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Episode 10: Can environmental health research help communities impacted by fracking? w/Dr. Howard

Latest Episodes

Episode 19: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 2 w/David Azoulay

The plastic lifecycle starts with oil and gas extraction and extends through manufacturing, consumer use, and waste management. David Azoulay, Director of the Environmental Health Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and coauthor of “Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet” report, details potential exposures and health impacts at each stage of the plastic lifecycle. He suggests that organizations collaborate to create one compelling narrative addressing the entire lifecycle, working together to find solutions to plastic’s toxic legacy.

33 MIN2019 JUN 20
Comments
Episode 19: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 2 w/David Azoulay

Episode 18: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 1 w/Steven Feit

Ethane, a byproduct of natural gas extraction, is used in ethylene production, the primary feedstock for plastic manufacturing. Steven Feit, an attorney in the Climate and Energy Program of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and coauthor on their “Fueling Plastics” investigative series, explains how the U.S. fracking boom is now targeting ethane as a separate commodity, leading to an expansion of infrastructure along the fossil fuel to plastics supply chain. He encourages a collaboration among organizations to include the entire plastic lifecycle when addressing health and environmental impacts.

15 MIN2019 JUN 10
Comments
Episode 18: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 1 w/Steven Feit

Episode 17: How does fracking wastewater threaten our health and the environment? w/Dr. Cozzarelli

Millions of barrels of flowback and produced water, laden with toxic chemicals, come to the surface during oil and gas production. Dr. Isabelle Cozzarelli, Research Hydrologist in the USGS National Research Program, describes the wastewater cycle from fracking to disposal including risks to human and environmental health, and invites nonprofit organizations to contribute to discussions on current wastewater issues.

12 MIN2019 MAY 27
Comments
Episode 17: How does fracking wastewater threaten our health and the environment? w/Dr. Cozzarelli

Episode 16: What risks do pipelines pose to a community? w/Carl Weimer

The United States has over three million miles of pipelines used for gathering, transporting, and distributing natural gas and liquids, including crude oil. Carl Weimer, Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, provides details on who is in charge of pipeline safety and what happens when pipelines fail. He addresses potential health and environmental impacts, and how current regulations are not sufficient to protect public health and safety.

14 MIN2019 APR 1
Comments
Episode 16: What risks do pipelines pose to a community? w/Carl Weimer

Episode 15: How does fracking contribute to ozone pollution? w/Lesley Fleischman

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released along with methane during oil and gas operations and contribute to local and regional ozone formation. Lesley Fleischman, Senior Analyst with Clean Air Task Force, explains how venting and leaking VOCs can impact lung health and respiratory function. She encourages NGOs to educate themselves and push for tighter methane and VOC regulations at the state and federal levels. Note: an earlier version of this podcast incorrectly put the number of facilities at 12 million. The current podcast has the correct number at 1.3 million.

9 MIN2019 FEB 16
Comments
Episode 15: How does fracking contribute to ozone pollution? w/Lesley Fleischman

Episode 14: What do biocides have to do with fracking? w/Dr. Thomas Borch

Biocides may be released into the environment in produced water through spills, surface water disposal, or reuse, potentially impacting public health and the environment. Dr. Thomas Borch, Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University, discusses why biocides are used in fracking and describes the difficulties identifying and measuring them in produced water.

12 MIN2019 JAN 16
Comments
Episode 14: What do biocides have to do with fracking? w/Dr. Thomas Borch

Episode 13: Unconventional vs conventional oil/gas extraction: what's the difference?w/Dr. Ingraffea

As unconventional oil and gas extraction evolves, the scale of operations expands to include more wells, more chemicals, more sand, more emissions, more waste. Dr. Tony Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Cornell University, explains how this increase in scale leads to higher risk of environmental pollution and potential health impacts. He suggests starting with the facts to effectively educate stakeholders and decision makers.

17 MIN2018 DEC 7
Comments
Episode 13: Unconventional vs conventional oil/gas extraction: what's the difference?w/Dr. Ingraffea

Episode 12: What social stressors exist in communities impacted by fracking? w/Dr. Stephanie Malin

The uncertainty surrounding environmental and public health impacts of fracking can lead to individual and community stress. Dr. Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, discusses social stressors such as diminished quality of life, feelings of uncertainty and powerlessness, and community tension and offers insight into how communities can address these challenges.

11 MIN2018 NOV 12
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Episode 12: What social stressors exist in communities impacted by fracking? w/Dr. Stephanie Malin

Episode 11: Is road spreading of oil and gas wastewater safe? w/Dr. William Burgos

“Beneficial reuse” of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas development, includes road spreading for dust suppression and deicing. Dr. William Burgos, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University, describes beneficial reuse of produced water focusing on dust suppression for roads. He addresses chemical contaminants, exposure pathways, and potential impacts on human and ecological health and includes suggestions to strengthen protections when reusing wastewater.

11 MIN2018 OCT 1
Comments
Episode 11: Is road spreading of oil and gas wastewater safe? w/Dr. William Burgos

Episode 10: Can environmental health research help communities impacted by fracking? w/Dr. Howard

As fracking operations move closer to populated areas, communities are concerned about potential impacts on their health and safety. Dr. Gregory Howard, environmental public health scientist and consultant, describes various health study designs with a focus on the goals and needs of the community and the decision makers they are trying to reach as well as the challenges of doing such research.

12 MIN2018 SEP 4
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Episode 10: Can environmental health research help communities impacted by fracking? w/Dr. Howard
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