Since its inception, EHP has collected both health assessment and emissions data from our clients living near unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD) activities. Our analysis of this information is meant to be hypothesis-generating in ways that allow academic researchers to conduct research on these topics.
EHP welcomes research collaborations with academic and community-based researchers who we believe are addressing the key questions related to health and UOGD. The following are examples of such collaborations:
- Joined with the Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountability Project effort to comprehensively assess air and health impacts near a UOGD processing plant and compressor stations in Butler and Greene Counties (2016).
- Consulted with the Yale School of Public Health Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program on the development of a follow-up study at the Minisink Compressor site in Westtown, NY, focusing specifically on PM5 exposure and respiratory health outcomes near the compressor station (2015-2016).
- Collaborated on a pilot project in southwest PA to assess impact of UOGD on soil, plants, water and air with University of Arizona researcher Monica Ramirez (2015-2016).
- Established a partnership with David Carpenter, MD, University of Albany-SUNY on analysis of air and health data gathered near compressor stations in 5 counties in NY (2015-2016).
- Co-authored a manuscript for publication of EHP’s Speck air monitoring project with researchers from Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (2014-2016).
- Assisted researchers from Yale University and the University of Washington (UW) with an exposure response pilot program (2014).
- Supported a pilot project by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Department to measure air and water emissions and health impacts of UOGD in southwest PA (2013).
- Offered advice on community-based surveying in Washington County, PA to researchers from Yale University who undertook a health survey and water monitoring project (2012).
Please see our Resources section to learn more about the results of these research collaborations.
EHP considers research collaborations with other academic and community-based researchers on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact Jill Kriesky, Associate Director, at jkriesky [at] environmentalhealthproject.org.