Oct 15: Marcellus health seminar in Canonsburg

Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness presents a Marcellus Shale Health and Educational Seminar


Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Drilling  Dr. Poune' Saberi is participating in the Occupational
and Environmental Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She
is also a clinician at B.L. Johnson Sayre Health Center and faculty member
of the Family Medicine and Community Health Department. Her passion is
learning and teaching about the effects of environmental factors and
toxicology on personal health. She is currently undertaking a study at the
Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology about the health impacts
of unconventional natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

Marcellus Shale and Pipeline Infrastructure: What You Need to Know and Why
Lynda Farrell, Executive Director of Pipeline Safety Coalition, a
non-profit formed as a clearinghouse for factual unbiased information to
increase public awareness and participation in pipeline safety issues.
Lynda and four of her neighbors were successful in fending off eminent
domain in a landmark Federal Court decision to protect their land, steep
slopes and the historic Brandywine Creek. Lynda Farrell for over a decade
has combined her diverse background in education, finance, marketing and
farming to provide environmental/agricultural consulting and grant

Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction in Energy Production Landscapes:
Interactions Among Historical and Contemporary Processes

Dan Bain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh,
Department of Geology and Planetary Science will relate how the
unconventional extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale
Formation is a recent but rapidly growing activity in Pennsylvania that
depends on relatively recent technological advances and that our ability
to evaluate risks is hindered by limited experience in how production
activities effect the landscape.  In particular, areas in southwestern
Pennsylvania which have undergone earlier periods of historical coal
mining, introducing a relatively distinct set of shallow groundwater and
geochemical conditions.  Incorporating such differences into our
conceptual management frameworks is essential to successful evaluation of
risk in decision making processes.

Health and Safety Considerations of the Marcellus Shale Production Process
Jill Kriesky, Ph.D., is the Senior Project Coordinator for the Center for
Healthy Environments and Communities and an affiliate in the Graduate
School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. She will address
the health and safety concerns at all stages of unconventional natural gas
drilling. The Center for Healthy Environments and Communities has a
community-based approach to analyze social, economic, political, policy,
behaviors and geographical variables associated with environmental issues.

Professional  Experiences in Health Care Relating to Workers and Patients
Registered nurses caring for injuries and illnesses related to natural gas
drilling will provide insight into concerns and safety issues as they
relate to their first hand experiences in their profession.

Duquesne University PresentationsDuquesne University Students of the class of Philosophy of Technology in
order to complete their service learning requirement will do two power
point presentations: What Constitutes Good Scientific Research with an
Examination of Problems and Conflicts of Interests Among Researchers and
Pennsylvania's Clean and Green Concerning the Impact of going from
Agricultural to Industrial.

Various environmental groups and health organizations will be present to
distribute information to the public.

Visit our website to register for door prizes www.ptmsa.com

9:30  AM  What Constitutes Good Scientific Research – Duquesne University
10:00 AM  Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Drilling – Poune’ Saberi,
M.D., University of Pennsylvania
11:00 AM  Marcellus Shale and Pipeline Infrastructure – Lynda Farrell,
Executive Director, Pipeline Safety Coalition
12:00 AM  PA’s Clean and Green, Going from Agricultural to Industrial –
Duquesne University Students
12:30 PM  Natural Gas Extraction in Energy Production Landscapes – Dan
Bain, Ph.D. Geologist, U. of Pittsburgh
1:00  PM   Health and Safety Issues of the Mar.Shale Production Process –
Jill Kriesky, Ph.D. University of Pgh. GSPH
1:30  PM   Professional Experiences in Health Care Relating to Workers and
Patients – Registered Nurses

9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the ballroom area of the Hilton Garden Inn - Southpointe (1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317;  use Exit 48 off of I -79;  (724) 743-5000).  Door Prize Registration at 9:30 AM

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