ONLINE MEETING SERIES from Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB), Penna.

by Duane Nichols on August 10, 2020

Area of Concern — Marcellus Outreach Butler (County) PA

Gas drilling activity near Knoch School Campus and Saxonburg

Fracking and Community Health Webinar Series, Parts 1 – 3

August 15, 22, & 29 — Register free for each session below

On September 15. 2011, South Butler School Board approved a gas lease with Phillips Exploration, a part of XTO and a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil. The School District joined with privately owned property to form a 640 acre “pool” or drilling unit. Since then, the area has become inundated with gas wells and related infrastructure. Marcellus Outreach Butler asked then – and asks still, “What are the risks and impacts of placing such fracking activity so close to human habitats, especially a school campus?”

Join MOB for a series of online meetings to discuss these concerns about the intensive drilling near Knoch Schools Campus and Saxonburg.

Register below for each program by 6:30 PM on the day of the program and we’ll send you the link to join the Zoom online meeting.

PART 1, Aug. 15, 7 PM: Overview of the area, including drone footage, and Dr. Ned Ketyer who will review the health risks and impacts fracking and related activity pose to those who live in close proximity.
Register HERE .

PART 2, Aug. 22, 7 PM: Dr. John Stolz on Radioactive Fracking Waste and Sanitary Landfill. Register HERE.

PART 3, Aug. 29, 7 PM: EHP’s Sarah Rankin and Nathan Deron on potential impacts of fracking. Register HERE.


PART 1, Saturday, August 15, 7 PM

Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P.,

Dr. Ned Ketyer is a Pittsburgh-area pediatrician with special interests in developmental pediatrics, preventative medicine, and environmental health. After his pediatric residency at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, Dr. Ketyer practiced general pediatrics for 26 years. Although retired from patient care, he writes and edits his practice’s popular blog, The PediaBlog, and remains a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health. He is a consultant for the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project bringing attention to the health impacts of shale gas development, a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility – Pennsylvania, and a Climate Reality Project Leader.

In all these roles, Dr. Ketyer connects the vast petrochemical “clusterfrack” underway in SW Pennsylvania with local and regional health impacts, and the global ecological and public health catastrophes resulting from plastic pollution and climate change that threaten the health and well-being of all passengers on this shining ball of blue.

Register HERE.

PART 2, Saturday, August 22, 7 PM

John Stolz, Director, Center for Environmental Research and Education, & Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Duquesne University

Dr. Stolz studies the microbial metabolism of metals and metalloids, microbial communities in hypersaline environments, and water quality. He has published 95 peer-reviewed articles, 37 book chapters, and author/edited two books. He is currently co-authoring/editing a book on the “Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Oil and Gas Reserves Development” for Cambridge University Press.

Most recently, Dr. Stolz has been looking at sanitary landfills in Pennsylvania and New York that have been allowed to take both solid and liquid waste from oil and gas operations. The leachate is now contaminated with toxins and radioactivity. Dr. Stolz will present the results of his investigation and the questionable ways in which the industry, with the help of legislators and regulators, are using to dispose of their wastes.

Register HERE.


PART 3, Saturday, August 29, 7 PM

Sarah Rankin, MPH, BSN, RN, Public Health Nurse,
and Nathan Deron, MSPPM-DA, Environmental Data

The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by shale gas development (or fracking).

Sarah and Nathan will review the literature and EHP’s findings about potential health impacts of fracking. They will also discuss how a community science air monitoring project can measure the pollution that communities face.

Register HERE.


See also: Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking – Physicians for Social Responsibility, June 19, 2019

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Debbie Larson August 10, 2020 at 6:26 am

Subject: (Tue. Aug. 11, 7PM) Shale Gas Development and Cancer: Conversations with the Experts – Webinar Series

From: Debbie Larson <

Subject: Shale Gas Development and Cancer: Conversations with the Experts – Webinar Series

EHP invites you to a webinar with Marsha Haley, MD, exploring Shale Gas Extraction and Cancer.

This is the first webinar of a three-part series looking at what is known about shale gas development and cancer.

Dr. Marsha Haley received her medical degree from the University of Virginia, and completed a residency in radiation oncology at UPMC. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is an MPH candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.




Please let me know if you have any questions about the webinar series. Videos of the webinars will be available on EHP's website after the events.

Look for EHP's quarterly Health Care Provider Newsletter, that will be out next week, for more information.

Debbie Larson, Medical Outreach Coordinator
SWPA Environmental Health Project
Cell: 240-426-5057 Office: 724-260-5504
In office Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

EHP defends public health in the face of oil and gas development because knowledge protects health.


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