Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Over 250 communities in the U.S. have passed resolutions to stop hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” a process used to extract natural gas by water-intensive drilling technology. Hydraulic fracturing introduces industrial activity into communities without critical information about environmental public health impacts. Dr. Richard Jackson chaired the National Academy Sciences report on Health Impact Assessment in 2011 and has been requested by New York State’s Health Commissioner to help investigate the health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing. In this webinar, he will discuss what he calls a “perfect storm” of environment, health, energy, economic and political forces and will suggest approaches to better protect human health.
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