HEI Research Planning Workshop: Understanding Population-Level Exposures Related to the Development of Oil and Natural Gas from Unconventional Resources, July 11-12, 2018

July 11, to July 12, 2018

The purpose of HEI’s Energy Research Program is to identify and conduct high priority research on the potential population exposures and health effects from the onshore development of oil and natural gas from shale and other unconventional resources (UOGD) across the United States.

The workshop provided an opportunity for the Energy Research Committee to hear from a broad range of stakeholders about their expert opinions and perspectives on the literature, important knowledge gaps, and research priorities along with the criteria used to define the priorities. The Committee will consider information received during the workshop as it conducts its own review of the literature and formulates research priorities for population-level exposure research.


Introductions and Workshop Overview

Jul 11 2018 - 10:30am

10:30 AM


Robert O'Keefe

Health Effects Institute

10:35 AM


10:50 AM

Committee's Approach to Literature Review and Research Planning

Donna J. Vorhees
, Health Effects Institute

11:10 AM

Brief Description of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

Shari Dunn-Norman
, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Overview of Exposure Assessment Literature

Jul 11 2018 - 11:20am

Moderator: Judy LaKind

11:20 AM

NIOSH Research of Occupational Exposures in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry

CAPT Bradley King

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

11:50 AM

Community Exposures Near Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

John Adgate

Colorado School of Public Health

Industry Trends and Related Research

Jul 11 2018 - 1:15pm

1:15 PM

Overview of Air Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Gas Operations

Adam Pacsi

Chevron Energy Technology Company

1:45 PM

MSEEL - The Marcellus Shale Engineering and Environmental Laboratory

Michael McCawley

West Virginia University

Perspectives on Regulatory Trends

Jul 11 2018 - 2:15pm

Moderator: Robert O'Keefe

Panel discussion with Martha Rudolph, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment; Michael Honeycutt, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Nichole Saunders, Environmental Defense Fund. 

Group Exercise #1

Jul 11 2018 - 3:00pm
Speaker: All Workshop Participants

Group Exercise #1: What criteria should be used to prioritize research recommendations?

Air Quality Literature

Jul 11 2018 - 3:45pm

Moderator: Armistead (Ted) Russell

3:45 PM

Emissions from Upstream Oil and Gas Operations in the United States: Key Questions for Health Assessments

David Allen

The University of Texas at Austin

4:15 PM

Emissions and Near-field Dispersion of Air Toxics from Oil and Gas Drilling, Completions, and Production in Colorado

Jeffrey Collett

Colorado State University

4:45 PM

Barnett Shale Revisited: Plan for Exposure Assessment of Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development and Production

Tiffany Bredfeldt

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Recap from Previous Day

Jul 12 2018 - 8:00am

8:00 AM

Day 1 Recap

Donna J. Vorhees
, Health Effects Institute

Water Quality Literature

Jul 12 2018 - 8:10am

8:10 AM

Overview of Potential Water-related Human Exposures

George Hornberger

Vanderbilt University

8:25 AM

Highlights from Recent Research on Surface and Ground Water Quality

Isabelle Cozzarelli

United States Geological Survey

8:55 AM

Advancing Research on Oil and Gas Produced Water

Cloelle Danforth

Environmental Defense Fund

9:15 AM

Groundwater Quality and Hydraulic Fracturing: Current Understanding and Science Needs

Daniel Soeder

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Group Exercise #2

Jul 12 2018 - 10:00am
Speaker: All Workshop Participants

Group Exercise #2: What potential human exposure would you study if you were given $2 million for research?

Human Health Risk Assessment

Jul 12 2018 - 10:40am

10:40 AM

Acute and Chronic Health Risks Estimated from Ambient Non-methane Levels in Colorado's Oil and Gas Basins

Lisa McKenzie

Colorado School of Public Health

11:10 AM

CDPHE's Assessment of Human Health Risk

Mike van Dyke

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment


Jul 12 2018 - 11:40am
Speaker: Donna Vorhees

Next steps in research planning and opportunities for continued participation.

Participant Posters

Workshop participants received an invitation to display posters at the Workshop. The following posters were displayed throughout the Workshop. There was no formal poster presentation session.

Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from oil and natural gas activities in several U.S. shale basins

Gilman et al., 2018

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Aerodyne Research Inc.; University of Calgary

An energizing new program to address public health concerns of oil and gas development in Colorado

McMullin et al., 2017

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Assessment of potential public health effects from oil and gas operations in Colorado

Bamber et al., 2017

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Quantifying the relationship between reported health symptoms and air exposures across multiple communities near Oil and Gas Operations in Colorado

Bamber et al., 2017

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Air Toxics Inhalation – Screening Level Health Hazard Assessment in Area with High Concentration of Natural Gas Production

McClellan & Snipes, 2018

Inhalation Toxicology and Risk Assessment

A Semi-Quantitative Geospatial Pollutant-Specific Exposure Metric for Use in Health Studies Associated with Unconventional Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania

Fabisiak et al., 2018

University of Pittsburgh; Millman Cancer Institute (UPMC)

Overview of Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Industry Standards

Uni Blake, 2013

American Petroleum Institute

Engaging Agencies and the Public in Atmospheric Monitoring Observations through Real-Time Data Posting

Helmig et al., 2018

University of Colorado, Boulder; Boulder County Public Health