With oil and gas resource development projected to continue, alongside growing efforts to switch to renewables and conserve energy, a source of credible science is needed to support decisions about how best to ensure the protection of public health in the oversight and implementation of this development.
HEI-Energy is a nonprofit affiliate of HEI, chartered as an independent research organization to provide impartial science about potential human exposures and health effects associated with onshore development of oil and natural gas from unconventional resources in the United States.
HEI-Energy anticipates funding population-level exposure research in multiple U.S. regions that is broadly useful to decision making by regulators, the oil and natural gas industry, environmental organizations, public health experts, communities, and other stakeholders.
Once the initial research is completed, HEI-Energy will assess the results to identify the need for additional population-level exposure research or, as feasible and appropriate, health research.
HEI-Energy is funded separately from HEI’s other research programs. HEI-Energy receives funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the oil and gas industry. Other public and private organizations periodically provide support.
The HEI-Energy website can be found here: hei-energy.org.