New Fracking Guidebook Available for Community Health Departments
DENVER—Many communities are struggling to understand the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” and a newly released guidebook can be a valuable tool for local health departments in making these assessments. The Community Health and Shale Development Guidebook was convened by RESOLVE and developed by a five- member, multi-stakeholder working group from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
“The Community Fracking guide represents what is possible when industry, the public sector and non-profits collaborate. The result is a practical, useful and resource rich guidance document helpful in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of the risks associated with the energy sector,” said David Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH, a working group member and the National Environmental Health Association’s executive director.
The guidebook development was a collaborative process looking at solutions that have worked for others and addresses six stages of shale development so environmental health professionals can use the guidance tools that are appropriate for their community’s needs. It includes fact-based resources for health considerations such as air and water quality; looks at economic, psychological, social, noise and visual impacts; and helps communities at each of the five stages understand what the fracking company is doing, what the community might experience, health considerations, what can be done to address health concerns, and what others have done.
Environmental health professionals and others involved in community shale development planning can find the dynamic guidebook, to be updated as new information and case studies emerge at http://solutions-network.org/site-communityhealthguidebook/.
NOTE: Dr. Dyjack is available for media interviews to discuss the Guidebook and community shale development. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-756-9090
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