Environmental Health Program

About the Program

Energy choices made at the local, state and federal level can impact public health through the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the environment in which we live, work, and play. The Environmental Health Program analyzes data and communicates findings and recommendations on public health hazards, risks, and impacts of energy production, distribution and generation, particularly focused on hydrocarbon-based energy sources. Previous work in the Environmental Health Program has focused on the use, fate and transport of chemicals in oil and gas development, public health dimensions of oilfield wastewater reuse, health and equity impacts of coal and gas-fired power plants, and environmental and health dimensions of shale gas development.

The Environmental Health Program also maintains the Repository for Oil and Gas Energy Research (ROGER), a near-exhaustive database of all peer-reviewed publications relevant to assessing air, water, human health, environment, and climate impacts of shale and tight gas development. This database is a go-to comprehensive resource for scientists and those engaged in policy discussions on oil and gas development – nationally and internationally – to enable evidence-based decision making.

Recent Work

Stay tuned for information on our specific research efforts in the Environmental Health program area. We will add information as we build out our brand new website. Below are selected highlights from our latest work.

Related Work

Presentations May 23, 2017

The Public Health Dimensions of Oil and Gas Development in California

Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH

Peer-Reviewed Publications April 19, 2017

Comparison of chemical use between hydraulic fracturing. . . and routine oil and gas development

Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH

PSE in the Media December 29, 2016

Briefly > Stuff That Matters > Keep It Down

Grist

News from PSE December 20, 2016

Noise pollution from oil and gas development may harm human health

Ann Brody Guy

Peer-Reviewed Publications December 9, 2016

Public health implications of environmental noise. . .

Jake Hays, MA, Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH

Technical Reports October 4, 2016

Hazards of oilfield wastewater used for agricultural irrigation

Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, Jeremy Domen, MS