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

PSE Blog April 24, 2020

Richmond, CA Air Monitors Show Cleaner Air During Bay Area COVID-19 Lockdown, With A Catch

Boris Lukanov, PhD, Audrey Smith, MPH

Presentations September 26, 2019

PSE’s Dr. DiGiulio Presents Research on Risks to Groundwater Resources

Dominic DiGiulio, PhD, Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH

Technical Reports August 21, 2019

Human Health and Oil and Gas Development in the City of Los Angeles

Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, Lee Ann Hill, MPH, Jeremy Domen, MS

Testimony July 16, 2019

PSE’s Shonkoff Testifies at House Committee Hearing on Oil and Gas Development

Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH