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.
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.
Press Release October 21, 2021
Joint Statement by the Co-Chairs of the CalGEM Public Health Science Advisory Panel
PSE Blog September 30, 2021
Richmond Air Monitoring Network Insights: Using hyperlocal data to evaluate neighborhood trends in air pollution
PSE in the Media July 7, 2021
Berkeley Lab’s black carbon sensors enable air quality monitoring to understand the impacts of diesel trucks in Richmond, California
Berkeley Lab scientists are teaming with Oakland-based nonprofit Physicians, Scientists and Engineers (PSE) for Healthy Energy to install sensors that will give residents data to understand air pollution sources and patterns.
PSE in the Media April 29, 2021
Harvard study says tighter oil, gas rules that allow exemptions make little difference
Study reviews Pennsylvania law; officials say new Colorado rules differ from the Keystone State’s law.
Press Release April 28, 2021
Setback policies designed to protect public health from fracking may be ineffective in practice
PSE in the Media April 14, 2021
Fossil Fuel Phase Out Must Begin Where the Industry Has Hurt People the Most
Without warning, on the most bitter winter days, or the hottest of summer, smoke stacks that sit idle much of the year switch online, spewing trails of climate-altering, coronavirus-exacerbating pollutants across the sky, like carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5)...
PSE in the Media April 7, 2021
The next Aliso Canyon could happen on L.A.’s Westside
A 2019 study from Harvard University singled out Playa del Rey as especially risky. The researchers examined gas storage fields across six states, from California to New York, to better understand the potential health consequences of leaks. Of the more than 9,000 wells they studied...