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Distinguished Seminar Speaker: Are there Health Effects from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development?

March 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Dr. Shari Dunn-Norman

Associate Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Certain groups have expressed concerns that unconventional oil and gas development could lead to impacts on human health. Those concerned suggested that a scientific study of potential human health impacts should be conducted by a highly reputable scientific organization. In late 2017, the Health Effects Institute (HEI) assembled a research team and funding to begin addressing these concerns.

The HEI energy research committee has reviewed pertinent epidemiological literature using a systematic review.  Results of this work will be published in 2019.  The committee has also conducted a review of exposure literature and will release those findings as a draft report for public comment, along with the main epidemiological literature review.   The purpose of these reports is to identify what is known, and where gaps occur in our understanding of human health impacts related to unconventional oil and gas development.

This talk discusses the HEI studies and related aspects of unconventional oil and gas development.



Shari Dunn-Norman holds BSc and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and Heriot-Watt University.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology, where she teaches courses in production engineering, well completions, and artificial lift.   Dr. Dunn-Norman’s has a wide research background in well construction, area of review analysis, shallow heavy oil development, CO2 sequestration, and well completion optimization.  She has published numerous technical papers and is co-author of the book Petroleum Well Construction.  Dr. Dunn-Norman has served on two EPA Hydraulic Fracturing advisory committees reviewing potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on underground sources of drinking water.  She is currently serving on the Health Effects Institute’s research committee examining health impacts from unconventional oil and gas development.  Dr. Dunn-Norman is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


March 1, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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