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Special PTA Meeting with Fracking Panelists (Jan 18 Lafayette CO)

  • Pioneer Bilingual Elementary School 101 East Baseline Road Lafayette, CO, 80026 United States (map)

Drilling Operator 8 North LLC (Extraction) is preparing permits to frack up to 20 wells for oil and gas products in an area that includes our school. Although we don’t yet know the exact spacing of the wells, we know our school and playgrounds will be within a zone of scientifically proven risk to human health and safety. Please come and learn more from experts about this very important issue. Spanish translation will be provided. Child care for Pioneer families will also be provided.

Panelists will include: 
Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, Dr. McKenzie’s research has contributed to the understanding of how air pollutants and other exposures resulting from the unconventional development of petroleum resources may affect the public’s health. Her studies investigating associations between adverse birth outcomes and childhood cancers and proximity to oil and gas development are among the first epidemiological studies on this topic to appear in the published literature. Her sentinel human health risk assessment indicated the potential for respiratory, neurological, and developmental health outcomes resulting from exposure to air pollutants emitted during natural gas development. 

Stephanie Malin, PhD. Stephanie is a sociologist of environment, globalization, and development, focusing on community-level outcomes of natural resource development. Her main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, poverty, and political economy of energy development. Stephanie examines how these variables intersect in rural communities across the American West and Northeast.

Joseph Ryan, PhD. Joe Ryan is a Professor and Bennett-Lindstedt Faculty Fellow in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. He is the faculty director of the National Science Foundation-funded AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network, a multi-institution team addressing the effects of oil and gas development on air and water resources in the Rocky Mountain region.