While development of new technologies and processes can decrease the environmental footprint of natural gas E&P, these improvements may not adequately address public health concerns. The Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) will provide the expertise in public health needed to assess the public health impacts of TIP technologies. CSPH has knowledge of natural gas development processes and potential environmental and occupational exposures.
During the Phase I planning, CSPH will work with the EFD-TIP team to incorporate meaningful measures of safety/health impacts into the field test plans for each project warranted for field demonstration. Measures of safety/health impacts will be suitable for dissemination in education/outreach materials in support of the technology transfer efforts. Specifically, the CSPH will develop preliminary conceptual site models (CSMs) identifying potentially complete exposure pathways between sources of safety/health exposures and receptors, such as workers and residents. CSPH will also identify key measures for evaluation of safety/health impacts for potentially complete pathways and identify which safety/health-based federal and local standards are applicable. CSPH will also identify areas where standards do not fully address public health concerns. Both chemical and physical safety/health impacts (e.g. air emissions, water emissions, noise) will be addressed.
CSPH will use expertise to assess data resulting from measures recommended in Phase I. For Phase II, CSPH will qualitatively evaluate the safety/health impact measures and prepare a report and education/outreach materials specific to safety/health impacts for the first completed field test (presumably in Eagle Ford Shale test site). CSPH may prepare similar report and education/outreach materials for other test sites, if time and budget warrants this.