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Special Issue "Environmental Health Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Professor Patrick Gurian

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Phone: 2158952889
Interests: risk analysis of environmental and infrastructure systems; environmental standard setting; Bayesian statistical modeling; community outreach and environmental health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hydraulic fracturing has opened up previously-inaccessible oil and gas deposits to economical recovery. At the same time, concerns have been raised over the health and ecological impacts of the process. A variety of potential impacts on health have been proposed including occupation accidents, water and air contamination, and stress associated with community changes. Regulatory approaches have spanned a range from acceptance to categorical bans of the practice. There is a need for research to identify the magnitude of the risks as well as mitigation options, so that appropriate regulatory actions can be taken. For this Special Issue we invite submissions examining the relationship between hydraulic fracturing activities and public health. The topic is construed broadly to include any research that contributes to identifying or mitigating health risks due to hydraulic fracturing. Studies of interest include epidemiological studies, risk assessments, environmental impact assessments, and regulatory policy analyses.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Gurian
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • regulatory compliance
  • hydraulic fracturing
  • occupational exposures
  • water quality
  • air quality
  • health impacts

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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