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Special Issue "Shale Gas and Fracking: Impacts on Health and the Environment"

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: 31 January 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andrew Watterson

Head of the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK
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Interests: health impact assessments of shale gas; UK regulatory policy on unconventional gas extraction; industry practice
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie

Director, Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 7700, South Africa
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Interests: effects of fracking on occupational and environmental health; chemical pollution from fracking; SA regulatory policy on fracking

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

We welcome papers on any aspect of the broad general themes of the issue and from a range of disciplines—physical sciences, medicine, social sciences and engineering—including papers across disciplines. Submissions might, for example, address debates around hazard identification, risk, risk perception and risk communication, community engagement in planning or opposing shale gas developments, environmental and public health impact assessments and epidemiology, air pollution, water and soil pollution, interventions, and policy and regulation and enforcement. Whilst submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, we would especially welcome those from low and middle-income countries within Africa, South America, and Asia, as well as contributions from Australia, Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe, where shale gas explorations are planned or currently underway.

Prof. Dr. Andrew Watterson
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 semimonthly 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 1800 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.

Keywords

  • Shale gas
  • Unconventional gas extraction
  • Fracking
  • Health
  • Environment

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Air Emissions from Natural Gas Facilities in New York State
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(9), 1591; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16091591
Received: 7 March 2019 / Revised: 22 April 2019 / Accepted: 24 April 2019 / Published: 7 May 2019
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While New York has banned fracking, new and expanded natural gas pipelines are being constructed across the state. Our previous studies have reported that compressor stations are a major source of air pollution at fracking sites. We have used two federal datasets, the [...] Read more.
While New York has banned fracking, new and expanded natural gas pipelines are being constructed across the state. Our previous studies have reported that compressor stations are a major source of air pollution at fracking sites. We have used two federal datasets, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Emissions Inventory and Greenhouse Gas Inventory, to determine what is known concerning emissions from the compressor stations along natural gas pipelines in the state. From a total of 74 compressor stations only 18 report to EPA on emissions. In the seven year period between 2008 and 2014 they released a total of 36.99 million pounds of air pollutants, not including CO2 and methane. This included emissions of 39 chemicals known to be human carcinogens. There was in addition 6.1 billion pounds of greenhouse gases release from ten stations in a single year. These data clearly underestimate the total releases from the state’s natural gas transportation and distribution system. However, they demonstrate significant releases of air pollutants, some of which are known to cause human disease. In addition, they release large amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Full article
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