Water and Wellness: Health Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction

Sept. 8th Conference, Morgantown, WV  


Media Advisory                                                                                             Aug.  27, 2012


Robin Blakeman, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, 304-840-4877 or robin@ohvec.org

Cindy Rank, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, 304-924-5802 or clrank2@gmail.com

Bill Price, Sierra Club, 304-389-8822 or bill.price@sierraclub.org


What:             Water and Wellness: Health Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction
Keynote speaker, panels, round-table discussions and stories from residents
impacted by deep shale hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and mountaintop removal
coal mining

When:             9a.m. – 1 p.m. September 8, 2012
Registration begins at 8 a.m.; Keynote speaker at 9:15 a.m.; Closing reception at 1 p.m.
Early registration online: https://donation.towercare.com/ovec-registration

Where:           First Presbyterian Church
456 Spruce Street
Morgantown, W.Va.       Location map  

Why:               Recent scientific studies and increasing anecdotal evidence point to dire human health impacts from both gas drilling operations and mountaintop removal coal mining. This conference seeks to highlight the findings of scientists and health professionals and the experiences of medically-impacted residents so that the general public can be better informed and involved. Will we face an impending health crisis in much of our region, or will citizen action ensure a healthier future?


Who:               Keynote speaker:

Dr. Wilma Subra, environmental scientist. Subra has degrees in microbiology, chemistry and computer sciences. She served as vice-chair of the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and is president of the Subra Company.  She appears in the 2010 documentary Gasland.

Subra is available for phone interviews with reporters on Tuesday, September 4 at 337-367-2216.


Dr. Michael Hendryx, Research Director for the West Virginia University Institute for Health Policy

Dr. Jill Kriesky, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Ben Stout, Aquatic Biologist, Wheeling Jesuit University


Co-sponsors of this event:

OVEC, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition          

West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

 More Info:     $10 suggested donation for general public

Flier: http://ohvec.org/events_calendar/09_08_Wellness-and-Water.pdf