A public health expert from Pennsylvania will make a presentation in Chapel Hill tomorrow about his research and findings on the public health consequences of fracking for natural gas.
Trevor Penning, who studies how certain kinds of hydrocarbons cause cancer in humans, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Rosenau Auditorium. Penning is the director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania.
The presentation is free to the public and sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility.
Penning recently made a presentation on the same topic at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He condludes that despite years of complaints, reported illnesses and other anecdotal information, there is a lack of research on the of the consequences of fracking on public health.
Penning's presentation is an overview of the potential health hazards that are suspected but not proven. That includes a focus on heavy industrial activity, which generates diesel fumes, ground-level ozone and other emissions that can exacerbate asthma and other conditions.