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Health Conference to Touch on Air Quality

June 24, 2013
By SHELLEY HANSON - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

An upcoming free public health conference is expected to feature information related to an ongoing study of air quality related to natural gas drilling in Ohio County.

Michael McCawley, chairman of the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is scheduled to speak on ''Analysis of Air, Noise and Light from Gas Drilling Operations'' at 11:15 a.m. during the Friday Public Health Conference at Oglebay Park.

''He may present some of the local data or data from his other research projects. Our project that we are involved in with WVU has two parts: air quality and health data. We are still, and will be for a while, collecting the air data, and we have just begun to collect the health data locally,'' said Howard Gamble, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department administrator.

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Shown here is one of the monitors being used in Michael McCawley’s air quality research.

The data is being collected at various sites and distances from wells and at all phases of the gas drilling process.

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- Registration from 7:30-8:15 a.m.

- 8:30 a.m., Dr. Pamela Murray and Janie Leary, Teen Video Study;

- 9:15 a.m., Dr. Sherif Ibrahim, Health Care Associated Infections and Outbreaks;

- 10:15 a.m., Dr. Danae Bixler, Surveillance & Epidemiology;

- 11:15 a.m., Michael McCawley, "Analysis of Air, Noise and Light from Gas Drilling Operations;"

- Noon, Anil Nair, Biosense 2.0;

- 1:15 p.m., Elizabeth Scharman, Substance Abuse & Epidemiology;

- 2:15 p.m., Eric Dotseth and Miguella Mark-Crew, Tick Borne Diseases; and

- 3:15 p.m., Jessica Woods, Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing of Public Health Services.

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