Government researchers focus on workers at natural gas drilling sites
The Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory is partnering with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to gain more insight into the potential risks facing workers.
A memorandum of understanding will allow the agencies to conduct joint research, share data, quantify risks, and develop control measures on emissions. The goal is to identify potential hazards for workers in the industry and begin developing recommendations for control technologies.
"This partnership between NIOSH and NETL is a great opportunity for each agency to share and jointly move forward our scientific efforts to address the risks for both the workers and the environmental impact in the oil and gas industry," said John Howard, NIOSH director.
The agreement means NIOSH joins a cross-functional team of scientists from the DOE, the Department of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Established through an executive order, the Multi-agency Collaboration on Unconventional Oil and Gas Research is chartered to provide a multidisciplinary approach to evaluating health and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing and shale gas extraction," according to a statement on NETL's website.
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June 3, 2013
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