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Thursday, September 19, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Health Impacts of Fracking on Communities

Dr. Deborah Cowden, MD, is a central Ohio physician and president of the Greene County Medical Society. Her talk will focus on health problems caused by poor air quality associated with unconventional drilling, also known as “fracking. She will present a recent scientific study in which air near gas wells was measured and found to contain more than 50 chemicals, including the volatile organic compounds benzene, xylene, ethylbenzene, and toluene. Benzene is a known carcinogen, and all of the others have been shown to have negative health effects on humans. Dr. Cowden will also talk about the recent efforts of the Ohio State Medical Association to successfully urge the Ohio legislature to pass laws giving doctors and first responders the exact identity of all the chemicals located on an hydraulic fracturing pad.

This lecture is free and open to the public and is part of a series of speakers and films titled “Hydraulic Horizontal Fracking and the Viable Alternatives Available Now” presented by West Shore FACT (Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness) with sponsorship from Food and Water Watch, NE Ohio Group Sierra Club, Buckeye Forest Council, NEOGAP (Network for Oil and Gas Accountability Project), and Cuyahoga County Concerned Citizens.

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
20401 Hilliard Blvd
Rocky River, OH

More information: http://www.westshorefact.org/

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