On January 30, 2016, we were fortunate to have a team from Environmental Health Project (EHP) make a presentation on the Health Effects of Gas Infrastructure at Frontier High School in Deerfield, MA. EHP were the researchers behind the Minisink Compressor Station health study (linked below), one of the few studies of actual community health affects of a compressor station operating in town. Their presentation lends invaluable statistical medical information for people to speak to their own Board of Health
How’s The Weather?
SWPA-EHP Video demonstrating how emissions travel different rates during different weather conditions.
Use the information from this study:
The EHP team recommended that local activists bring the information from this presentation to elected officials and to use in comments on dockets for projects being considered for approval.
Get “baseline” tests before construction begins:
They also recommend conducting “baseline” tests, getting samples of local conditions before any infrastructure is built, to help build a case for any damages to environment, health and safety if the infrastructure is later built and operational.
» Check out the Speck Monitors reviewed in the presentation
The question was raised of whether the costs of testing (estimated in the presentation to be as low as $5,000 to more expensive for more extentive tests), should be required to be paid by the pipeline company. This request should be brought up on the FERC docket as a conditional demand of approval of the pipeline.
EHP is available in New Haven for those interested in following up. It’s best to contact Celia Lewis directly: firstname.lastname@example.org