The First Medical Symposium on the Health Impacts of Oil & Gas Development was launched on February 2, 2019 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This accredited symposium provided networking between Medical and Health professionals, and Researchers, to improve patient care, to understand the etiology of symptoms and to improve diagnostic outcomes. The full day symposium had thirteen highly credentialed and inspirational speakers from all parts of the country.
As of March 31, 2020 there are 55,292 active oil and gas wells and 64,994 inactive oil and gas wells in Colorado. The EPA downgraded Colorado’s air quality from moderate to serious non-attainment levels. Poor air quality and an increase in health concerns, attributed to drilling and “fracking” near residential areas, are increasing exponentially in Colorado. The medical community is currently unaware of the potential health impacts of unconventional Oil & Gas development. The dissemination of medical research regarding oil and gas development is timely and critical. 2nd Annual Medical Symposium on the Health Impacts of Oil & Gas DevelopmentThe upcoming symposium plans to accomplish the following:
- Raise awareness of the health impacts of Oil & Gas Development
- Provide the latest information and peer reviewed research to medical and health professionals, and concerned citizens
- Educate professionals to properly identify the etiology and symptom clusters of medical conditions due to exposure to Oil & Gas Development
- Educate a broad base of stake holders including public health officials, medical school students, community members and researchers
- Educate medical personnel to recognize, test and treat health related concerns regarding exposure to Oil & Gas Development
- Facilitate collaboration and coordination between researchers, medical professionals and residents to protect the health and safety of citizens
- Familiarize attendees with resources such as;” The Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risk and Harm of Fracking” (1,778 published, peer reviewed studies)
- Provides medical and health professionals with educational credits towards licensure
The dissemination of medical research regarding oil and gas development is timely and critical. Our goal is to offer annual symposium events, and to provide webinar access across Colorado and to other states.