Beta-testing our New Guidebook on Community Health and Shale Development

Aug 13, 2014

On Wednesday, August 6, I gave a webinar presentation introducing over 60 members of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to our draft Community Health and Shale Development Guidebook. County and city health officials are a key target audience, so this was a critical test drive.

With the growth of shale energy development (also known by part of the method used for extracting hydrocarbons from shale deposits – hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”) around the country, we identified a gap that RESOLVE could help fill. Communities are seeking information and guidance on health-related issues, yet it can be difficult to get your hands on independent, reliable information that addresses the range of issues communities might encounter. The guidebook offers a basic factual explanation of the potential health issues, some options for responding to challenges, case studies of solutions that have worked, and a set of in-depth additional resources from a variety of perspectives.

We are currently “beta-testing” the draft guidebook. NACCHO members are reviewing the draft and giving us feedback. To find out more about the guidebook, you can view the webinar recording here.

We’re planning to release version 1 of the guidebook later this fall, so stay tuned. To sign up to receive a link to the guidebook when it is released, send me an email at

Dana Goodson, Mediator

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The Impacts of Energy Development: How Can Science Help Us?

Oct 25, 2013

A RESOLVE Webinar Illustrating the Usefulness of the Joint Fact Finding (JFF) Process for Energy Development

As a landowner in northeast Pennsylvania, I have tried to become informed about hydraulic fracturing for the capture of natural gas. My thirty-acre farm lies on the edge of the Marcellus shale deposits, in the bucolic Endless Mountains with rolling hills of field and woodland, trout-filled streams and spring-fed lakes, and state parks and gamelands enjoyed by visitors from around the world. This little piece of paradise needs to be protected from careless exploitation. However, as a conscientious citizen of the world, I would also like to see theUnited Statesmove toward a petroleum-neutralMiddle Eastpolicy and to a more sustainable energy agenda.

So how does a lay person make sense of all the conflicting data about this new technology? A joint fact finding (JFF) process, bringing together interested parties, would be useful not just for the big players in this emerging energy field, but for small stakeholders as well. Next Tuesday (October 29,12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern), RESOLVE will host a webinar illustrating a consensus-based approach to such complex issues. Local and immediate concerns such as water and air quality impacts and noise and light pollution from drill sites and compressor stations could be properly addressed in this fashion and help to determine best policies and practices.

Whether you are a concerned citizen, NGO, government representative, or corporate stakeholder, a JFF approach may work for you.

If interested, please register for the webinar here.

-        Kathy Arcuri, RESOLVE Volunteer

Kathy Arcuri is a RESOLVE volunteer.  She writes blog posts on RESOLVE’s work from her own perspective.

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