Concerned Citizens of Ohio's Shalersville will present Dr. Deborah Cowden whose presentation will help area residents understand the potential health effects of living near a fracking site.
The event will take place Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at King of Glory Church, 1667 Route 303 in Streetsboro Plaza.
Cowden, a member of the Ohio State Medical Association, the American Academy of Physicians and a member of the Practice Transformation Committee of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, is the president of the Green County Medical Society and runs a private practice in Jamestown.
She will discuss typical airborne contaminates which result from horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking), including a review of typical drill site sources, such as compressor stations, condensate tanks, silica sand and ground level ozone.
According to Cowden, there is "significant air contamination at every pad and well site." During production, wells tend to produce the most contaminants.
Cowden will also discuss drill site disasters, such as fires and explosions, and the problems that can result from them.
If time permits, Cowden also plans to discuss the dangers of hydrogen sulfide which can be released into the air "any time during drilling or production."
In one instance, about 200 people died and an area within a 10-mile radius of a hydrogen sulfide was evacuated due to the release of the poisonous gas.
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