In this episode Raina Rippel from the Environmental Health Project talks about the Citizen Science Toolkit, a helpful resource for anyone who wants to protect their family and neighbors from the harms of fracking. This toolkit is an expansive document that details ways that anyone can participate in monitoring environmental health impacts.
We talk about the implications of health monitoring, how the toolkit was created, and provide some insight into the role of citizen science in protecting ourselves from industry that is looking for the cheapest and fastest way to extract gas and bring it to market.
Raina says we all need to be involved in protecting our family and neighbors from the potential harms associated with unconventional oil and gas development – there are tools at our disposal to do this right now.
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About Raina Rippel
In 2011, Raina Rippel helped found the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) in response to growing concerns associated with gas drilling activity and health impacts in Washington County, PA. Formerly Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility/Maine and the Center for Coalfield Justice, Rippel has on the job training in environmental public health, medical education and outreach, community organizing, strategic development and leadership.
Rippel heads up a team of fifteen staff and consultants and various interns with expertise in healthcare, public health research, toxicology, air and water quality, strategic development and community organizing, in conducting a targeted and timely public health response to unconventional shale development. EHP focuses their work on gathering data from residents of southwest PA and beyond on probable health impacts from oil and gas development, determining routes of exposures, and providing best-practice air and water monitoring tools and guidance, as well as accessible and effective interventions for individuals, households, and communities.
Citizen Scientist Toolkit
This Citizen Scientist toolkit will provide listeners with an easy-to-follow framework for taking steps to becoming a more informed, empowered member of your community. By carefully following the procedures and protocols that are defined in the toolkit, listeners will become a citizen scientist, and their efforts can have an impact that extends well beyond their community. Their data can be added to the findings of many others. Together, this information can help listeners, their community, researchers and scientists truly understand the type and level of fracking-related risks.
This podcast is a project of halttheharm.net, a website and resource that connects you with leaders, activists, researchers, economists, legal experts, and funders to protect your community from oil & gas industry. Halt the Harm is a network of leaders who are taking action, sharing resources and information, and supporting each other’s campaigns. Find out more at halttheharm.net
The soundtrack Halt the Harm podcast is”One of These Days” by Eilen Jewell from her album Sea of Tears.