Energy in Depth Debunks Colorado Health Study

Energy in Depth has done it again, debunking a recently released paper  from the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) that suggests the development of oil and natural gas in general – and the use of hydraulic fracturing in particular – can cause "serious health impacts" for those who live closest to well sites.

EID goes on to outline eight specific assumptions made that, upon closer examination and considered in combination, cast serious doubt on the results produced by the exercise.>Here's a teaser:

Bad Input #1: Out of Date Emissions Data

CSPH: "We used air toxics data collected in Garfield County from January 2008 to November 2010 as part of a special study of short-term exposure as well as on-going ambient air monitoring program data to estimate subchronic and chronic exposures and health risks."

  • FACT: Colorado updated its regulatory requirements for oil and gas systems in February 2009, which means at least a portion of the data collected by CSPH is from an operating environment that, by law, no longer exists. Among the rules were requirements for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to be reduced by as much as 95 percent through the use of low- or no-bleed pneumatic devices.

Ready to read on? Visit the EID website for the full refute. Way to go guys!