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Toxicology of Hydraulic Fracturing


The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) has developed a series of educational short courses on contemporary issues in environmental toxicology and environmental health. The topic for this module is the toxicology of hydraulic fracturing.

Developed By:

Michael Abesamis, MD
Anthony F. Pizon, MD, FACMT
Division of Medical Toxicology
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Learning Objectives:

1) To understand the basic process of hydraulic fracturing.
2) To understand the possible sources of toxicologic exposures from hydraulic fracturing.
3) To review the common chemicals that are used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
4) To review the current literature on the known toxicologic effects of hydraulic fracturing.
5) To understand the current concerns that are being addressed as hydraulic fracturing evolves.
 
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Funding for this web-based learning module was made possible (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000117-03 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.