NRDC and others have been advocating for years that a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) should be conducted as part of the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other environmental reviews (state or local) when oil and gas development is anticipated to have an impact on human health.
Among the report’s findings:
While evidence continues to mount about the potential health effects of living near oil and gas operations, it is also becoming increasingly clear that we don’t have the data or analysis we need from health experts to fully understand the risks from being exposed to toxic oil and gas pollution.
With federal and state agencies expected to approve more drilling permits in the years to come, now is the time to ensure that health impact assessments are fully incorporated into the environmental review process.[Photo By U.S. National Archives and Records Administration]