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From Wellhead to Ethane Cracker: How Fracking for Plastics Harms Our Health

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Dr. Ned Ketyer, a distinguished local pediatrician from Washington County, connects the vast petrochemical “clusterfrack” underway in SW Pennsylvania with the local and regional health impacts currently experienced by residents, and the global ecological and public health catastrophes resulting from plastic pollution and climate change that threaten the health and well-being of all travelers on this shining ball of blue. Dr. Ketyer’s presentation is entitled, “From Wellhead to Ethane Cracker: How Fracking for Plastics Harms Our Health”

Laura Dagley, BSN, RN, Medical Advocacy Coordinator Physicians for Social Responsibility, Pennsylvania, will present a program entitled, Fracking: The Health Impacts We Know and the Science Behind It. The presentation will explore the findings of the sixth edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction). The “Compendium” can be found here: https://www.psr.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/compendium-6.pdf

Dr. Ned Ketyer is a Pittsburgh-area pediatrician with special interests in develop-mental pediatrics, preventative medicine, and environmental health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After practicing for more than 26 years at Pediatric Alliance, Dr. Ketyer retired from office practice at the beginning of 2017, however, he con-tinues to write and edit his practice’s popular blog, The PediaBlog. Before his re-tirement, Dr. Ketyer was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Univer-sity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Ketyer is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health. He serves on the Breathe Collaborative in Allegheny County, raising the awareness of health care providers about the region’s historic and contemporary air pollution and health challenges. He is a consultant for the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project bringing attention to the health impacts of shale gas development in the Marcellus Shale gas patch, a board member of Physicians for Social Respon-sibility – Pennsylvania, and a Climate Reality Project Leader.

Laura Dagley is a registered nurse and the Medical Advocacy Coordinator for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). She has worked in hospital, home health, and hospice settings, where she began to connect her patient’s health to their environmental exposures. She recently worked with the SWPA Environmental Health Project, addressing health threats from the oil and gas industry. She now works in Pittsburgh with PSR, as an advocate for healthcare providers, their patients, and the environments they live in.


September 28th 2019
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Butler Area Public Library
218 N. McKean St.
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Marcellus Outreach Butler