Public Forum to Explore Pipeline Impact on Human and Environmental Health

Oct 25, 2017

Experts will gather in Roanoke tomorrow night to discuss how gas pipelines, slated to be built in Virginia, might affect human health. They’ll compare renewable energy with natural gas and explore how each impacts water and land, --as well as physical and mental health.

In other pipeline news, The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to re-open its review of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. They say the certification it granted earlier this month was pre-mature, short on details, and leaves out key issues related to environmental protection and quality of life. The 300-mile pipeline would begin in West Virginia, run through several counties in southwest Virginia, and ultimately, connect with the Transco Pipeline near Chatham, Virginia. The 42 inch diameter pipeline is slated to transport 2-billion cubic feet of natural gas a day. Pipeline supporters say it will help boost the region’s economy by creating jobs and attracting new businesses.


A Forum for Health Professionals

Hosted by Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Co-Sponsored by: Roanoke College, Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition, and Physicians for Social Responsibility

Energy choices today offer a lot of good news, with cleaner choices available at much lower prices than in the past. Join a distinguished set of speakers for comparisons of old and new energy sources and their human health implications.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, M106

2 Riverside Circle

Roanoke, VA 24016

Presentation at 5:30 pm. A light reception will follow at 7:30 in the Café/Atrium


Doug Hendren, M.D. “Health Implications of Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy”

E. Scott Geller, Ph.D. “Pipeline Effects on Mental Health: Stress and Distress”

Tina Smusz, M.D. and Diana Christopulos, Ph.D. “Pipelines in Karst Country: Impacts on the water supply”