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TONIGHT: A Truly Hot Event
Radon in Shale Gas 101
Radon is a radioactive gas that is released whenever shale gas is extracted. It travels through pipelines to the point of use, for instance, to stoves, laundry appliances, and boilers. Radon has always been present in natural gas, and is currently present in the NYC gas supply at very low levels. However, New York's gas supply is changing, and this is a cause for concern.
The gas coming to New York City used to be supplied from areas in Texas, Louisiana and the Southwest, or as the map indicates (in blue), from areas of low radioactivity, and at great distance.
With the construction of new pipelines, more and more of New York's gas supply will be coming from The Marcellus shale play. As the map indicates (in pink), this area is particularly high in radioactivity. Scientists estimate it is between 10 to 70 times more radioactive than average. Because it is in close proximity to NYC, there is little transit time to allow for radioactive decay.
Radon, being the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, poses a risk to City residents and workers. For a brief history of the issue and how it has grown in attention, please read this.
TONIGHT @7pm: Radon Forum at Cooper Union
Lung Cancer & New York City Kitchens
Why Increased Radon in Natural Gas Could Be a Public Health Disaster
Former DEP Commissioner, Al Appleton, has assembled a must-see forum on radon in shale gas, to be held Tuesday night in the prestigious Great Hall at Cooper Union. Watch this video of Al connecting the dots between fracking, pipelines and radon.
The Great Hall at the Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, at Third Avenue, Manhattan. Subways: 6 train to Astor Place; N,R to 8th Street. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is FREE but please register here and share the Facebook event page.
Jeff Zimmerman | Public Interest Attorney and Radiation Expert
Sheila Bushkin-Bedient MD MPH | Member, Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany, Member Concerned Health Professionals of New York
Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Visiting Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Jill Greenberg, MPH | Consultant, Toxic Materials Management, representing New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health
Heather Carlucci | Executive Pastry Chef of PRINT, Founding Member, Chefs for The Marcellus and a leading advocate of Programs for From Farm to Table Food
The Honorable Linda Rosenthal | New York State Assemblywoman, sponsor of a new bill that would require the monitoring and mitigation of radon in natural gas supplied by utilities to municipalities in New York State.
David Braun | Activist, United For Action
Sponsors and Co-Sponsors:
Cosponsored by: Bronx Greens, Brooklyn Food Coalition, Brooklyn For Peace, CARP, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy / WhattheFrack.org, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Chefs for the Marcellus, Chelsea for Peace, Citizen Action of New York, Citizens Radon Watch, Congregation of Saint Saviour Environmental Task Force, Council of Chelsea Block Associations, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, Frack Action, Friends in Unity with Nature (NY Quakers), Grassroots Environmental Education, Gray Panthers NYC Network, Green Party of New York State, Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Greens, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, Mothers United for Sustainable Technologies, The Mothers Project, Neighborhood Energy Network, New York Friends of Clearwater, New York Society for Ethical Culture, New Yorkers Against Fracking, New Yorkers for Clean Water, New Yorkers for Sustainable Energy Solutions, NOFA - New York, North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island, NY Climate Action Group, NY Contra el Gasoducto, NYC Friends of Clearwater, NYU Divest, Occupy The Pipeline, Park River Independent Democrats club, Park Slope United Methodist Church Social Action Committee, Pedre Integrative Health, Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, Peoples Alliance For Clean Water & Air, Riverdale Ethical Culture, Riverside Church, Sierra Club NYC Group, Slow Food NYC, StopMCS, Superintendent Technical Association, The Carbon Squeeze, The Mothers Project, The Talking Band, Tinker Tree Play/Care, Trade Justice, Trinity Lutheran Church, Walkers Restaurant, WBAI Eco-Logic, West 80s Neighborhood Association, West Queens Greens, WethePeopleMatter, Working Families Party