December 4 2007
NH receives oil and gas report; further work with partner agencies and stakeholders planned
Northern Health has received a report compiled by former medical health officer Dr. Lorna Medd on the health effects of oil and gas exploration.
“The report is a preliminary assessment of the population health impacts of oil and gas activities in the Northeast,” said NH CEO Cathy Ulrich. “The Northern Health Board has expressed its interest in the potential social and health impacts of industrial development, and would like more information to assist in health service planning as economic activities expand in the region.”
Ms. Ulrich has asked Northeast medical health officer Dr. Charl Badenhorst to conduct further work in the following areas:
“Industrial and economic development will continue to have a significant effect on the kinds of health issues we will need to deal with in the North. It is important that we work with industry and other stakeholders to ensure that we are aware of what is being planned and that we take the health implications into consideration,” said Dr. David Bowering, NH’s chief medical health officer.