Las Vegas -- The introduction of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in an Appalachian region in southwestern Pennsylvania has created a variety of health concerns for the surrounding community and healthcare providers should be ready to recognize symptoms, according to two speakers at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2013 National Conference. The region's abundance of Marcellus Shale, sedimentary rock that contains an estimated 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, has attracted gas companies seeking to extract the precious resource, but the negative health effects of the industry are not yet fully understood, Lenore K. Resick, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, of Duquesne University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh and Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, of Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky, explained during a poster presentation. Fracking involves drilling wells as deep as 8,000 feet underground and pumping down fluids that create fissures in the rock, which in turn allows natural gas to be released and pumped back up to the surface for collection. Dangerous chemicals are currently used to induce these cracks, and there is growing concern that the process has contaminated the water supply and air, harming local residents. So Resick, Knestrick and colleagues conducted a qualitative study in response to complaints by several women in the area, who said that local government officials and healthcare providers have not addressed their fracking-...
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ROANOKE, VA. - Norfolk Southern's office building at 110 Franklin Road SE in Roanoke has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"Norfolk Southern is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Andy Paul, manager energy services. "This demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs. ENERGY STAR is a great tool to compare our building performance with our peers. This inspired us to do what we can to achieve the triple bottom line -- planet, people, and profit. We are proud of this accomplishment and excited about similar work across our network."
Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Norfolk Southern improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across its entire 22-state system and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to protecting our environment," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler...
Posted May 14, 2013 in Crown Capital Eco Management