Dr. Karl Korfmacher on Assessing the Health Impacts of Fracking Using GIS

At the last log lunch, Dr. Karl Korfmacher of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) gave a talk on the ways in which we can use GIS programs to analyze the potential health impacts from transport and well emissions generated by HVHF operations in the Marcellus Shale Basin, in Appalachia.

As a result of unsustainable treatment of the earth with methods like fracking, there are immeasurable health consequences to living beings in the area. Fracking is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into rocks so as to force open existing fissures to extract oil or gas.

Dr. Korfmacher’s recent studies have been in BenMAP Health and EconomicAnalysis and the GIFT model. Looking ahead, the need to make the valuable information gathered by these tools publicly available.



—Jane Tekin, ’19