PEHSU Grand Rounds Webinar

Unconventional Oil Exploration: What are the fracking risks for children?: June 24, 2015

Stephen W. Borron, MD, MS, FACMT
Medical Director, West Texas Regional Poison Center
Director and Chief Medical Consultant, Southwestern Center for Pediatric Environmental Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
El Paso, TX

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:
  • Define unconventional petroleum exploration
  • Describe the actual and potential physical risks to children from increased drilling activity
  • Identify some toxic contaminants of breathing air associated with petroleum exploration
  • Describe the risks of negative impact on drinking water

Presenter: Stephen W. Borron, MD, FACMT

Borron125w.jpgStephen W. Borron, MD, FACMT, is a West Texas native, Division Chief, Division of Medical Toxicoloy and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He is Medical Director of the West Texas Regional Poison Center at UMC of El Paso. He graduated from the Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with a Doctor of Medicine degree and the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health. He has experience in emergency department care in Level I trauma centers, poison center services, toxicology intensive care unit, both clinical and laboratory research. Dr. Borron is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine) and Medical Toxicology. He is Medical Editor-In-Chief of ToxED, one of three editors of Haddad & Winchester's Poisoning and Drug Overdose, 4th Edition, and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed. Dr. Borron is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Module Recording and Materials



This presentation was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1 U61TS000238-01 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301-9. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

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