Dr. McKenzie’s research has contributed to the understanding of how air pollutants and
other exposures resulting from the unconventional development of petroleum resources
may affect the public’s health. Her studies investigating associations between adverse
birth outcomes and childhood cancers and proximity to oil and gas development are
among the first epidemiological studies on this topic to appear in the published
literature. Her sentinel human health risk assessment indicated the potential for
respiratory, neurological, and developmental health outcomes resulting from exposure
to air pollutants emitted during natural gas development. She has testified before the
United States Congress and the Denver Metropolitan Regional Air Quality Council on
the public health implications of natural gas development.
McKenzie, LM, W Allshouse, T Byers, E Bedrick, B Serdar, and JL Adgate. 2017.
Childhood hematologic cancer and residential proximity to oil and gas development
in rural Colorado. PLoS One. 2017 Feb 15;12(2):e0170423. doi:
10.1371/journal.pone.0170423. PMID: 28199334.
McKenzie L.M., Allshouse, W.B., Burke, T., Blair, B.D., Adgate, J.L., Population
Size, Growth, and Environmental Justice Near Oil and Gas Wells in Colorado.
Environ Sci Technol. 2016; 50 (21): 11471-11480. DOI: 10/1021/acs.est6b04391.
McKenzie L.M., Guo, R., Witter R.Z., Savtiz, D.A. Newman L.S., Adgate J.L., “Birth
Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural
Colorado.” Environmental Health Perspectives. 2014; 122 (4): 412-417.
Adgate, JL, BD Goldstein, LM McKenzie. Critical review: “Potential public health
hazards, exposures and health effects from unconventional natural gas
development.” Environ Sci Technol. 2014; 48 (15): 8307-8320.
McKenzie L.M., Witter R.Z., Newman L.S., Adgate J.L. Human health risk
assessment of air emissions from development of unconventional natural gas
resources. Sci Total Environ. 2012; 424: 79-87
- Introduction to Environmental Health