Drew Michanowicz is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard Chan C-CHANGE and is also part of The Nature Conservancy’s NatureNet Science Fellows Program class of 2015.

Drew’s research interests are related to poorly understood and emerging environmental hazards on both global- and community-level scales. One such emerging issue is the penetration of renewables into an aging and poorly adaptable energy system. To better inform the public and policy makers, we are developing a national census-like database of determinants of energy infrastructural integrity, starting with underground natural gas storage. These data can be utilized to measure hazard consequence and triage management policies based on risks to public health. Additionally, Drew and colleagues are developing a 3D air quality monitoring drone using gas sensing technologies that can be deployed in spaces previously inaccessible to traditional sampling methods.

Drew received both a Master and Doctor of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. In 2009, Drew received an Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certification and passed the National Board Certification of Public Health exam.

Harvard study uses new method to show how close residents live to Aliso Canyon-type wells

Study finds 20,000 homes and 53,000 people in predominantly suburban areas of PA, OH, WV, MI, NY, and CA live within a city block of active underground natural gas storage wells.

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A Gas Company Settles for $119.5 Million for the biggest methane leak in US History

After one of its natural gas storage wells blew out and caused the biggest methane leak in United States history, the Southern California Gas Company has agreed to pay $119.5 million to settle city, county, and state claims against it.

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In California, natural gas availability still an issue 3 years after major leak

In May, research fellow Drew R. Michanowicz argued in the Los Angeles Times that using depleted oil wells as high-pressure natural gas storage tanks requires modern engineering against blowouts

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How Dangerous are Underground Natural Gas Storage Wells?

Study explores the risks of aging infrastructure throughout the United States.

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