Community air monitoring of oil and gas pollution: a survey of issues and technologies

February 29, 2016 • Nadia Steinzor

Stop fracking with our public lands

February 12, 2016 • Sharon Wilson

For the past year I have been travelling the country exposing otherwise invisible air pollution from fracking and fracking-related development. In 2014, Earthworks was able to buy a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) Gasfinder 320 camera thanks to the generous support of our members and donors. This camera is the gold-standard of oil and gas pollution detection. Industry and government alike use the same model camera and have the same certification I do to operate it. The camera detects methane and about 20 different volatile organic compounds that are health-harming and climate polluting.

Proposed methane rule could protect Pennsylvanians’ health and climate

January 21, 2016 • Nadia Steinzor

Pennsylvania officials often boast about having the second highest natural gas producing state in the nation, usually while playing up purported economic benefits and downplaying documented environmental impacts. But this week, the ranking was invoked as the reason to stem pollution caused by oil and gas operations.

Governor Wolf's Administration announced a new plan to o reduce methane pollution from fracking and fracking-related development, including gas wells and processing and transmission facilities. At 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year time period, methane—the primary component of natural gas—is a major driver of climate change. In 2014, Pennsylvania’s oil and gas producers reported wasting nearly 100,000 metric tons of methane, or enough natural gas to heat nearly 65,000 homes

EPA final ozone rule helpful but insufficient for fracking-impacted communities

October 1, 2015
Statement of Earthworks Policy Director Lauren Pagel “EPA's new standard recognizes we need to reduce ground level ozone pollution to protect public health, but it doesn't go far enough. People across the country are already suffering from increased smog from… More »

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Keeping up with the Joneses: how one FLIR camera led to more

September 10, 2015 • Hilary Lewis

Last August, Earthworks purchased a FLIR Gasfinder camera to make invisible air pollution from the oil and gas industry visible. Since then, we’ve traveled the country exposing the pollution and demanding action from industry and regulators.

It’s working.

There are many ways to measure success: families helped, air cleaned, industries fined, but this week we found yet another -- FLIR cameras purchased.

Texas Oil and Gas Flaring

August 31, 2015 • Clare E. Miller

New Oil & Gas Development Methane Standard Welcomed by Fracking-Impacted Residents, Enviros

August 18, 2015 • Earthworks
Aug 18, Washington, D.C. – The Obama Administration today proposed the first-ever methane pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities that, if implemented, will help protect public health and put the United States closer to meeting the Administration’s… More »

Air Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry

August 18, 2015 • Earthworks

The U.S. oil and gas industry pollutes the air with methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). EPA announced in January 2015 that, in addition to voluntary measures, it will propose rules to require the industry reduce this pollution.