From the Introduction:
Thanks to the shale boom, oil and gas development has expanded rapidly in many regions of the United States. The oil and gas industry has industrialized areas that were, and still largely are, rural and agricultural communities. In the process, industry has polluted these communities—rural except for oil and gas—with methane and associated toxics heretofore associated with urban areas. This report highlights the health impacts experienced by several of these rural communities as a result of the increased air pollution from oil and gas operations.