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.

Media Releases

Infrared videos show Denton oil and gas air pollution still unaddressed by regulators

October 21, 2014 • Earthworks

Oct 21st, Denton, TX -- Newly released infrared videos taken over the past three months show that oil and gas air pollution is ongoing, chronic, and unaddressed in Denton, Texas despite assurances of safety by industry. The videos make visible normally invisible volatile organic compounds emissions (VOCs) -- such as carcinogens like benzene.


Reckless Endangerment While Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale

September 19, 2013 • Sharon Wilson, Lisa Sumi, Wilma Subra

If you live in the gas patch, you might have a dirty mind

May 20, 2011 • Sharon Wilson

It is well known that breathing toxic gas patch air is hard on our hearts and lungs now a new study shows it also gives us dirty minds.


Children who live in areas with air pollution show brain lesions in the prefrontal cortex of their brains that are similar to people who have dementia and Alzheimer s. They also show signs of cognitive impairments in memory, problem solving and judgment and deficiencies in their sense of smell.


In Mexico City, an 11-year-old girl named Ana who has an IQ of 113, which is above-average, also has persistent, growing brain lesions. Ana was one of 54 children who participated in the Mexico City study. Autopsies of healthy children who died in accidents showed proteins that are known hallmarks of Alzheimer s and Parkinson s diseases.


Another study of 200 10-year- olds in Boston found that higher airborne concentrations of soot meant lower IQs and poorer memories.


Researchers believe nonoparticles--tiny particles in smog, carbon, metals, solvents and other reactive gases-travel through the nose and into the brain where they cause inflammation.


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Air Sampling Conducted in Monroe, Conecuh and Escambia Counties, Alabama

January 26, 2007 • Lisa Sumi

This report summarizes air quality sampling results for hydrogen sulfide and volatile organic compounds in oil and gas producing areas, as well as residential areas of Monroe, Conecuh and Escambia counties in Alabama. Based on the high concentrations that were measured at some sites, there is a need for a more comprehensive air quality monitoring program in these counties.