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The Oil and Gas Companies Suing to Pollute Without Limits

These 104 companies emitted 38.6 million metric tons of methane, measured in carbon dioxide equivalent, in 2014 and 38.1 million metric tons in 2015. The 2015 emissions are equivalent to the emissions generated from running more than 11 coal-fired power plants for a year or the emissions from burning 20 million tons of coal.18The United States could power 4 million homes for a year with the methane that these companies wasted in 2015.19

The largest methane leak in U.S. history began one year ago at Aliso Canyon. What have we learned since then?-Los Angeles Times

The leak was a wake-up call. Too few people had recognized the tremendous risks of Aliso Canyon —that an aging facility operating under grossly outdated and inadequate standards could wreak havoc on public health and the environment. About 80% of the facility’s wells were built before the 1970s, and Southern California Gas knew they were corroding and failing at an increasing rate. But there were no rules mandating frequent inspections or upgrades. What’s more, government officials didn’t seem sufficiently concerned that the state’s energy supply had become so heavily dependent on Aliso Canyon.

Inspect, improve, monitor gas storage-Pocono Record

Lawmakers themselves encouraged the Obama administration to create standards in response to the disastrous gas leak in Aliso Canyon. Poor facility design, combined with a lack of monitoring, contributed to the extent of the leak and the time it took to resolve it.

Industry professionals should embrace the recommendations as part of their corporate responsibility as they profit off the Keystone State’s wealth of natural gas. Citizens’ health and safety should always come before corporate profit.

Latino Communities at Risk The Impact of Air Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry [SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION]

Many Latino communities face serious health risks caused by air pollution. What’s more, higher poverty levels and relatively lower rates of health insurance increase these health threats from air pollution translating into a bigger health burden on Latino communities. This report for the first time quantifies the elevated health risk that millions of Latinos face due to pollution from oil and gas facilities.

Latino Communities at Risk The Impact of Air Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry

Many Latino communities face serious health risks caused by air pollution. What’s more, higher poverty levels and relatively lower rates of health insurance increase these health threats from air pollution translating into a bigger health burden on Latino communities. This report for the first time quantifies the elevated health risk that millions of Latinos face due to pollution from oil and gas facilities.

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