Reports

Oil & Gas Pollution's Impacts on Texas Families

Right now, there are nearly 400,000 active oil and gas wells, compressor stations, and processing plants
in the state of Texas. Texas is also home to some of the worst methane pollution and ozone smog in
the country.

Each day, oil and gas activities across the state spring leaks that spew toxic pollution into
the air, like an invisible oil spill. The smog that pollution forms is beginning to verge on a public health
crisis: by 2025, Texas is expected to be the worst place in America for children who suffer from asthma
caused by pollution from oil and gas activities.

Unfortunately, Texas lacks meaningful standards for detecting and repairing leaks, which reduce
pollution from oil and gas activities and keep our children and families healthy. Texans rely on the
protections provided by the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), finalized by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year, that safeguard against methane and other toxic
pollution in the air our children breathe. The EPA’s pollution standards apply to 7,400 “new and
modified” oil and gas wells across the state of Texas; in order to reduce toxic emissions and comply
with the EPA’s standards, “new and modified” facilities are required to install pollution control equipment when they are first built or when an older facility is modified and to regularly inspect and fix leaky equipment.

Now, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is attempting to suspend these common sense leak detection and
repair requirements at the behest of the oil and gas lobby. If these safeguards are suspended, or even
worse repealed, families and children in Texas will undoubtedly face an ever-growing public health
crisis from unchecked pollution in their communities, near schools, churches, and neighborhoods.

Permitted to Pollute: How Oil & Gas Operators and Regulators Exploit Clean Air Protections and Put the Public at Risk

Permitted to Pollute is an unprecedented study of how state regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations, authorized by the Clean Air Act to protect air quality and public health, in some cases actually undermines both.

PSR Health Report-Too Dirty, Too Dangerous

There are compelling reasons to question the use of natural gas (methane), given the risks it poses to human health. This report summarizes recent scientific findings that document methane’s implications for health

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

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.

Plugging The Leaks

Plugging the Leaks estimates that nearly 5,400 direct and indirect jobs will be created annually in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing. With full and continuing adoption of leak reducing technologies and practices at new and modified oil and gas facilities, this would suggest creation of over 50,000 jobs over the first decade of full implementation of methane standards.

Gasping for Breath An analysis of the health effects from ozone pollution from the oil and gas industry

When inhaled, ozone smog can impair lung function, trigger asthma attacks, and aggravate diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema, in some cases leading to premature death. Children, the elderly, and people with existing respiratory conditions are the most at risk from ozone smog pollution, which can drive them to stay indoors in the warmer months when smog levels are highest, robbing children of their summers and others of their ability to work and recreate out of doors. However, the health impacts associated with ozone smog produced by pollution solely from the oil and gas industry have never before been quantified.

NASA Four Corners Study

Methane (CH4) impacts climate as the second strongest anthropogenic greenhouse gas and air quality by influencing tropospheric ozone levels. Space-based observations have identified the Four Corners region in the Southwest United States as an area of large CH4 enhancements

Colorado Case Study on Methane Emissions: Conversations with the Oil and Gas Industry

New research on oil and gas industry compliance with methane emissions regulations released today by the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions (CMES) reveals that oil and gas industry representatives in Colorado feel that Colorado’s Regulation 7 is effective and that its benefits outweigh its costs.

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