Shooting infrared video of methane pollution in
Porter Ranch, CA

Why the Map was created

The federal government and some states are considering issuing rules to cut oil and gas methane pollution from existing sources, which would have a co-benefit of reducing associated air toxics.

The Map was created to make the public and decisionmakers aware that this type of air pollution is a ubiquitous health threat that should be addressed with strong government standards.

How the Map was created

The Oil & Gas Threat Map was created with —

Who created the Map

Three organizations worked together —

  • Earthworks, a national environmental group dedicated to protect communities and the environment from the negative impacts of resource extraction;
  • Clean Air Task Force, which works to help safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector; and
  • FracTracker Alliance, which studies, maps, and communicates the risks of oil and gas development to protect our planet and support the renewable energy transformation.

Earthworks, Clean Air Task Force, and FracTracker Alliance did the research and provided data that FracTracker Alliance used to build the Oil & Gas Threat Map.