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 —
- Publicly available Census, Department of Education, oil & gas facility, and other data
- Peer-reviewed science to determine that ½ mile is a conservative distance within which oil and gas air pollution can be detected such that residents should be concerned
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Air Toxics Assessment data to determine county-by-county averages of the increased average cancer and respiratory health risk attributable specifically to toxic oil and gas air pollution
- More than 100 infrared videos that make visible the normally invisible oil and gas air pollution
- More than 50 video interviews with residents negatively impacted by oil and gas facilities
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.