- 1,193,118 active oil & gas wells, compressors and processors
- 12.4 MILLION people live in the threat radius
- 750,000 childhood asthma attacks caused by ozone smog
- 500,000 lost school days due to ozone smog
- 1.5 million restricted activity days attributable to ozone smog
- 238 counties exceed EPA's cancer risk level of concern
- 11,543 schools are in the threat radius
- 639 medical facilities are in the threat radius
- 184,578 sq. miles are covered by the threat radius
The Oil & Gas Threat Map shows us that oil and gas air pollution isn’t someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.
Until very recently, there were no federal limits on methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. So it’s no surprise that the oil and gas industry is the nation’s largest methane polluter.
What might surprise you: along with methane, oil and gas facilities often release other air pollution that can harm our health, like benzene – a known carcinogen.
The Oil & Gas Threat Maps show health impacts from oil and gas air pollution in three different ways:
- On individual state maps, it plots the location of all active oil & gas wells in the United States (except North Carolina and Idaho), then counts the people, schools, and hospitals that live within ½ mile of these facilities.
- On national, state-by-state, and county-by-county levels it shows the contribution of oil and gas air pollution to elevated ozone smog levels, and consequent asthma and other respiratory impacts.
- Using EPA data & models, it shows which counties have health risks because of oil & gas toxic air pollution.
The Map reminds us that the threat, as well as the people at risk, are very real by:
The Obama Administration just finalized rules that will restrict methane air pollution from new oil & gas facilities–and also reduce the associated toxic air pollution. But that doesn’t protect the 12.4 million people living with ½ mile of existing oil & gas operations.
To protect the people living near the 1.2 million active facilities on the Threat Map, we need new rules to cover methane pollution from existing oil & gas facilities.