Shooting infrared video of methane pollution in
Porter Ranch, CA

Why the Map was created

The Oil & Gas Threat Map shows that oil and gas air pollution isn’t someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.

Until recently there were no limits on oil and gas methane pollution anywhere in the United States. And that’s still true in Texas. So it’s no surprise that the oil and gas industry is the United States’ largest methane polluter by far.

What might be a surprise: along with methane, oil and gas production often releases toxic air pollution, like benzene – a known carcinogen.

The Map was created to make aware the public and decisionmakers that this type of air pollution is a ubiquitous health threat that should be addressed with strong government standards. Particularly the Biden Environmental Protection Agency which has proposed flawed federal safeguards. Fortunately they are not yet final and EPA has explicitly said they will consider strengthening them.

What the Map shows

The Oil & Gas Threat Map

How the Map was created

The Oil & Gas Threat Map was created with —

Who created the Map

Two organizations worked together —

  • Earthworks, a national environmental group dedicated to protect communities and the environment from the negative impacts of resource extraction;
  • 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 and FracTracker Alliance did the research and provided data that FracTracker Alliance used to build the Oil & Gas Threat Map.