Optical Gas Imaging

What threatens the areas, people and schools on the Oil & Gas Threat Map are toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted alongside methane. Normally invisible, these toxics commonly include benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene — the so-called BTEX chemicals.

Optical gas imaging cameras like the FLIR GF320 make methane and VOCs visible. Below are a sampling of the more than 1,700 videos of site visits that Earthworks’ ITC-certified thermographers have made to oil and gas production operations since 2014.

The FLIR GF320

The FLIR GF320 is the industry standard optical gas imaging camera for detecting volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including methane. It is used by state and federal regulators and the oil and gas industry, to identify emissions that occur during routine oil and gas operations, or that are occurring because of faulty equipment, accidents, and intentional releases by operators.

FLIR Cameras make visible 20 normally invisible VOCs, including benzene and methane.

Optical gas imaging documents pollution

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FLIR video Colorado's Front Range
FLIR video Texas
FLIR video Southwest Pennsylvania
FLIR video New Mexico's Permian