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:
The Map reminds us that the threat, as well as the people at risk, are very real by:
The Biden Administration issued a revised proposal that will require extensive monitoring for methane air pollution from new oil and gas facilities to reduce climate and associated toxic air pollution.
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.
To protect the people living near the 1.5 million active facilities on the Threat Map, we need new rules to be strengthened as much as legally possible to significantly reduce methane pollution from existing oil & gas facilities.