New map shows 1.4 million Pennsylvania residents live half a mile or less from existing oil or gas wells | News | Pittsburgh

New geospatial analysis, interactivity Oil and gas threat mapshowing all operating oil or gas wells nationwide, concludes that 1,482,810 Pennsylvania residents, including 290,123 children, live or attend schools or kindergartens within half a mile of the “threat radius” from active oil and gas operations.

Earthworks, a nonprofit organization that advocates for clean air, water, land and corporate responsibility, and one of the card issuers, says those living within a half-mile of an active well “have cause for concern about potential health effects from oil and gas pollution ”.

Earthworks says their choice to map schools and residences within a half-mile radius of an active well is conservative, as the scientific literature shows an increase in the prevalence of various adverse health effects over distances of more than half a mile. Half a mile is “the distance at which [adverse] The impact was most clearly matched, ”said a release co-published by Earthworks and its project partners, the non-profit FracTracker Alliance for Oil and Gas, the Clean Air Council, the Philadelphia Environmental Organization and Moms Clean Air. against air pollution and climate change.

click to enlarge Pennsylvania box on the oil and gas threat map

Pennsylvania box on the oil and gas threat map

In them external briefing Reviewing the peer-reviewed literature supporting their methodology, Earthworks says their review “collectively represents measured air pollution above background levels and / or health impacts associated with oil and gas development at distances of 0.1 miles to 2 miles of active conventional and unconventional oil and gas facilities ”.

The map allows viewers to select regions to get detailed information about counties across the country. In Allegheny County, the map shows 287,361 endangered populations, out of 59,256 under the age of 18. The map also shows 1,318 oil and gas production facilities in the county.

Lawyers say their analysis, which shows the number of people in close proximity to active oil or gas production facilities, is timely as the Environment Agency is in the process of finalizing proposed guarantees to reduce methane emissions to the climate and related them toxic air pollution from new and existing oil and gas production capacity.

“These safety measures will reduce the amount of toxins such as benzene, a carcinogen without a safe level of exposure, which pose a major threat to health,” the release said.


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