The Oil and Gas Threat Map shows us that oil and gas air pollution isn’t someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.
The Oil and 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:
- Within each individual state, allows you to search for your home or school to find out if you’re at elevated risk for exposure to this pollution.
- Showing infrared videos of normally invisible pollution from oil and gas operations.
- Showing interviews with people impacted by this pollution,
Threat Map Update, October 2017: New analysis finds 2.9 million children enrolled in schools & daycares across the country are threatened by oil and gas air pollution.
Oil & Gas Threat Map for Pennsylvania maps Pennsylvania’s 108,176 active oil and gas wells, compressors and processors. Using peer-reviewed research into the health impacts attributed to oil and gas air pollution, the map conservatively draws a ½ mile health threat radius around each facility.
Within ½ mile health threat radius are:
- 310,896 students attending 1,118 schools and daycares
- 1,552,201 people living in their homes including
- 327,725 children under 18
- 268,518 senior citizens 65 and over
- 48 medical facilities
- All located in the 11,317 square miles that lay within a ½ mile health threat radius of 108,176 oil and gas production facilities.
The Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department issued rules to limit this type of oil and gas pollution. The Trump Administration is now trying to block and revoke these rules before they go into effect.