Links to articles and reports that describe fugitive emissions and how they are transported in the air and how they affect local air quality.
- - 1140 - [November 9, 2012] - TEDX - The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Theo Colborn - "Air Pollution and Natural Gas Operations"
- "This exploratory study was designed to assess air quality in a rural western Colorado area where residences and gas wells co-exist. Sampling was conducted before, during, and after drilling and hydraulic fracturing of a new natural gas well pad. Weekly air sampling for 1 year revealed that the number of non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) and their concentrations were highest during the initial drilling phase and did not increase during hydraulic fracturing in this closed-loop system. Methylene chloride, a toxic solvent not reported in products used in drilling or hydraulic fracturing, was detected 73% of the time; several times in high concentrations."
- - 1143 - [January 11, 2015] - China Topix, Arthur Dominic Villasanta - "Fracking is a Deadly Air Pollution Threat"
- "Fracking isn't just a serious threat to drinkable groundwater supplies in the U.S. It turns out this controversial method of extracting underground natural gas might make the air we breathe unbreathable.
In September, an air monitoring study in New York, Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wyoming found high levels of toxic pollutants such as the banned carcinogens benzene and formaldehyde in communities near drilling sites."
- - 1275 - [NA] - eeNews, Robert B. Jackson, Avner Vengosh, Thomas H. Darrah, Nathaniel R. Warner, Adrian Down, Robert J. Poreda, Stephen G. Osborn, Kaiguang Zhao and Jonathan D. Karr - "Increased stray gas abundance in a subset of drinking water wells near Marcellus shale gas extraction"
- "We analyzed 141drinking water wells across the Appalachian Plateaus physiographic province of northeastern Pennsylvania, examining natural gas concentrations and isotopic signatures with proximity to shale gas wells. Methane was detected in 82% of drinking water samples, with average concentrations six times higher for homes <1 km from natural gas wells (P=0.0006). Ethane was 23 times higher in homes<1 km from gas wells (P=0.0013); propane was detected in 10 water wells, all within approximately 1 km distance (P=0.01)."