Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

Garrett County Montage

Air Pollution

Air pollution has been identified as a big factor in gas development. It's often not seen or smelled but can have long term health impacts.

- 1601 - [NA] - coming clean, NA - "Warning Signs: Toxic Air Pollution Identified at Oil and Gas Sites"
"The recent U.S. oil and gas boom has transformed hundreds of communities across the country—from rural areas and small towns to suburbs and cities—into industrial production zones. Oil and gas companies are using unconventional techniques such as hydraulic fracturing—known known as "fracking"—to extract deposits wherever they can be reached, even if those places are in the backyards of homes, near schools or places of worship, or on farmland. Oil and gas production uses hundreds of toxic chemicals that are emitted directly or escape into the air, exposing residents, workers and animals."
- 1602 - [NA] - Environmental Health, Gregg P Macey, Ruth Breech, Mark Chernaik, Caroline Cox, Denny Larson, Deb Thomas and David O Carpenter - "Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study"
"Levels of eight volatile chemicals exceeded federal guidelines under several operational circumstances. Benzene, formaldehyde, and hydrogen sulfide were the most common compounds to exceed acute and other health-based risk levels.
ir concentrations of potentially dangerous compounds and chemical mixtures are frequently present near oil and gas production sites. Community-based research can provide an important supplement to state air quality monitoring programs. "
- 1603 - [October 30, 2014] - resource for the Future - Library Blog, y Wenjing Sang, et al. - "Fracking Waste Water May Introduce Pollutants into Groundwater through Exposed Soils: Cornell Study"
" The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metals and other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals…"
- 1687 - [NA] - TXsharon's Bluedaze, TXsharon - "TCEQ Refused to Respond While this Air Pollution Traveled 20 Miles"
"The amount of air pollution boiling out scared me!
Marathon’s Sugarhorn facility is a chronic offender so I knew I would see emissions. I always see emissions at the Sugarhorn. But I was not prepared for what I saw that day in Karnes County as I looked through the FLIR camera."
- 1707 - [April 21, 2015] - StateImpact - npr, Susan Phillips - "Air pollution increases at Pennsylvania’s natural gas sites"
"Sulfur dioxide emissions jumped 57 percent from 2012 to 2013 at the state’s natural gas production sites, according to data released today by the Department of Environmental Protection. Sulfur dioxide contributes to acid rain, and causes respiratory problems including asthma. Other air pollutants that contribute to public health impacts also increased. These jumps in emissions coincide with the number of well sites reporting."
- 1788 - [April 16, 2015] - ClimateProgress, Katie Valentine - "Fracking Wells Could Pollute The Air Hundreds Of Miles Away"
"Air pollution from hydraulic fracturing operations can likely travel hundreds of miles, even into states with little or no fracking, a new study has found.
The study, published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, looked at hourly measurements of air pollutants like ethane and methane — gases that are found in natural gas — in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. between 2010 and 2013. It found that ethane measurements increased by 30 percent between 2010 and 2013 in the region. "
- 1789 - [April 30, 2015] - The Baltimore Sun, Timothy B. Wheeler - "Study links air pollution in Baltimore, DC to fracking outside Maryland"
"Even though Maryland has yet to permit any hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, emissions linked to the controversial drilling technique have been detected in the air in Baltimore and Washington, according to a new study."
- 1833 - [May 4, 2015] - observe-reporter, Natasha Khan and Eric Holmberg - "PublicSource: Eight facts about the shale industry's air pollution"
" The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently released data on air emissions from the shale gas industry in 2013.
PublicSource looked into the data and built a series of interactive charts so you can more easily explore the information. See also here. and here."
- 1841 - [May 6, 2015] - PublicSource, Natasha Khan and Eric Holmberg | PublicSource - "8 facts about the shale gas industry’s air pollution"
"The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently released data on air emissions from the shale gas industry in 2013.
PublicSource looked into the data and built a series of interactive charts so you can more easily explore the information.
Overall, the data showed emissions from the shale gas industry increased from 2012 to 2013 for five major pollutants:"
- 1843 - [May 5, 2015] - In-Depth News Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Natasha Khan | PublicSource - "Check out the major sources of industrial air pollution in Allegheny County"
"Whether you’re new to the Pittsburgh region or have lived here your whole life, you probably want to know what’s in the air you’re breathing and where it’s coming from.
The map you see here identifies the facilities that federal standards say are the “major sources” of industrial air pollution in Allegheny County and the amount of pollutants they are allowed to release."
- 1950 - [June 9, 2015] - frackorporation, dhippauf - "Gas Gag for Dollars"
"We’ve heard the phrases “put your money where your mouth is” or “put up or shut up”.
In a variation of these old phrases, natural gas corporations are now saying “take the money and shut up”.
In Finleyville, PA, residents regularly complained about air contaminants, noise levels exceeding 80 decibels (inside their homes), vibrations and light coming from nearby fracking operations by EQT Corporation."