Study Details Air Pollution and Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Production in the United States

The May 2023 edition of Environmental Research Health includes an article investigating the contribution of methane emissions from oil and gas production on air quality and health impacts. The study assesses air quality and health impacts “associated with ozone, fine particulate matter, and nitrogen dioxide from the oil and gas sector in the US in 2016,” and compares “the impact with that of the associated methane emissions.” Researchers found “air pollution in 2016 from the oil and gas sector in the US resulted in 410,000 asthma exacerbations, 2,200 new cases of childhood asthma, and 7,500 excess deaths with $77 billion in total health impacts.” 

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