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Fumes Across the Fence-Line: The Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Oil & Gas Facilities on African American Communities


The oil and gas industry dumps 9 million tons of methane and toxic pollutants like benzene into out air each year. Methane is a greenhouse gas 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide at driving climate change and the oil and gas industry is now the largest source of methane pollution in the U.S. But methane is just one harmful air pollutant from the oil and gas industry. This paper sheds light on the health impacts or air pollutants from the oil and gas facilities that specifically threaten the health of African American communities living near oil and gas facilities and in areas far from oil and gas production.

Resource Type
Lesley Fleischman Marcus Franklin
Resource URL
November 2017
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Clean Air Task Force
Organization Type
Health and Human Impacts
Cardiovascular disease Respiratory disease
Climate and Environmental Impact
Air pollution
Emission Sources
Conventional energy Energy Conventional
Climate and environmental justice/health equity

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