How's the Weather?
from Environmental Health Project
Weather can have an impact on your health, especially if you live near hydraulic fracturing facilities. Take a journey with us through a neighborhood in Southwest Pennsylvania as our scientist explains to residents about air pollution from VOC's, or Volatile Organic Compounds.
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You'll be sure to find this video educational. There is more info online, including our Guidance for Air Monitoring.
Disclaimer note about the model and air emission tables: Actual amounts and content of emissions are hard to come by. To give you an idea of how polluted your air might be depending on your proximity to drilling activity and the weather, we’ve done the following:
EHP has looked at publicly available reports for measurements of emissions. We used data from four sources, “Emissions from Natural Gas Production in the Barnett Shale Area and Opportunities for Cost-Effective Improvements (Armendirez 2009); City of Fort Worth Natural Gas Air Quality Study Final Report, July 13, 2011; the Pennsylvania DEP Inventory of gas activities; and the Railroad Commission of Texas Oil and Gas Well Records.
In the table, all two-digit numbers were rounded down to the nearest “one. ” Numbers over 100 were rounded down to the nearest “25” and numbers over 1,000 were rounded down to the nearest “hundred.”
Keep in mind that the purpose of the model is not to provide quantitative estimates of exposure and risk, but to help residents better understand the potential relationships among local weather, particular sources, and pollutant exposures.