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On February 17, 2013, NRDC, Sierra Club, 350.org and partners will be leading the “Forward on Climate” rally in DC to call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and set carbon standards for dirty power plants!
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Natural gas production releases an alphabet soup of pollutants into the air which are bad news for everyone – the family next door, the neighboring towns, and ultimately, communities all over the world feeling the impacts of climate change. This is a new and growing industry, but here’s what we know so far:
Local: Air quality testing in the areas around natural gas wells and processing equipment – in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico - have shown levels of pollutants, such as benzene, xylene, 1,3-butadiene, and other hydrocarbons, that can cause respiratory and neurological impacts and increase the risk of cancer. A recently published study looking at air quality data collected in rural Colorado found that these health risks increased the closer you got to the gas wells. Diesel emissions from heavy machinery and trucks also pollute the air at a local level.
Fracking Fumes: Natural Gas Development Worsens Air Quality
Last year was a winter for the record books in rural Wyoming – not because of snow - but because children were forced to stay indoors to avoid LA-like air quality. The bad air was due to the accumulation of hydrocarbon pollution, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), from the region’s natural gas facilities that interact in the air to form ground-level ozone, commonly referred to as smog. Ozone is a powerful respiratory irritant and is especially dangerous for people with asthma, particularly children. Read more.