Oil and Gas Threat Map Study
A new study says more than 100-thousand people in Indiana live close enough to oil and gas operations that their health is at risk. The Oil and Gas Threat Map details areas where people live within a half-mile “threat zone” from oil and gas development. It also lists counties with cancer and respiratory health risks that are above standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Paul Billings with the American Lung Association says these residents have cause for concern. In Indiana, the report says there are nearly 74-hundred active oil and gas wells, compressors and processors, with 55 schools and four hospitals within the threat radius of these operations. The report says about 19-thousand asthma attacks every year in Indiana are linked to oil and gas production, and there are nearly 14-thousand lost school days because of it.
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