Study finds living near oil, gas wells increases air pollution exposure

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Oct 19, 2021, 04:00AM ISTSource: ANI

Stanford researchers have observed higher levels of air pollutants within 2.5 miles of oil and gas wells, likely worsening negative health outcomes for residents. The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Science of The Total Environment'. The scientists analysed local air quality measurements in combination with atmospheric data and found that oil and gas wells are emitting toxic particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, ozone and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The findings will help researchers determine how proximity to oil and gas wells may increase the risk of adverse health outcomes, including preterm birth, asthma and heart disease.

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