I’m interested in learning more about how this industry affects air and water, where should I go?

In Colorado, COGCC rules are continually reviewed and updated. Additionally several peer reviewed studies have looked at the impact of industry on air and water.

Peer Reviewed Studies Focused on Air:

  • “Pathway Analysis and Risk Assessment for Solids and Fluids Used in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production in Colorado” – Quality Environmental Professional Associates, June 2008
  • “Town of Erie Air Quality Toxicology Assessment” – Pinyon Environmental, 2012
  • “Review of the potential public health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants as a result of the shale gas extraction” – Public Health England, October 2013
  • “Northeastern Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Short-term Ambient Air Sampling Report” – Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), 2011
  • “DISH, Texas Exposure Investigation” – Texas Department of State Health Services (TxDSHS) – May 12, 2010
  • “Air Emissions Case Study Related to Oil and Gas Development in Erie, Colorado” – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, December 2012
  • “Community Health Risk Analysis of Oil and Gas Industry Impacts in Garfield County” – Saccomanno Research Institute & Mesa State College, 2008
  • “Noise, Light, Dust, Volatile Organic Compounds Generated by the Drilling of Horizontal Wells Related to the Well Location Restriction Regarding Occupied Dwelling Structures” – West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Office of Oil and Gas, 2012
  • “The greenhouse impact of unconventional gas for electricity generation” – University of Maryland, Nathan Hultman, Dylan Rebois, Michael Scholten and Christopher Ramig, 2011
  • “Shale gas production: potential versus actual greenhouse gas emissions” – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis O’Sullivan and Sergey Paltsev, November 2012
  • “A commentary on “The greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas in shale formations” by R.W. Howarth, R. Santoro, and Anthony Ingraffea” – Cornell University, Lawrence M. Cathles, Larry Brown, Milton Taam & Andrew Hunter
  • “Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Inventory of Natural Gas Extraction, Delivery and Electricity Production” – National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) & U.S. Department of Energy, 2011
  • “Natural Gas and the Transformation of the U.S. Energy Sector: Electricity” – Joint Institute of Strategic Energy Alliance and National Renewable Energy Labs, 2011

Peer-Reviewed Studies Focused on Water

  • “Pathway Analysis and Risk Assessment for Solids and Fluids Used in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production in Colorado” – Quality Environmental Professional Associates, June 2008
  • “Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development” – University of Texas Austin, 2012
  • “The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling on Rural Drinking Water Supplies” – Pennsylvania State University, 2011

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