Dirty Energy Harms Families and Communities
Nearly 311,000 children attend 1,118 schools within a half mile of oil and gas facilities, exposing them to methane and toxic pollutants. Overall, more than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live in this danger zone. Pollution from gas extraction and production raises the risk of numerous health issues among Pennsylvania's children, pregnant women, and other populations.
Health Hazards from Gas Impact Everyone
You don’t have to live near a gas well to feel the health impacts of the oil and gas industry. Pollution can travel long distances, compounding existing air quality problems and increasing ozone or smog, resulting in tens of thousands of additional asthma attacks each year.
According to the American Lung Association, air quality in the cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York ranks them among the 25 most polluted in the U.S. Today, more than 236,000 children and 945,000 adults in Pennsylvania have asthma.