Join Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project

[Top] A regular still image shows stacks at the Dry Hollow Compressor Station as seen with the naked eye. [Bottom] Optical gas imaging filmed at the same time and place reveals normally invisible air pollution from stacks.

Oil and gas pollution can cause health problems for nearby communities ranging from asthma and nosebleeds to increased risk of cancer. It also releases large volumes of methane, a potent climate pollutant 86 times worse for climate than carbon dioxide.

Do you live near an oil & gas facility and suffer from invisible pollution?

You are not alone. Over 12.6 million people in the United States live within a half mile of oil and gas facilities, a distance within which health impacts have been most clearly correlated by peer-reviewed science.

Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project (CEP) works with communities to protect their health and the climate by making visible normally invisible air pollution from oil and gas facilities. With video evidence in hand, they work side-by-side with impacted residents to pressure regulators and companies to reduce pollution.

Earthworks works together with community members to hold the oil & gas industry responsible for the pollution they produce by making public the video evidence.

Earthworks ITC-certified staff travel the United States and the world exposing oil and gas air pollution using their optical gas imaging cameras. The state-of-the-art OGI cameras make visible 20 normally invisible volatile organic compounds, including the carcinogens benzene and toluene, and methane.

Thanks to generous Earthworks supporters, the staff has been documenting pollution with FLIR GasFinder 320 optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras since 2014. The cameras are the same model used by industry and government agencies to detect leaks and chronic pollution, and Earthworks camera operators receive the same training.

Earthworks’ team of experts uses these videos to file official complaints with state and national regulators, and to help communities do the same. Once regulators respond to their complaints they add them to the map.

Click here to view the interactive map showing locations where filming has occurred in the U.S.

Get help. Click here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to bring Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project to your community.

Watch the webinar!

Using FLIR Cameras to Show Oil & Gas Air Pollution: Seeing is believing!

More Earthworks videos:

Colorado Community Empowerment Project

Garfield County FLIR tour


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