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New Report Reveals Toxic Air Near Natural Gas Operations

July 16, 2011
Volatile compounds released from a compressor station.  Photo courtesy of the E.P.A.

El Cerrito, CA– A new report issued by Global Community Monitor has identified highly unsafe levels of toxic chemicals near homes, playgrounds, schools and community centers in Colorado and New Mexico.

The report, entitled GASSED! Citizen Investigation of Toxic Air Pollution from Natural Gas Development,” details the air sampling results, which pose a public health threat to those living amid the natural gas boom.

A coalition of environmental and community based organizations in Colorado and New Mexico collected samples from nine locations.  The lab detected a total of 22 toxic chemicals in the air samples, including four known carcinogens, as well as toxins known to damage the nervous system. The chemicals ranged from 3 to 3,000 times higher than what is considered safe by state and federal agencies. Sampling was conducted in the San Juan Basin area of Colorado and New Mexico, as well as Garfield County in western Colorado.

Global Community Monitor, founded in 2001, trains and supports communities internationally in the use of environmental monitoring tools to understand and address industrial toxic pollution threats to their health and the environment.

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