Domestic oil and gas production responsible for $77 billion in health impacts yearly
A joint study by the Boston University School of Public Health, the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment, PSE Healthy Energy, and the Environmental Defense Fund reveals that domestic oil and gas production in the United States is responsible for approximately $77 billion in health impacts each year. The study highlights the significant health costs associated with air pollution from the oil and gas industry, with Texas being one of the states most affected by these health damages. The research estimated 7,500 deaths and 410,000 asthma attacks annually due to air pollution from the industry. The findings call for comprehensive policies that address the health and climate impacts of the entire production sector, emphasizing the need to reduce combustion emissions and transition to cleaner energy sources.