Air pollution from oil and gas production is costing the American economy around $77 billion annually, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research: Health. The researchers in the study have revealed the adverse effects of methane emitted by the production of oil and gas in the United States.
Diseases And Much More
According to the research findings, the emissions of nitrogen oxide, fine particulate matter, and ozone, originating from the production of oil and gas in the United States were responsible for causing 7,500 additional deaths, 410,000 incidents of asthma attacks, and 2,200 newly diagnosed cases of childhood asthma throughout the country in the year 2016.
$77 Billion Health Cost
The study mentioned that the entire production process of oil and gas is costing $77 billion in annual health costs. The areas where the production takes place were considered more at risk including densely populated cities such as Chicago, New York City and Washington DC.