Air & Water Quality
New air study shows no community health concerns from Barnett Shale gas development
A new and important study of the air quality in the Barnett Shale was released by Houston-based ToxStrategies, Inc. This study, published in the peer-reviewed Science of the Total Environment, is the first large-scale evaluation based on extensive measurements of ambient air in a shale gas producing area. The investigators concluded that Barnett Shale gas production activities � including hydraulic fracturing � have not resulted in community-wide exposures to chemicals at levels that would pose health concerns. With the high density of active natural gas wells in the Barnett Shale region, these findings may be useful for understanding potential health risks in other shale play regions.