A UCLA study revealing that more than half a million U.S. residents live within close proximity of oil and gas flaring events, exposing them to potentially significant health risks, was the guiding research in a recent post on DeSmog.
Lara Cushing, an author of the study and assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted.
The study, published in the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters in February, found that roughly 530,000 people live within three miles of an oil and gas flare. An estimated 83 percent of flaring occurs in three major basins — the Western Gulf (the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas), the Williston/Bakken in North Dakota, and the Permian basin in West Texas and New Mexico.
Read the full story in DeSmog.