African Americans Face Higher Health Risks from Oil, Gas Pollution

A new report suggests that African Americans face disproportionate health risks than other races due to pollution from oil and gas. The health risks for African Americans caused by environmental pollution from oil and gas are elevated compared to other races, a November 2017 report by the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said. According to the report, more than one million African Americans live within a half mile of existing natural gas facilities, resulting in African American communities facing a higher risk of cancer due to toxic air emissions from natural gas development. “More than one million African Americans live in areas where toxic air pollution from natural gas facilities is so high that the cancer risk due to this industry alone exceeds EPA’s level of concern,” the report found. Citing previous reports by CATF, the most recent […]

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