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References: Neighborhood Oil Drilling

Oil production

Field, R. A., Soltis, J., & Murphy, S. (2014). Air quality concerns of unconventional oil and natural gas production. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 16(5), 954–969.

Toxic exposures from oil drilling:

Particulate Matter

Goodman, P. S., Galatioto, F., Thorpe, N., Namdeo, A. K., Davies, R. J., & Bird, R. N. (2016). Investigating the traffic-related environmental impacts of hydraulic-fracturing (fracking) operations. Environment International, 89–90, 248–260.


Abdullah, K., Malloy, T., Stenstrom, M. K., & Suffet, I. H. (Mel. (2017). Toxicity of acidization fluids used in California oil exploration. Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, 99(1), 78–94.

Stringfellow, W. T., Camarillo, M. K., Domen, J. K., & Shonkoff, S. B. C. (2017). Comparison of chemical-use between hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, and routine oil and gas development. PLoS ONE, 12(4).

Volatile Organic Compounds

Colborn, T., Schultz, K., Herrick, L., & Kwiatkowski, C. (2014). An Exploratory Study of Air Quality Near Natural Gas Operations. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 20(1), 86–105.

Macey, G. P., Breech, R., Chernaik, M., Cox, C., Larson, D., Thomas, D., & Carpenter, D. O. (2014). Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: A community-based exploratory study. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 13(1).

Pétron, G., Frost, G., Miller, B. R., Hirsch, A. I., Montzka, S. A., Karion, A., … Tans, P. (2012). Hydrocarbon emissions characterization in the Colorado Front Range: A pilot study. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 117(4).

Zielinska, B., Campbell, D., & Samburova, V. (2014). Impact of emissions from natural gas production facilities on ambient air quality in the Barnett Shale area: A pilot study. Journal of the Air & Waste …, 64(12), 1369–1383.

Odorant Compounds

Campagna, D., Kathman, S. J., Pierson, R., Inserra, S. G., Phifer, B. L., Middleton, D. C., … White, M. C. (2004). Ambient hydrogen sulfide, total reduced sulfur, and hospital visits for respiratory diseases in northeast Nebraska, 1998-2000. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, 14(2), 180–187.

Marttila, O., Jaakkola, J. J. K., Vilkka, V., Jäppinen, P., & Haahtela, T. (1994). The south karelia air pollution study: The effects of malodorous sulfur compounds from pulp mills on respiratory and other symptoms in children. Environmental Research, 66(2), 152–159.

Reiffenstein, R. J., Hulbert, W. C., & Roth, S. H. (1992). Toxicology of Hydrogen Sulfide. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 32(1), 109–134.

Health Effects of living near oil extraction sites

Balise, V. D., Meng, C.-X., Cornelius-Green, J. N., Kassotis, C. D., Kennedy, R., & Nagel, S. C. (2016). Systematic review of the association between oil and natural gas extraction processes and human reproduction. Fertility and Sterility, 106(4), 795–819.

Bamberger, M., & Oswald, R. E. (2012). Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental & Occupational Health Policy, 22(1), 51–77.

Kassotis, C. D., Klemp, K. C., Vu, D. C., Lin, C. H., Meng, C. X., Besch-Williford, C. L., … Nagel, S. C. (2015). Endocrine-Disrupting Activity of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Adverse Health Outcomes After Prenatal Exposure in Male Mice. Endocrinology, (October), en20151375.

Kponee, K. Z., Chiger, A., Kakulu, I. I., Vorhees, D., & Heiger-Bernays, W. (2015). Petroleum contaminated water and health symptoms: a cross-sectional pilot study in a rural Nigerian community. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 14(1).

Kudabayeva, K. I., Bazargaliev, Y. S., Baspakova, A. M., & Darzhanova, K. B. (2014). Estimation of thyroid volume in children from oil-gas producing areas of West Kazakhstan. European Journal of Physical and Health Education, 6. Retrieved from

Mousa, H. A. L. (2015). Short-term effects of subchronic low-level hydrogen sulfide exposure on oil field workers. Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 20(1), 12–17.

Rabinowitz, P., Slizovskiy, I., Lamers, V., Trufan, S., Holford, T., Dziura, J., … Stowe, M. (2015). Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status: Results of a Household Survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Environmental Health Perspectives, 123(1), 21–26.

Wichmann, F. A., Müller, A., Busi, L. E., Cianni, N., Massolo, L., Schlink, U., … Sly, P. D. (2009). Increased asthma and respiratory symptoms in children exposed to petrochemical pollution. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 123(3), 632–638.

Additional Resources

Public health and safety risks of oil and gas facilities in Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, February 2018.

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