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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. https://doi.org/10.1039/C4EM00081A

Toxic exposures from oil drilling:

Particulate Matter

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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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2016.02.002

Acidizing

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02772248.2016.1160285

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). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175344

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10807039.2012.749447

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). https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-069X-13-82

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). https://doi.org/10.1029/2011JD016360

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10962247.2014.954735

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. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.jea.7500313

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. https://doi.org/10.1006/enrs.1994.1051

Reiffenstein, R. J., Hulbert, W. C., & Roth, S. H. (1992). Toxicology of Hydrogen Sulfide. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 32(1), 109–134. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.pa.32.040192.000545

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.07.1099

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. https://doi.org/10.2190/NS.22.1.e

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. https://doi.org/10.1210/en.2015-1375

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). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-015-0073-0

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 http://www.biolmedonline.com/Articles/Vol6_1_2014/BM-017-14_Kudabayeva2.pdf

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12199-014-0415-5

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. https://doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2008.09.052

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2008.09.052

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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