Gas has a nasty habit of exploding: It’s responsible for hundreds of deaths and billions in damage in the past decade alone. But it also causes slow-motion health harms, making people who live near wellsites and in homes with gas appliances sick from toxic fumes.
• GAS EXPLODES
Between 2010 and 2020, a gas accident causing major damage, injury, or deaths occurred nearly once every two days. And that doesn’t even count near misses or accidents “behind the meter” – the gas company blames you if your house blows up.
• "BOMB” TRAINS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Transporting supercooled liquified gas by train was prohibited until 2020, when the Trump administration decided fossil fuel industry profits were more important than the lives of people living near rail lines.
• GAS EXTRACTION POISONS COMMUNITIES...
Methane and other harmful pollutants spill into the air, soil and water near drilling sites forcing people to breathe in smog and fumes. This poisoned air is linked to premature births, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other health harms.
• ...AND THE AIR IN YOUR HOME
Even when they’re off, gas stoves leak methane and other toxic chemicals into the air of your home, causing levels of air pollution that would violate the Clean Air Act if measured outdoors. (The EPA doesn’t regulate indoor air quality. Oh well!)