Report: Oil and gas industry takes toll on children's health

CENTRAL TEXAS - The oil and gas industry could be taking a greater toll on children's health than parents may know, according to a new report by the Clean Air Task Force.

Researchers predict that by 2025, ozone smog will cause 144,000 childhood asthma attacks in Texas unless action is taken in the near future, according to the Texas News Service.

More than nine million tons of methane and other pollutants are released into the air every year by the oil and gas industry, according to the American Lung Association.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued standards to help cut down pollution from established oil and gas facilities in June,

Officials with the American Lung Association said they're working on enforcing those standards as well as setting up best practices for older facilities.

You can find more information on which communities in Texas are most at risk by reading the full report here.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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