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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Anti-Drilling Group EarthWorks Using Infrared Camera to View Air Pollution at Drilling Sites

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
Peter Dronkers of Earthworks makes invisible air pollution from shale drilling visible to everyone. 
The viewfinder of Dronkers’ special infrared gas-recording camera shows billowing clouds or wispy leaks. 
What appears in the videos as wind-blown plumes of smoke are really pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye. 
Earthworks, a national environmental group based in Washington, D.C., quietly came into Ohio during the summer with its camera to determine if shale drilling, natural gas processing and transportation are fouling the air and sickening Ohio residents. 
The $100,000 optical gas imaging thermographer camera can detect up to 20 different gases that environmentalists say could pose a health threat to those living in Ohio’s Utica Shale, the region in eastern Ohio with natural gas and liquids. 
Earthworks initially posted eight Ohio videos to YouTube. It returned recently to film seven additional Ohio sites that will be posted soon.
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