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EIP and 14 Groups: EPA Should Close Loophole Allowing Nearly 400 Oil and Gas Facilities in Six States to Avoid Public Reporting of Millions of Pounds of Toxic Pollution Annually

395 Facilities Identified in CO, LA, ND, PA, TX and WY, Each Emitting over 10,000 Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Per Year

January 30, 2014

According to new data released by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) today, hundreds of large oil and gas facilities in six of the most active oil and gas states—Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming—are emitting a combined 8.5 million tons of toxic chemicals each year.  Joined by thirteen groups, EIP released the data to EPA in support of an October 2012 petition urging the agency to require oil and gas facilities to report to the public Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).  The TRI is a vital resource that provides public information on each facility’s toxic chemicals, along with the amount released to the land, air, and water.  Due to a regulatory loophole, facilities within the oil and gas extraction industry are not required to report to the TRI.  The data submitted to EPA today reinforces EIP’s and the groups’ position that the oil and gas extraction industry is an excellent candidate for addition to the TRI.

For the press release, click here.

For the letter to EPA, click here.

For the Methodology, click here.

For the Data-Summary Level, click here.

For the Data- Expanded Level, click here.

For the Data- Searchable (excel), click here.

For the streaming audio link to the news event, click here. (Available after 3pm EST)

For the 2012 Petition, click here.