Toward Consistent Methodology to Quantify Populations in Proximity to Oil and Gas Development: A National Spatial Analysis and Review

Conclusions: The well inventory guidelines we present provide an improved methodology for hydrocarbon proximity studies by acknowledging the importance of both conventional and unconventional well counts as well as the relative exposure risks associated with different primary production categories (e.g., oil, wet gas, dry gas) and developmental stages of wells. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1535 Received: 21 December 2016 Revised: 30 May 2017 Accepted: 05 June 2017 Published: 23 August 2017 Address correspondence to S.B.C. Shonkoff, 1440 Broadway, Suite 205, Oakland, CA 94612 USA. Phone: (510) 899-9706. Email: sshonkoff@psehealthyenergy.org Supplemental Material is available online (https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1535). E.D.C., R.L.S., and S.B.C.S. are employees of PSE Healthy Energy, a multidisciplinary scientific research institute funded by private and public financial resources that supports the adoption of evidence-based energy policies. E.D.C. was an employee of GZA Geoenvironmental, Inc. within the last 3 y as a scientist, and during her tenure in that position she performed work for the client SWEPI LP, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell. S.B.C.S. has served as an expert witness in oil and gas matters. The other author declares she has no actual or potential competing financial interests. Note to readers with disabilities: EHP strives to ensure that all journal content is accessible to all readers. However, some figures and Supplemental Material published in&...
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