Permitted to Pollute is an unprecedented study of how state regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations, authorized by the Clean Air Act to protect air quality and public health, in some cases actually undermines both.
This report examines the inherent tension between industrial development, and public health and environmental protection, in the context of the shale gas boom in southwestern Pennsylvania. It focuses on three natural gas compression and processing facilities that have grown considerably in a relatively short time. We selected these facilities because of local residents’ growing concerns about the pace of development and negative changes to their quality of life. In addition, initial research gave rise to questions about the adequacy and logic of how they have been regulated.