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Air clear at Muskingum County drilling site

By Bob Downing Published: November 2, 2012

From the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency:

The first four months of air quality data collected near a shale gas drilling well shows the air remains clean.

Ohio EPA started collecting data at a gas-drilling site located near The Wilds in Muskingum County in April 2012.

The monitor measures particulate matter (PM) pollution, along with various hydrocarbons associated with gas drilling and methane.

The results of the air monitoring revealed no violations of the federal PM2.5 standards, although concentrations of PM10 exceeded the federal threshold of 150 micrograms per cubic meter on June 8, 2012.

The single exceedance may have been caused by construction of a nearby road that occurred at that time.

Ohio EPA will continue to add more monitoring equipment and monitor air quality at well sites for at least two years.

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