Community Empowerment Project
The Community Empowerment Project is a powerful tool that enables communities to use the best available technology to expose toxic fracking air pollution.
Thanks to generous Earthworks supporters, we were able to purchase a FLIR GasFinder 320 camera, the same kind used by industry and government agencies to detect leaks and chronic pollution. We're putting this technology in the hands of people impacted by oil and gas development so they can use it to protect themselves -- and do the job government should be doing, but isn't.
Community Empowerment Infrared Video Map
Why Communities Need Evidence
Oil and gas development's air pollution can cause health problems for communities living nearby.
But the energy industry claims there is no proof, and often gets away with it because the pollution is invisible.
The Community Empowerment Project brings communities the tools they need to provide compelling proof of what they're living with.
The FLIR GF320 camera, operated by our ITC-certified thermographers, provides infrared video evidence of air pollution from during oil and gas activities. The GF320 makes visible 20 normally invisible volatile organic compounds, including benzene (a carcinogen) and methane (a potent climate pollutant).
See the pollution for yourself using the map above or video playlist to the right.
Bring CEP to Your Community
Earthworks is proud to bring industry-leading technology to communities facing oil and gas development and related infrastructure.
If you are interested in bringing Earthworks Community Empowerment Project to your community please fill out this form and we will contact you shortly to follow-up.
Support the Community Empowerment Project
Thanks to our generous supporters, Earthworks is often able to provide our services at no cost to the community. Help frontline communities collect the data they need to protect themselves from air pollution caused by oil and gas operations.
Donate now to put people in control of fracking pollution.
For more information:
- FLIR FLIR Gasfinder 320
- Earthworks Fact Sheet on the FLIR Gasfinder 320 Camera
- Earthworks Community air monitoring of oil and gas pollution: a survey of issues and technologies
- Take Action: Tell EPA to protect communities from fracking pollution!
- View the infrared videos on YouTube