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Study uses satellites to count flares near Eagle Ford Shale

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, February 24 2019 Feb 24, 2019 February 24, 2019 8:51 AM February 24, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - Researchers at two California universities are studying the fiery flares that pock-mark drilling sites in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas.

The Victoria Advocate reports that researchers from the University of Southern California and San Francisco State University are using satellites to see how much flaring occurs in the region, in addition to data provided by the oil and gas industry. The researchers have counted 43,887 oil and gas flares in the region from 2012 to 2016.

Now, they want to count pre-term births and babies with low birth weights in the region, compared to the rest of the state.

The study's lead author, Meredith Franklin, says there's a lot of flaring ongoing, even in the downturn. Franklin says there's evidence associating air pollution with pre-term birth and other outcomes.

Information from: The Victoria Advocate, http://www.victoriaadvocate.com

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