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Wyoming Hydrogen Sulfide Testing 2013-2014

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Purpose of this research

The goal of this research is to collaborative develop with a community organization and organizers a method of detecting and mapping Hydrogen Sulfide a neurotoxic gas, associated with natural gas and oil production. Hydrogen Sulfide is a leading cause of work place injuries in the US. It's recognizable by it's hallmark rotten egg smell. Communities living by industrial operations like oil and gas extraction frequently report smelling this gas and experiencing symptoms of exposure such as dizziness, burning in the nose and throat. At high level of exposure residents report "knock downs" from high levels of the gas which render the exposed conscious. Communities have no affordable means to map this health hazard. While H2S emissions are required to be reported to the Toxic Release Inventory nationally, oil and gas operations are exempt from reporting requirements.