As part of efforts to do everything within its authority to protect resident’s health and safety, the Town of Erie engaged in an independent, peer-reviewed Analysis and Health Impact of Propane Levels of the NOAA data to
determine what (if any) health effects would result from exposures to the levels of propane as presented. The scientific analysis of the data concludes that: “The levels of Propane in the NOAA study are 1,000 – fold or more below those considered to be of a health concern.” The average level of Propane as presented by NOAA was 20 ppb (parts per billion) and the maximum level was 115 ppb. According to the analysis: “Propane at 115 ppb (the peak level found) does not present a health concern to the citizens of the Town of Erie.”
It should be noted that the scope of the analysis was not intended to address the longer term policy of permitting oil & gas activities. Despite the conclusion that Propane levels pose no immediate public health threat, the Town of Erie remains committed to seeking opportunities for the full recovery of Volatile Organic Compounds released during oil & gas operations within Erie.
The findings of the NOAA data analysis include but are not limited to:
• A limited review of studies for instances of propane poisoning revealed mainly two types of
scenarios, accidental exposure in enclosed environments and accidental overdose during
recreational intentional self-exposure similar to “huffing” or taking drugs.
• Studies were not found where propane levels in the ambient air were confirmed as a cause of
• The levels of Propane presented in the NOAA study are a 1000-fold or more below those
considered to be of health concern.
Scientific Analysis and Health Impact of Propane Report
Scientific Analysis and Health Impact of Propane Summary