Kitchen Pollutants Study

What is in natural gas besides methane? Volunteer to help us answer this question!

We have concluded our U.S. sampling!

We have now finished sampling in the United States and will be releasing our results in the coming months. If you are a participant looking for more information, you can contact our team at

Looking for the Australia study? If you are trying to read about or register for the Australian sampling campaign, click the button below.

Australia Webpage and registration

About the Study

Much is still unknown about the health impacts of using natural gas in our homes. The Kitchen Pollutants Study aims to improve our understanding of the relationship between indoor air quality and human health and the potential health hazards of unburned natural gas.

By signing up to participate (see above), you will help us answer the question: What is in natural gas besides methane? In the current phase of the project, researchers are focused on the chemical makeup of natural gas, including concentrations of dozens of health-damaging air pollutants. PSE Healthy Energy’s staff scientists will take direct samples from volunteers’ homes to quantify these pollutants. We are currently collecting samples in Calgary, AB. 

Our natural gas sampling procedure involves us taking a sample of unburned gas from kitchen stoves (see photo). We will connect a hose to the stove and collect a sample of gas in a canister to send to a contracted lab for analysis. No damage or modifications will be done to the stove during this process. We are seeking residents and community groups to sample their stoves across these cities.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this project please email us at or call/text us at 510-263-6189.