An excellent point made by my friend, Kathy Chruscielski, founder of PARCHED:
Take your own advice
Why isn’t the gas-drilling industry leading by example and converting its own “fleet” of engines and waste-hauling trucks to natural gas power?
The industry is actively promoting a shift by public vehicle fleets to natural gas power even though some claim that Barnett Shale gas drilling contributes as much ozone as all of the cars and trucks in the Metroplex.
According to a recent study by Al Armendariz of SMU, emissions in 2009 from just the compressor engines in the Barnett Shale area will be approximately 68 tons per day compared to just 16 tpd from all area airports.
“Clean-burning natural gas” appears to be a significant factor in our ozone air quality non-attainment status. The industry should clean up its own emissions before asking taxpayers to convert public vehicles to natural gas power.
— Kathy Chruscielski, Fort Worth