Study claims Barnett Shale emissions staggering
By DAVID SCHECHTER / WFAA-TV Channel 8
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A new study finds pollution from Barnett Shale is equal to all of the vehicle emissions in North Texas.
The oil and gas industry disputes the numbers, but it could be a blow to the region’s efforts to clean up the air.
Dr. Armendariz addresses the industry’s questions:
Barnett Shale Air Quality: Errors and Misstatements by Texas Oil & Gas Association
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According to his findings, Barnett Shale emissions had the potential to cause more smog than all the cars on the road in North Texas or all the region’s airports.
He also found amounts of greenhouse gases equivalent to “two very large coal-fired power plants.”
In his response, Armendariz said:
The unsophisticated level of understanding, sophomoric statements, and errors of fact are even more numerous and glaring than I would have expected from one of our state’s regulatory agencies.
Here is a perfect example of “unsophisticated level of understanding and sophomoric…” from the WFAA story:
Ed Ireland, with the Barnett Shale trade group, said the research incorrectly assumed the wells emit more pollution than they actually do and that prevailing winds actually blow pollution away from the D-FW area.
DUDE! That’s just really pathetic! It’s STILL IN THE ATMOSPHERE not to mention the poor people downwind. Oh yeah, that’s ME!
The bottom line is they are not going to include oil & gas emissions in the current clean air plan. Oh brother!
Graphic: Lori Thomson, One Smart Canary
UPDATE the commenter, Don Lokke, owns a public relations firm and he represents Big Oil. Too bad Big Oil would rather pay all these PR firms to dish out propaganda than do things right. A much smarter business decision would be to do it right in the first place.