This is from a regular reader who is quite familiar with oil and gas practices.
Sick bull near low lying area near creek. This is near an Amine Gas Treating Plant in Booger County. There was a “death cloud” of gas in area early on 8/16/09 AM, including H2S, CO2 and other gasses!
The amine gas treating plant in the area is “permitted” to put out, 4 lbs./hour of H2S gas and CO2. CO2 is heavier than air and can also gather in low places and cause suffication. It also can act as a carrier gas and move the H2S into the low places. So the bull may have experienced suffication from CO2 in addition to H2S posioning. This reader monitors/measures the releases of H2S gas in the area and often has to evacuate.
Other toxins released by the plant:
- BTEX compounds from the glycol dehydrators. (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene)
- combustion fumes from the glycol and amine reboilers
UPDATE: While we’re on the topic of toxic releases, don’t miss this post on the new Texas Observer blog, Forrest for the Trees.
Extra! Citgo Toxic Gas Release Worse Than Thought
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