This is breaking news!
The results of an Ambient Air Monitoring Analysis contracted by Mayor Calvin Tillman show “amazing and very high levels” of toxins.
DISH, Texas, a tiny community in Denton County, is the epicenter of Barnett Shale drilling development.
The study is available HERE but it’s a large file and takes a while to download.
An assessment of the results from an award-winning scientists will be available later today. Wilma Subra, MacAuthur (Genius) Award winner evaluated the study. Please read the entire evaluation to understand the seriousness of the findings that reveal “amazing and very high levels” of known and suspected human carcinogens and neurotoxins. Here are a few highlights:
9203 Chisum – The concentration of Benzene in the air exceeded the Long-term ESL by 8.7 times the standard. Carbon Disulfide was present in a concentration that exceeded the Short-term (10.7 times) and Long-term (107 times) ESLs.
Air Field – corner SE – The concentration of Benzene in the air exceeded the Short-term ESL by 1.45 times and the Long-term ESL by 55 times the standard.
Acute impacts to health will occur with these concentrations of chemicals in the air. The cancer and neurotoxins will also have an impact over the long term.
Mayor Tillman tried every avenue available with state agencies–TCEQ and TRC–and with direct appeals to industry, but they continually found no problem with DISH air quality. Read this post and follow the links for accounts of state and industry negligence and malpractice.
It’s time for the EPA to intervene in Texas!
For more information, contact:
Mayor, DISH, TX
Please note: DISH, TX is in the middle of the D/FW Metroplex. Measurements from other areas in the Barnett Shale reveal the same chemicals.
The DISH study can be compared to any area in the Barnett Shale with drilling activity. The same chemicals will be present.
Other blogs and media sources that picked this up:
Fort Worth Weekly’s Blotch: Just Because It Looks Beautiful Outside…
Star-Telegram: Study shows high level of potentially toxic air pollution in DISH
Star-Telegraph Blog: S.O.S
This post was updated.