UPDATED to include Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe’s article. High emission levels recorded outside Dish. Excerpts below
Texas OGAP requested emission testing records from TCEQ. These videos and the investigations confirm that massive amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released into our air from shale oil and gas facilities. Below is a list of videos taken by a GasFindIR Camera in the Barnett Shale area. Find your area then click the link to see the fugitive emissions you are breathing.
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Barnett Shale residents can find videos from your area below. Eagle Ford Shale residents can find videos from your area HERE.
Quicksilver Resources T&P Unit16 B
Cleburne, TX/Johnson County
Crosstex North Texas Gathering Compressor Station 7 B (10 miles south of Cleburne)
Crosstex North Texas Gathering Compressor Station 5 B
Crosstex North Texas Gathering Compressor Station 6 B
ETC Falcon Compressor Station 4 B
ETC Falcon Compressor Station 11 B
ETC Falcon Compressor Station 3 B
Quicksilver Cowtown Gas Processing Plant R 4
Devon W Johnson County Gas Plant 18 B
TCEQ DFW 68
TCEQ DFW 70
Decatur, TX/Wise County
Targa North Texas LP, Bryan Compressor Station 10A
Targa North Texas LP, Bryan Compressor Staton 11 A
Targa Bryan Compressor Station 16A
Targa Bryan Compressor Station 15A
Targa North Texas LP, Bryan Compressor Station 4 A
TCEQ DFW 01
Identified only as “Site 8” between five and 10 miles west of Dish, inspectors with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found more than 30 compounds at elevated levels at 5 p.m. Aug. 26, including all four of the “BTEX” carcinogens, according to documents obtained by the Denton Record-Chronicle.
Specifically, inspectors measured 15 parts per million of benzene, 21 ppm of toluene, 7.4 ppm of ethylbenzene and 20 ppm of xylene.
In their preliminary report, dated Oct. 23, inspectors called attention to troubling levels of emissions downwind from several compression facilities, including a maximum benzene concentration of 1 ppm and hourly average of 0.54 ppm detected at the Targa facility west of Dish. Two other compression facilities were also measured, but not named in the preliminary report.
Houston-based Targa spokesman Joe Bob Perkins said they knew their facility, which is in Wise County, had been selected for monitoring, since residents had complained about noise at the facility in the past. But he questioned the findings, given that they had removed one of the two gas-powered engines there, replaced it with an electric one, and enclosed operations in a building.
Denton, TX/Denton County
Range Production Company, City of Denton Airport 8 B
Devon Energy Justin Compressor Station 16 A
Devon Energy Justin Compressor Station 18 A
Devon Energy Justin Compressor Station 3A
Crosstex Energy Services Justin Devon Plant 17 A
TCEQ DFW 81
Crosstex Energy Services, Justin Plant 2 A
DISH, TX (TCEQ has not yet released the compressor station videos)
“This just keeps getting worse and worse,” Tillman said.
An increasingly vocal critic of the industry, Tillman called for regular monitoring and strict enforcement of state environmental regulations.
“These guys need to get regularly inspected, and fined, otherwise it will never stop,” Tillman said.
Fort Worth, TX/Tarrant County
Crosstex Energy Services Blue Mound Compressor Station 12 A
Crosstex Treating Services Avandale, TX 7 B
Crosstex Treating Services Avandale, TX 5 B
Crosstex Treating Services Avandale, TX 8 B
Crosstex Treating Services Avandale, TX 6 B
Texas Midstream Gas and Process Services, Cottonbelt Compressor Station R 4
Texas Midstream Gas and Process Services, Cottonbelt Compressor Station 12 B
Texas Midstream Gas and Process Services, Cottonbelt Compressor Station 11 B
Chesapeake Energy/Texas Midstream, Cottonbelt Compressor Station 10 B
Weatherford, TX/Parker County
Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP, Kemp Compressor Station 2 A
Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP, Kemp Compressor Station 8 A
Crosstex Energy White Settlement Compressor Station 20 B
Crosstex Energy White Settlement Compressor Station 22 B
TCEQ DFW 33
TCEQ DFW 28
TCEQ DFW 34
TCEQ DFW 09
For information on the GasFindIR camera and a statement about health impacts from Dr. Theo Colborn see: