Toxic emissions from Barnett Shale gas development are not reported to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) because the oil & gas industry has broad exemptions from all our federal environmental laws, as explained in this previous post.
Some firms report drop in toxic release though haze still remains
…according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality documents obtained in an open records request, a single natural gas compression facility can emit 390 tons per year of volatile organic compounds, six times greater than the volatile organic compounds emitted by a cement plant. Recent readings gathered at production facilities by both state and private inspectors show those volatile organic compounds include carcinogens and neurotoxins that are reportable to the inventory.
While other area industries have reduced their toxic releases, our air still deteriorates because gas development is escalating and fouling the air with unreported toxic releases.
This psychopathic industry ignores pleas and demands to implement affordable technology that prevents these toxic emission and better protects human health. They claim there is no proof and endlessly call for more study, a tactic straight from Big Tobacco’s play book while more people become sick. And now we learn that our unborn children’s brains could be damaged from the drilling pollution in our air.
EPA, please intervene in Texas. Require aggregation of drilling emissions and repeal all exemptions to our federal environmental laws.