The Argyle Town Hall Meeting was packed last night despite the horrible weather. Several state agencies were there to give presentations and answer questions. There were quite a few questions they couldn’t answer and others they answered incorrectly.
One thing that was touted by the TECQ’s Regional Director, Tony Walker, was TCEQ’s air quality testing. He mentioned more than once how they use their sense of smell to help with the investigations. That’s not comforting to me especially after remembering Mayor Tillman’s story about the TCEQ inspector who came to DISH one day. While there he admitted that he smelled an odor but his final report conflicted with that. Apparently environmental engineers agree that relying on the smell test does not pass the smell test.
“The odor threshold for benzene is about 8 ppm, which is higher than the OSHA 15-minute short term exposure limit of 5.0 ppm. Therefore, residents’ health is left up to gas well inspectors to identify these problems and get them repaired in a timely manner. Not a very comforting thought.”
I was also amazed that not one of the panel of regulators admitted to knowing anything about the FRAC Act! That is truly astounding!
Sometime soon Denton County should have the presentations and information posted.