Lon Burnam analyzed the recent TCEQ testing and issued an urgent press release.
TCEQ Report Shows “Dry Gas” a Threat and Existing Gas Well Set-Back Requirements Insufficient
Burnam’s analysis found the emissions were likely underestimated.
…many of the sites monitored by TCEQ were producing and processing less natural gas while sampling occurred than they were during the preceding twelve months.
At some sites the production was as much as 60% lower.
Burnam’s analysis also found that toxic emissions are not confined to “wet gas.”
Thankfully, Burnam calls on the TCEQ to address the neurotoxins found in high quantities and not focus only on the benzene.
Burnam made 4 recommendations:
- Present findings for each toxin that was found to exceed short or long-term screening levels in map form indicating levels and locations for each
- Install new continuous monitors within 3 months
- Complete its review and revise relevant rules to achieve measurable emissions reductions withing 6 months
- End “Find and Fix” by enforcing permit limits and penalizing polluters
The press release includes graphs.