PLEASE NOTE: AP articles are wrong! DISH did not ban drilling. They passed a 90 day moratorium on NEW DRILLING PERMITS until they can update their drilling ordinance.
DISH, Texas is a giant of a tiny town. Tonight they passed a 90 day moratorium on new drilling permits.
Dish imposes gas drilling moratorium
February 8, 2010
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
Dish town leaders commissioned an ambient air quality study last year, which focused on a complex of natural gas compression facilities on the edge of town and found a host of toxic substances at troubling levels. State environmental officials followed that study with a broader look at a variety of production equipment in the Barnett Shale and found many of the same toxic substances.
Chemist Wilma Subra, together with the Oil and Gas Accountability Project and its Texas chapter, followed Dish’s air quality study with a survey that showed many of the health symptoms residents were experiencing could be associated with exposure to toxic substances. Currently, state health officials have conducted biological samplings and are awaiting lab results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The emissions from all the various natural gas infrastructure continue to poison the air in DISH. Mayor Tillman said he is just getting started.