Methane mapping revealed extremely high levels of methane at this Williams Production Co. Barnett Shale facility in Flower Mound, Texas.
Methane levels get new check
Researcher visits Barnett Shale natural gas sites
Thursday, March 4, 2010
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
This report includes a well done video
Last night I made an odor complaint on Williams using the TCEQ Complaint Hotline because the odor at this facility was horrible. It was late so most of the people in the neighborhood were probably sleeping while their heating systems drew in outside air that could easily be contaminated.
The TCEQ promptly responded and this morning an investigator went to the site.
Dallas Morning News
Researcher finds methane plumes near natural gas facilities in Barnett Shale counties
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
By PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE
UPDATE: From a scientist who used to work in the industry:
This site is doing some kind of gas processing. The tall cylinders seem to be for drying the gas (absorbing the water that is vapor in the gas stream) The steam appears to be escaping from near a horizontal cylinder that may be a three phase separator. It would have a gas outlet at the top, a liquid hydrocarbon outlet somewhat lower, and a liquid water solution at the bottom. None of these outlets would vent to the atmosphere. So I don’t see why this steam should be vented there. My guess is that the vent, which we can’t see in the video, is venting water vapor from a tank in which the liquid water is at near boiling temperature. This water, I’m pretty sure, is produced water containing all the nasty chemicals in raw gas and fracking fluid that dissolve to some extent in water. Do you know if there is a compressor station nearby? This could be a processing plant where raw gas is processed into sales gas and compressed for injection into a transmission line (around 1000 to 1200 psi).