Are you being gassed in the Barnett Shale?

by TXsharon on March 9, 2010


Everyday I get many complaints from people who are being gassed by Barnett Shale natural gas facilities near their homes.

  • Make an odor complaint each and every time to smell an odor. Get your neighbors to share in the burden.
  • A TCEQ investigator should come out each time you make a complaint. If they don’t, call their supervisor. So far, the investigators have been great at responding.
  • If their handheld measuring devices detect 5ppm VOCs, they must test with a canister.
  • Make sure to follow up and obtain your testing results. This may require placing a Texas Public Information Request (TPIR) with the TCEQ which is ridiculous but that’s what we have to do for now. TPIR FORM
  • Make sure you send the results to me.
  • Take pictures and video of any visible emissions and send them to me.
  • Don’t forget that you can see IR videos for your area HERE

TCEQ Complaint Hotline: Open for business

Smell gas?

Dear Barnett Shale residents and visitors-

PLEASE take advantage of this EZ way to help clean the air.

If you live in or visit anywhere in the Barnett Shale and encounter an odor you suspect is related to natural gas activity in any way, the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) wants to know about it.

TCEQ has stated publicly that they investigate ALL complaints and will dispatch a field inspector to your door within 12 hours of your complaint. Documentation is a critical first step to obtain the essential data. Your report will enable TCEQ to take enforcement action to stop toxic emissions.

Here’s all you need to do.

Step 1- Print out the attached Odor Log and Nuisance Affidavit forms.

Step 2- Fill out the simple forms, to the best of your recollection, immediately after encountering an odor.

Step 3- Call the toll-free TCEQ Complaint Hotline and register your complaint.


Step 4- When a TCEQ agent arrives, request their ID and hand them the forms. Keep copies for your records.

Step 5- Keep a personal record of your experience with the TCEQ for future reference.

Step 6- Repeat as often as necessary.

Read the TCEQ memorandum announcing the details:


Don Young
P.O. Box 470041
Fort Worth, TX 76147

“God bless Fort Worth, Texas. Help us save some of it.”

A Victory for Barnett Shale Communities!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

scubawithdogs March 10, 2010 at 2:18 am

I do not know what a TPIR is when I searched the TCEQ website nothing came up. I am trying to find results from the Summi canister I collected during fracturing at Rayzor Ranch. If you could give me some direction on where to go I will look there. Thanks


TXsharon March 10, 2010 at 2:59 am

TPIR = Texas Public Information Reguest. It's the same as a FOIA.

Fill out this FORM and you should get an answer within 10 days.


scubawithdogs March 10, 2010 at 3:24 am

OHHHHH now I get it! wear me down and I will go away.
Today was the second time in a week EPA has been at Rayzor Ranch well site with equipment.


TXsharon March 10, 2010 at 3:33 am

What the heck? What was going on?


scubawithdogs March 10, 2010 at 4:09 am

I think the EPA liked my videos of the flaring. I told them it was non-fiction but they must have wanted to see for themselves.
Range is getting ready to put in pipeline to I-35 also and I have made sure EPA know how close pipeline is to Select Rehab hospital and water sources.


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