against a Barnett Shale operator!
Last December, Barnett Shale Texans were given an early Christmas present when the state responded to the DISH health survey with an important new emission policy. After years of emission problems and inaction from regulators, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued an important change in emission policy for the Barnett Shale. The TCEQ Complaint Hot line has been open for business since and investigators have responded to about 150 complaints.
Christine Ruggiero said she got angry when the TCEQ investigator handed her the odor log form. She thought it would be a waste of her time but I encouraged her to stick with it. Her diligence in filling out the odor log and using the odor complaint hotline has paid off!
TCEQ has taken enforcement action against Aruba Petroleum. This action is likely the first enforcement action in the Barnett Shale since the new policy took effect.
Yesterday I received this text message from Christine:
Just got home and the TCEQ is out there on the road with the camera.
It wasn’t Christine who called with an odor complaint this time. This time the neighbors called!
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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"Failure to prevent the discharge from any source whatsoever one or more air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration, as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation, or property." —- yeah, no need to worry your little heads over the HUMAN life!!!! Enforcement action got your profit margins down? Call 1-800-EAT-THIS ext. ARUBA. I'm sorry all operators are busy helping other depressed ARUBA executives, your call will be answered in the order of how much benzene you release into the atmosphere. To talk to Chairman Carrillo directly please dial 1 now…., we're sorry, Chairman Carrillo is no longer employed at the TRRC, please check the local Diary Queen, we last saw him on the soft serve machine.
Enforcement action–I think it's just a dream! I haven't ever seen any action out of the WCEQ in Big Booger!! Hope you have better luck.