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!