Senator Davis issued a press release outlining some new safety measures and more accountability for drilling. The release went out last week and I’m just now getting a chance to post about it.
The new measures call for:
- A comprehensive inventory of equipment, pipelines and compressor stations – Well sites don’t require a TCEQ air permit unless they have sour gas. Since most of the gas in the Barnett Shale is sweet–this determination comes from industry so I remain skeptical–drillers aren’t required to get an air permit. Also, the compressor stations are permitted by rule so they often start operating before the PBR is issued
- Six new inspectors for the DFW region
- Standard protocols for inspections and an end to “Find it and Fix it.”
- Re evaluation of “Permit by rule” process
These are all needed improvements and a great step in the right direction. I would like to remind Senator Davis that Texas OGAP provided a best practices guide for legislators to use. Until these practices are in place, industry is still running rough-shod over Texans. Considering the number of permits being issued–20 to 30–each week in Tarrant county alone, a moratorium on new permits until Drill-Right Texas is fully implemented is not unreasonable.
I say “Bravo, Senator Davis!” Those are great first steps. Now, please keep going.