Last night, while DISH residents and animals were sleeping, there was a massive release of toxins into their air.
The TCEQ recently installed a permanent monitoring station in DISH as a response to concern about air quality throughout the Barnett Shale area. The monitor takes hourly air samples and displays the analysis online.
Important points about this air monitoring device:
- It does not monitor any sulfides which cause neurological problems in people and animals.
- It does not monitor H2S which can be lethal.
- It does not monitor methane releases and methane is the most powerful GHG.
Despite TCEQ's attempt to trivialize the level of toxins in Barnett Shale air, recent actions by TCEQ prove they know our air is a concern. Originally, they planned to install the one monitor in DISH then suddenly we learned a permanent monitor was also installed at Eagle Mountain Lake. Now TCEQ plans to install 2 more permanent monitors and hire 6 more inspectors to keep up with the odor complaints.
According to the Denton Record Chronicle, TCEQ is making a huge capital investment in monitoring equipment.
$1 million dollars in equipment alone is quite a bit of cash to monitor toxins if they are of no concern.
TCEQ needs to determine why these releases happen and take steps to prevent them. They need an alarm system on that monitor to warn people when the toxins are this high.
You can check the new monitors online HERE. Warning, it can be habit forming.
NOTE: The ethane released last night was 378.39 ppb. According to Wikipedia, methane, which is 25 times more powerful than C02 as a greenhouse gas, consists of 1% to 6% ethane. So last night's release allowed somewhere between 6 and 37 ppm of methane into the air.