The TCEQ has issued 2 more enforcement actions against Aruba Petroleum. Both are for “failure to obtain authorization for facilities which emit air contaminants.”
This is what the Ruggerios and their neighbors deal with on a daily basis.
Notice that you can see the level of condensate in the tanks.
In this video you can see the top of a car parked by the small trailer. That car belongs to the wives of the workers. They brought their babies and came to visit their husbands while all these emissions were boiling out.
t’s Working! TCEQ takes enforcement action against Barnett Shale operator!
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What is the TCEQ doing? Anything to make them stop, or just a call, fine, halt operations? Tim or Christine, can you please let us know what the TCEQ actually did?
My guess is that the action taken by the TCEQ is little to nothing.
Actually, it's a pretty big deal. They determined that they violated the PBR
Violating a PBR is a joke, since the PBR has little or no requirements.
Apparently Aruba thinks it's a pretty big deal because they have fought it. They will get a fine so we'll see.
If they continue to violate their PBR they can loose the permit. The TCEQ is out there almost every day.
Tim Ruggiero says
The TCEQ actually did a pretty good job on the documentation concerning the emissions. Part of their extensive report was a questionaire for Aruba to complete, and it shows (in my opinion) based on Aruba's reposnes that they either a) Don't care or b) are inept. For example, the testing and FLIR video show high levels of emissions of methane and other gas, and Aruba's reposne was that it was "N2 and steam".
We'll soon have the entire report available for your reading pleasure.
Interesting info Tim. TCEQ does not regulate nitrogen or water vapor in the air. That's why the enemy said N2 and water!!! Ha. Ha.
That is so much BS. Wanna spend your life savings in a crooked Texas Court to prove 'em wrong. Give it your best try. Otherwise, just deal with the TCEQ as a method of entertainment–expect no results.