Tonight I figured out why our air is so bad up here in North Texas. At the first DFW state smog meeting in 4 years, Susana Hildebrand, Chief Engineer/Deputy Director, TCEQ asked the following question:
Holy smokes! No wonder our air just keeps getting worse! So I made this diagram for Susana. Someone please make sure she sees it.
From EDF’s analysis:
- The oil and gas industry releases about 42 tons of ozone forming VOC emissions per day in Wise County.
- The oil and gas industry releases about 37 tons of ozone forming VOC emissions per day in Denton County.
- 100 tons of VOC emissions are produced daily from all of the cars and trucks in the nine-county DFW ozone non-attainment area.
42 tons per day from Wise + 37 tons per day from Denton =
79 tons per day of ozone forming VOCs in 2 counties from Barnett Shale drilling.
There, does that help?
Photos from tonight’s meeting:
I’m not sure, but is that guy sitting next to Tammi the same guy who ended up on Runner Susan’s blog last week?
I think Kim has a new boy friend.