The new TCEQ rules are a start but they don’t go far enough because the existing wells are grandfathered in under the old permit by rule. That means the 14,000 gas wells in the Barnett Shale that are fouling our air daily will continue to foul our air. This is unacceptable.
Texas proposes new rules for shale gas drilling
Randy Loftis, DMN, provides more information.
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They can feel the heat. So, they're making a statement. Like you said, Sharon, this is totally unacceptable. It says something about 2013…well, could it be any less "urgent"?
Just like the WCEQ–heppin' the boys out!! Let them do what ever they want to and fool the peasants out there who are living on the land!!
Sooooo; supposing that the installed monitors are adequate, placed in locations that might actually measure emissions every single day (as opposed to industry notified acceptable days), and subject to nonarbitrarily adjusted emissions standards what is the TCEQ going to say if (or should I say when?) the long term levels for pollutants are hazardous? "Oops? So sorry that Texans are turning as blue as Smurfs?"
Where are we going to find and elect leaders that will promote the jobs that will be created by installing pollution control measures? It would be so inspiring to see industry really working to improve instead of working to 'beat the system.'