New well linked to new smell in Wise County
Benzene was found at 3.3 ppb which is 10 times the normal level for this area.
Dr Martin Smith, a nationally recognized benzene expert, says he starts to become worried when the sees levels that are 10 times the ambient level.
The TCEQ was on the case and as per usual…
No violation found.
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Just like the WCEQ–can't see anything, smell anything, or hear anything! Deal with them for entertainment ONLY–expect no results.
How can they see anything? Their heads are stuffed so far up the butts of the operators, I'm surprised they are even showing up on site.
Tim Ruggiero says
Who is the operator on this site? I guess they don't care, since they don't have to live with it. And, as long as it's not illegal, then our 'Good Neighbirs' will continue to say "We're working within the law". If the equipment truly is broken, and not just sloppy workmanship, like we see on so many sites, then this just goes to show there are no inspections, and once again, the TCEQ is powerless and unwilling to do anything about it. Maybe we should tear it down and see if the operator notcies that.
Kathy Chruscielski says
This is a PARKER COUNTY story, but I guess the big city news editors don't distinguish between rural counties.
The gas drilling operator is no small time outfit – it is XTO. The company responsible for a pipeline leak that killed 300 trees near Brock.
The reporting was confusing about which county.