Rep. Burnam’s comments on proposed new TCEQ rules for oil and gas equipment
I wanted to share with you comments Rep. Burnam submitted today on TCEQ’s proposed new rules, revising permits required for oil and gas equipment in Texas. [click here for comments] As described in this article from the Star-Telegram (http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/09/14/2468598/fort-worth-democrats-say-proposed.html), Rep. Burnam feels that the new rules, while a step in the right direction, don’t go far enough to address the problems associated with urban drilling in the Barnett Shale.
Given the intense pressure that TCEQ is under to weaken the proposed rules, I hope you will submit even brief comments asking the TCEQ to strengthen the proposed rules by: 1) not exempting existing equipment (at least in heavily populated areas) from the new rules, 2) strengthening the incentives for producers to lower emissions, and 3) expanding the definition of a “receptor” to include places of work and recreation. You can also simply submit comments in support of Rep. Burnam’s (or anyone else’s) comments. [see sample comments from TREAD]
Please note that comments are due this Friday, October 3.
The rules proposal, including summaries and explanations of provisions, can be found under “Oil and Gas Amendments to Permit by Rule and Repeal of Standard Permit” here: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/rules/prop.html.
To submit comments:
Written comments may be submitted to Michael Parrish, MC 205, Office of Legal Services, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087, or faxed to (512) 239-4808. Electronic comments may be submitted at: http://www5.tceq.state.tx.us/rules/ecomments/. File size restrictions may apply to comments being submitted via the eComments system. All comments should reference Rule Project Number 2010-018-106-PR. The comment period closes September 17, 2010. Copies of the proposed rulemaking can be obtained from the commission’s Web site at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/nav/rules/propose_adopt.html. For further information, please contact Anne Inman at 512-239-1276 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Chief of Staff
State Representative Lon Burnam