Thank you EPA!
Increased oil and gas exploration production in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Barnett Shale area has led to an increase in public concerns about the possible air pollution impact on public health of nearby communities.
Recent inspections of oil and gas facilities in the area by the EPA’s enforcement officers using a new innovative tool, the Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR™) camera, have identified numerous emissions of hazardous air pollutants. The camera’s infra-red technology allows enforcement officers to ‘see’ emissions that are otherwise not visible to the human-eye.
As a result of EPA’s inspections, citations were issued by enforcement officers requiring facilities to immediately fix, repair or replace equipment and certify compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA). Air pollutants often escape from poorly maintained or open storage tanks.
They have taken 3 enforcement actions and it’s it interesting that these 3 are repeat offenders:
Enforcement actions have been taken at the the following (3) oil and gas facilities in the DFW area with links to related documents:
- Devon Gas Services L.P. West Johnson County Gas Plant, Godley, TX: Administrative Compliance Order issued 7/22/2010
- Energy Transfer Company Godley Texas Pipeline Company Godley Plant, Godley, TX: Administrative Compliance Order issued 8/24/2010
- Enbridge Pipelines (East Texas) L.P. Trinidad Gas Plant, Trinidad, TX: Administrative Compliance Order issued 8/27/2010
Next up: Our “good neighbors” in Argyle, Flower Mound, Bartonville and DISH