The EPA provided a document Friday to the Star-Telegram showing that emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from Barnett Shale natural gas and oil operations helped it decide about Hood and Wise. Hood and Wise “have comparatively high emissions of NOx and VOC” in a 19-county North Texas area, the EPA said.
Regarding Wise County, the document said the proximity of its emissions to air monitors that show violations of federal standards “indicates that this county should be included in the nonattainment area. … The high growth in these emissions is due in large part to growth in emissions from Barnett Shale gas production development, but also due to growth in population.”
Big Gas Mafia says shale gas improves air. EPA says it doesn’t.