Denton and Houston have the worst air in the state of Texas according to this year’s average ozone readings. Sperlings says Denton’s air ranks a 1.8 out of 100 with 100 being the best air. Bad air is tied to all kinds of health concerns (see below) and ozone is now considered a human carcinogen.
Local ozone readings reach high average
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
Published: 03 November 2013 09:45 PM
In mid-October, the World Health Organization declared air pollution a human carcinogen, after a panel of experts reviewed thousands of scientific papers. An individual spending the day outdoors doing intermittent work in ozone at 60-70 ppb could experience injury to lung tissue and other health effects, according to the EPA.
The oil & gas industry is allowed to pollute our air with hazardous air pollutants that harm health and increase ozone. See: Study: Oil & Gas activities significant impact on ambient ozone
You can find some videos that show volatile organic compounds (VOC) leaking and venting from oil & gas equipment near your area here: Barnett Shale: TCEQ Videos Show Fugitive Emissions.
The following are some additional recent videos taken in Denton, Texas by ShaleTest.
Devon Natural Gas Well, John Bradford 2H 3H, Denton, TX
Legend Natural Gas Well, Razor Unit Bonnie Brae Rd 2, Denton, TX
Legend Natural Gas Well Razor Unit Bonnie Brae Rd 1, Denton, TX
For additional information on health impacts see: