Sunday at 2:36 pm I called in an odor complaint from the EagleRidge Paddock facility on Jim Crystal Road in Denton, Texas. Using a handheld MiniRAE 3000 we detected volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at 1.1 ppm. We also took a video using a FLIR GasFind camera.
Two people in our party got slight headaches from exposure and I had throat irritation.
The TCEQ did not respond to my complaint until 10:53 am this morning. That is well past the 12-hour response time per TCEQ’s policy for the Barnett Shale. When I inquired about this, the investigator indicated there has been a revision of the 12-hour response time for the Barnett Shale but was unable to articulate exactly what the current response policy is. I have requested a clarification of the policy from TCEQ director, Tony Walker.
Tomorrow the Denton City Council will revisit a zoning change they already voted down while Mayor Burroughs was out of town. When Burroughs returned, it was decided that the zoning change should be resurrected. This zoning change would allow Bob Shelton to build more homes very close to an EagleRidge gas well site.