Tools

TOOLS FOR JOURNALISTS:

Resources for journalists who report on fracking.

TOOLS FOR RESIDENTS: 

Who to call when things go wrong: Information for the Barnett Shale and the Eagle Ford Shale.

BARNETT SHALE:

FIND TCEQ FUGITIVE EMISSIONS VIDEOS TAKEN IN YOUR AREA

National Response Center 800-424-8802 or 202-267-2675 or

The National Response Center (NRC) is the sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills. If you have a spill to report, contact us via our toll-free number or check out our Web Site for additional information on reporting requirements and procedures. For those without 800 access, please contact us at 202.267.2675. The NRC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

EPA “Eyes on Drilling” Tip Line 877-919-4372 or email eyesondrilling@epa.gov (Yes, this is the number to Region 3 but this is the number you call to report dumping and other suspicious hauling or disposal activity. They will forward your complaint to Region 6.)

Ooh that smell! TCEQ Complaint Hotline: Open for business  1-888-777-3186  and this is A Victory for Barnett Shale Communities!

PLEASE take advantage of this EZ way to help clean the air.If you live in or visit anywhere in the Barnett Shale and encounter an odor you suspect is related to natural gas activity in any way, the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) wants to know about it.

TCEQ has stated publicly that they investigate ALL complaints and will dispatch a field inspector to your door within 12 hours of your complaint. Documentation is a critical first step to obtain the essential data. Your report will enable TCEQ to take enforcement action to stop toxic emissions.

Here’s all you need to do.

Step 1- Print out the attached Odor Log and Nuisance Affidavit forms.

Step 2- Fill out the simple forms, to the best of your recollection, immediately after encountering an odor.

Step 3- Call the toll-free TCEQ Complaint Hotline and register your complaint.

1-888-777-3186

Step 4- When a TCEQ agent arrives, request their ID and hand them the forms. Keep copies for your records.

Step 5- Keep a personal record of your experience with the TCEQ for future reference.

Step 6- Repeat as often as necessary.

Read the TCEQ memorandum announcing the details

Unfortunately, you will need to submit a Public Information Request (PIR) or Open Records Request to get the results. You can do that HERE.

Communities and individuals who follow the steps to obtain documentation have gotten some results.

Texas Railroad Commission

24 Hour Accident Reporting Emergency Number  (512) 463-6788, Complaint Hotline  877-228-5740 (option 5)

Texas Railroad Commission regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas and also regulates oil field injection, disposal wells and waste disposal, contamination of private water wells.

The Railroad Commission does not have jurisdiction over roads, traffic, noise, odors, leases, pipeline easements, or royalty payments.

Most of the Barnett Shale falls under District 9
Wichita Falls – District 9 (map)
(940) 723-2153
5800 Kell Blvd, 7631

EAGLE FORD SHALE:

See the National Response Center Information above.

See the Eyes on EPA information above.

Texas Railroad Commission – 24 Hour Accident Reporting Emergency Number  (512) 463-6788, Complaint Hotline  877-228-5740 (option 5)

Texas Railroad Commission regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas and also regulates oil field injection, disposal wells and waste disposal, contamination of private water wells.

The Railroad Commission does not have jurisdiction over roads, traffic, noise, odors, leases, pipeline easements, or royalty payments.

Call the Texas Railroad Commission district office for your county:

Look up your county contact information here or download a list of Eagle Ford Shale county contacts here (only counties with active permits as of 6/1/11 are listed)

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality TCEQ – Complaint Line  888-777-3186

The TCEQ investigates Nuisance Odor Complaints and Concerns about public water supply.

Call the TCEQ regional office for your county. Find your county TCEQ contact information here or download a list of Eagle Ford Shale county contacts here (only counties with active permits as of 6/1/11 are listed