It’s well known that natural gas extraction is causing ozone problems in Wyoming. That’s why the EPA Chief toured Wyoming this week.
The Wyoming ozone occurs in the winter and didn’t become a problem until intense oil and gas development hit the vast sagebrush area south of Pinedale.
Conditions in Wyoming are improving because the problem was identified and measures were taken by operators to reduce emissions. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in N. Texas where smog producing emissions from natural gas production are more than all the vehicles and airports combined according to a peer reviewed study by Dr. Armendariz.
Dr. Armandariz’s study was disputed by Ed Ireland who is an economist NOT a scientist and who publishes the Barnett Shale Energy EdUkaShUn Council (addressed HERE) and by Texas Oil and Gas Association. You can read Armandariz’s response to the TOGA HERE. Excerpt:
Frankly, I have doubts that the Texas Oil and Gas Association took the time to carefully read the report. The unsophisticated level of understanding, sophomoric statements, and errors of fact are even more numerous and glaring than I would have expected from one of our state’s regulatory agencies.