From an analysis by EDF the oil and gas industry releases about 42 tons of VOCs into Wise County air each day and prevention of these emissions is easy and affordable.
Wise County has 42 tons per day of VOCs. That makes Wise County the proud owner of the most unhealthy air in the region.
Wise County has 3998 Active Barnett Shale Natural Gas Wells and a whole lot of really bad air.
I gave up a great deal to move to the country where I thought my children would enjoy clean air and clean living. It was a truly beautiful paradise in 1995 BS (before shale).
Wise County leaders, with the help of industry, influenced the TCEQ to remove the county from the non-attainment list and bragged about it. What have they done since then to keep us off that list and improve our air? Rather then hold industry accountable, our elected officials gave industry a pass to continue polluting our air and endangering our health.
I didn’t take that quietly:
I took this video last March.
A lot of our VOCs are from fugitive emissions and they can be prevented as I mentioned in the oped I wrote for the Wise County Messenger.