For Immediate Release:
WHAT: Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz will speak and answer questions at DISH Town Meeting.
WHEN: Monday, May 10, 2010, 7:00 PM CST
WHERE: DISH, Texas Town Hall,
5413 Tim Donald Road
DISH, Texas 76247
WHO: Dr. Al Armendariz, EPA Region VI Administrator
DISH, TX — Dr. Al Armendariz will visit the tiny town of DISH on Monday, May 10, 2010, 7:00 PM, and speak at its regular town meeting. Dr. Armendariz is expected to update attendees on actions that the EPA is taking in regards to air emissions in the Barnett Shale, as well as other projects the EPA is undertaking. He will then field questions from those in attendance.
DISH is located at the epicenter of the Barnett Shale gas play and is home to a megacomplex of compressor stations, as well as pipelines, metering stations, gathering lines and gas wells. The town of DISH spent nearly 15% of its annual budget on a comprehensive air study after months of complaints to the state regulatory agencies and the compressor site operators brought the citizens no relief.
“I am reassured by Dr. Armendariz’s visit and hope that seeing what has happened here with his own eyes will generate some action.” said DISH Mayor Calvin Tillman. Mayor Tillman also said that it will help the citizens of DISH to have lingering questions about water and air quality answered. Recent news that toxins are in DISH residents’ blood and urine and in their water has left even more unanswered questions for citizens throughout the Barnett Shale.
Sharon Wilson, Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project Organizer said, “It’s time to stop studying the toxic emissions in our air and start insisting that industry prevent the emissions and protect our water by employing the best practices in Drill-Right Texas.”
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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Tim Ruggiero says
Quite frankly, I'm impatient waiting for the EPA to do something. I agree it's time to stop studying it and take positive action. Is it really question of whethe ror not gas well drilling is polluting our air, land and water? At the very least, it is contibuting greatly to the air quality, and Go d knows how many BILLIONS of gallons of now forever contaminated water they ahve used.
The EPA needs to either get off it's ass and do something, or chnage their name. I would suggest the Environmental Study Agency.
Studying drilling is stalling. Big Oil is spending millions on lobbyists and this is exactly where the 'need' for 'further study' comes from.
The EPA is a government agency. Of the People, for the People. If this particular geoverment agency continues to stall and study and do nothing of any substance, then I predict a day is soon coming where pitchforks and torches will be the order of the day.
Gas companies across some 34 states have been polutting some of the people some of the time. I, for one, will not let it turn into polutting all the people all the time. If we fail to act, when that day comes, it will be far too late, the damage will be done and irreversable.
A known drunk with a history of substance abuse steered the Exxon Valdez more than 5 miles off course and ran the ship aground, spilling millions of gallons of oil. Exxon spentmillions in pretending to clean it up. I say 'pretend' because 19 years later, you can dig a hole right near the shore line less than 2 feet deep and still find oil. It either isn't something that can be cleaned, or Exxon is unwilling to do the job. By the way, Exxon has yet to pay a dime in fines for this act of gross negligence. 300,000 birds, 250 eagles, hundreds of otters, killer whales and other wildlife were killed because Exxon let a drunk drive their ship.
The EPA has now let BP use 'questionable' chemicals, such as surfactants, to be used in the 'clean up' of the gulf. It'll be another month before these idiots figure out a way to stop the millions of gallons of oil pouring out. I'm of the opinion that if the EPA had hammered Exxon 19 years ago, BP would have had at least an emergency contingency plan in place, if not prevented the blowout altogether.
EPA, you need to get your act together-if you don't, my 10 year old will be writing on this blog 19 years from now pointing out the same thing with BP.
DRILL RIGHT, or DON'T DRILL AT ALL. Raise the prices of oil and gas, see if I give a damn.