Whistleblower Letter HERE
The article requires a subscription so here is an excerpt. It should be available in it’s entirety soon.
By J.B. Smith Tribune-Herald staff writer
Tuesday November 2, 2010
A state environmental investigator from Waco is alleging that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has violated its own rules by sending inspectors into the field without adequate training and protection.
In an Oct. 28 letter to state and federal officials, Jeff Kunze alleged that inspectors often are discouraged from wearing respirators at scenes involving hazardous materials, “to avoid alarming those who might observe us.“
This was revealed in some hand written meeting notes obtained through a public information request and posted on this blog. I’ll try to find the link later today.
This is obvious to people who make complaints. It’s not the investigators fault. For the most part, they seem to be making an honest attempt to help people.
The TCEQ has stepped up air monitoring in the last couple of years in the Barnett Shale, a formation that runs from Bosque County to northwest of Fort Worth. As some 12,000 wells have been drilled, some residents in the region have complained of illegal air emissions and inadequate monitoring.
Inspectors found that some wells exceeded federal limits on certain air emissions, but the TCEQ generally has downplayed any threat to human health.