These guys are on a roll. Read about the latest gas leak from a Williams facility on Flower Mound Citizens Against Urban Drilling.
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It was detected by a resident. Well, so much for all that "high-tech" leak detection equipment.
:-/ At least someone is vigilant out there, and it isn't Williams Production.
Does anyone else know how to interpret the short term and long term health effects values on the air monitoring table? Hope no one asphyxiated on the 189 ppb of Ethane, or for that matter blew themselves up.
We will all continue to be the unpaid monitors for this industry, perhaps until a group of us sues for unfair labor practices.
How many of us have devoted our lives since their arrival to monitoring their negligent behavior for fear of our family's health and safety? I bet a bunch.
As far as asphyxiation or blowing up from ethane exposure, the TCEQ seems to think 10,000 ppbv in an hour is OK. They say 1,000 ppbv averaged in a lifetime is acceptable as well.
In Allison, we have had reading as high as 31,000; 97,000; 110,000; and 129,000 ppbv in 2010. The TCEQ will twist it to suit their needs. Lifetime exposure to benzene is 1.4 ppbv. So I would gather that lifetime exposure to ethane is 1,000 ppbv. by their own rules.
So what are they doing about the 31,000; 97,000; 110,000; and 129,000 ppbv reading of ethane in Allison? You guessed it. Nothing.