Grab your best comprehension skills, your bullshit detector and your asbestos underpants then read the Denton Record Chronicle article, Air test reveals traces of EDB: Residents want answers after banned pesticide detected near gas wells. All the supporting documents, including the taped confession, will be posted on the ABCAlliance website sometime Sunday. UPDATE: For all supporting documentation see: Alphabet Soup: What ABCA gave the EPA and the DRC about EDB and the TCEQ
Cliff notes version:
- GulfTex representative admits before the Bartonville Town Council to using biocide on the EPA banned docket in their fracking formula.
- GulfTex is granted a permit and they proceed with well completion.
- EDB detected six times in air samples near GulfTex wells in Bartonville and later downstream at Williams’ Argyle Central facility. Four times it was over TCEQ’s safe level for long-term exposure.
- TCEQ says the EDB is from historical soil contamination so there is nothing they can do about it.
- ABCAlliance members remember they have baseline air, water and soil testing from several different locations so they dig those up.
- Baseline testing shows no EDB contamination.
- When DRC reporter calls TCEQ for their statement prior to publishing story they backpedal.
- TCEQ admits their test results might not be accurate, SIX TIMES.
It’s not news to learn that TCEQ air testing is not really accurate, we have long suspected that something was amiss. Given that TCEQ admits their science is deficient, how do we know what’s in the emissions coming from these facilities? If the air testing is not accurate, how can industry say their operations are safe?
Is TCEQ’s Clawson saying that we cannot know for sure what we are breathing LONG-TERM because their science is not good enough? I live here long-term so it’s those numbers that most concern me. The EDB was over the long-term limits.
Or, is TCEQ trying to preempt a scandal?