Sunday at 2:36 pm I called in an odor complaint from the EagleRidge Paddock facility on Jim Crystal Road in Denton, Texas. Using a handheld MiniRAE 3000 we detected volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at 1.1 ppm. We also took a video using a FLIR GasFind camera.
EagleRidge is a chronic abuser. There are two additional videos from this facility HERE and HERE.
Two people in our party got slight headaches from exposure and I had throat irritation.
The TCEQ did not respond to my complaint until 10:53 am this morning. That is well past the 12-hour response time per TCEQ’s policy for the Barnett Shale. When I inquired about this, the investigator indicated there has been a revision of the 12-hour response time for the Barnett Shale but was unable to articulate exactly what the current response policy is. I have requested a clarification of the policy from TCEQ director, Tony Walker.
Tomorrow the Denton City Council will revisit a zoning change they already voted down while Mayor Burroughs was out of town. When Burroughs returned, it was decided that the zoning change should be resurrected. This zoning change would allow Bob Shelton to build more homes very close to an EagleRidge gas well site.
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Cathy McMullen says
I guess this blow Mayor Burrough’s theory that the drilling is only “bad” for a “couple of weeks”.
Why does Denton have the worst air quality in Texas? Oh I see!
All these years of showing videos and test results and studies and people giving personal testimony and he says it’s on bad for a couple of weeks. Astounding.
Yes! Just a few weeks. Of course, says a man who doesn’t live near one.
Let’s see, today it sounds like an airplane is idling behind my house … they’re doing work on the compressor. I went out to see, but not for long, as the diesel fumes from a semi at the tanks are particularly obnoxious today.
Going on year seven.
Jana DeGrand (@janadegrand) says
Almost year 9 here.
I didn’t realize that it’s been that long. Hope your move happens soon.