What’s In The Air? Flower Mound Residents Get Some Answers

By Stewart McKenzie, CBS 11 News

FLOWER MOUND (CBSDFW.COM) – Concerns over a cluster of cancer cases in Flower Mound has attracted the attention of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Today, State Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) announced that people living and working around Flower Mound can review data from a new air quality monitoring station.  The station was installed earlier this year near Scenic Drive and Shiloh Road.  Senator Nelson says natural gas wells are in the area.

“This data will support our efforts to study the environmental and health impact of natural gas drilling in our community,” said Nelson in a news release.

Some residents are concerned the drilling for natural gas helped contribute to the cluster of cancer cases.

According to the TCEQ’s website, there are 35 air monitor stations in North Texas.  The monitors provide constant readings and hourly averages of what’s in the air.

Senator Nelson says the stations can detect benzene and nearly four dozen different volatile organic compounds.

For more information about air quality monitoring stations and individual station data in North Texas, click here.


One Comment

  1. Thomas says:

    Just 1 air quality station in Flower Mound when you have a cancer cluster occuring? The residents need to request answers…has no one learned from the past?

  2. chuckZ says:

    One station for Flower Mound. Frisco has Five.

    And why is there no data from 6pm to midnight?
    Seems to me there is a six hour window to dump anything you want into the air.

  3. SDFin says:

    Since gas wells have been going up 1 mile from my house near downtown Fort Worth, I’ve had irritated sinuses, eyes & lungs. I take a photo every time my eyes get so bloodshot the whites almost totally red. I don’t smoke (or anything else) so it has to be something in the air. Granted I live in a drafty house but they get more red when I drive anywhere in town. It gets really bad on windy days.. It’s very painful so I wish I knew what was causing it.

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