Fort Worth Releases Natural Gas Air Quality Study

By Chuck Schechner, Joel Thomas & Ryan Crowe, CBSDFW.COM

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Fort Worth has released its long-awaited air quality report on Barnett Shale natural gas drilling operations.

The twice-delayed report says a number of sites had overall emission rates exceeding regulatory thresholds.   The city-commissioned study reveals benzene and other relatively highly toxictypollutants are emitted from some well sites.

It also found malfunctioning equipment liked caused increased emissions. Five sites had overall emission rates exceeding regulatory thresholds.

The report contains a list of recommendations including vapor recovery units on storage tanks and using electric compressor engines to improve the air.

KRLD’s Chuck Schechner Reports: [audio http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/nyc.podcast.play.it/media/d0/d0/d0/dY/d7/d2/d7/Y727_3.MP3]

Three of the city’s 8 compressor stations exceeded permitted emission levels.  The compressor stations act as pumping stations, running huge gas and diesel engines.  The North Texas Council of Governments has previously asked the state to toughen regulations at the compressor sites.

Fort Worth Councilman Jungus Jordan says he welcomes the report, saying it can only lead to improvement.  “When you know the facts you can do something about solutions. And that’s where we are. We can solve this one. Fort Worth always does. The region always does. DFW always does. We’ll find a solution.”

The study did not find any significant health threats.

You can read the full report below:

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  1. Beverly says:

    Do you have to download that Scribd??? When you click on the link above it is slideshow format and can’t be changed. Moves so fast you can not read it.
    Sounds like to me, if the emissions are higher than EPA allows there is some sort of danger to the public.

  2. Cole Younger says:

    Who cares ……………………………

  3. M says:

    If I read this report correctly, in section 2.0 and 2.1 – There were 8 sites monitored for the Ambiant air monitoring study. If 5 of the 8 sites were exceeding regulatory thresholds, HELLO???? Am I reading this right?

    1. Cole Younger says:

      no body cares about this BS report

      1. M says:

        No one cares about your BS replies. Get a life, troll.

  4. NiteNurse says:

    There is a price we are going to pay for all the money we received from these gas companies. Natural gas drilling in your backyards isn’t without it’s health risks and very few people I know don’t have a gas well within a mile or two and sometime a few feet from their house. Get ready for some health problems folks!

  5. DeWayne says:

    Look the TCEQ and the EPA can regulate the natural gas company’s more and more . this is only going to raise the price on natural gas OH and guess what most of or electric plants run on natural gas thus putting a strain on electric company’s increasing electric coast .the report says replace the gas eng. with electric motors the power for these motors have to be generated some where most likely with a gas eng. at a power plant that produces fossil fuel emissions .

  6. Sandy Miguel says:

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