Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fort Worth City Leaders Looking for Answers About Toxic Air Quality From Gas Drilling

Tonight Fort Worth City leaders were looking for some information and answers from the TCEQ. Unfortunately, it appears the agency sent someone unfamiliar with the issues Fort Worth and many other towns in North Texas are facing when it comes to air quality and toxins in the Barnett Shale area.
Read the NBC 5 report from the Fort Worth Town Council meeting

The administrator, Keith Sheedy, had no information to share about air quality and provided only a general overview of the state agency’s work.

Sheedy, from Austin, also could not answer the council’s basic questions about whether drilling in the Barnett Shale is releasing potentially harmful chemicals into the air, including benzene.

The following paragraphs from the report make the most sense since it appears the TCEQ might not have a clue on what is really happening here in North Texas and gas drilling in the Barnett Shale.

Meanwhile, some environmental groups are calling for a moratorium on new natural-gas drilling.

"Increasing numbers of people are saying, ‘Let's call a halt to this until we can figure out what's going on with the air quality.’”

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