Some have voiced some frustrations with reporting to the TCEQ. Here are a few points about reporting.
Please do not get frustrated with the TCEQ investigators. Many of them are just "information takers" . Some are very knowledgeable and some are not. You may receive phone calls from the TCEQ asking if your complaint was addressed. You may need to give the details more than once. Your patience will be needed. We think the TCEQ is trying to do the right thing.
If they ask any questions about wind or temperature, just try to be as accurate as possible. Example: Say the wind was blowing from the direction of the drilling. That is an acceptable answer.
If they ask who you want to make the complaint against, say who you think is responsible. Even if you do not have proof. They may ask this question but it will ultimately be there job to figure that out.
If you are not satisfied with the report, do not hesitate to call their supervisor. The most important thing is that the report gets filed.
Down the road, the number of complaints may be very important.
After the news of high methane levels in the Barnett Shale air, reporting any odors or health symptoms related to any chemicals around and near gas drilling production sites is important.
The TCEQ has a new 12 hour response policy. Last night there was a complaint made because of odor near the area of 1171 and Scenic Rd. in Flower Mound. If you want the TCEQ to take notice, report anything and everything.
Wima Subra put together a list of health effects from chemicals found near gas drilling. Methane, by itself, does not have an odor but last night it was mentioned that where there is methane, there are usually other chemicals.
Here are the symptoms of methane exposure
- Exposure to high levels of methane gas depletes the oxygen level in the body, causing difficulty in breathing and suffocation.
- If the oxygen level in the body depletes to anything less than 12%, it can cause unconsciousness and also prove to be lethal in some cases.
- Since the levels of oxygen in the body depletes, the body tries to make it up by using the oxygen contained in the bodily fluids. This basically leads to dehydration.
- Nausea and vomiting are also methane gas poisoning symptoms. There are chances that a person can collapse due to the exposure to methane gas.
- Headaches are also caused by methane gas exposure. This sign was also observed in the school in Texas, where a methane gas blast killed about 300 students and faculty members.
- Another symptom of methane gas exposure is heart palpitations. It causes an uncomfortable sensation of the heart beating rapidly, abnormally and out of sequence.
- Due to the depletion of oxygen in the body, methane gas exposure gives rise to cognitive problems. The person is inattentive, has memory loss and also poor judgment. These symptoms aggravate, when the exposure to this gas is more.
- Exposure to methane gas also causes dizziness and blurred vision. This symptom reduces, when the person moves away from the area that is high in methane gas concentration.
- Methane gas exposure also causes lack of motor coordination. Even in the most familiar surroundings, the person will knock around things. There are chances, that the person will drop things he has picked up, more often.
- Some patients of methane gas exposure also display flu like symptoms. The patient may also experience mental uneasiness and lethargy.
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