This video was taken a little over 4 weeks ago at the Williams Scenic site. The camera is a Flir and is designed to show emissions that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Around the same time, residents affected by the odors and health issues, called TCEQ. When TCEQ arrived, they got a reading of 53ppm with their TVA gun. The TVA or Toxic Vapor Analyzer is used to monitor hydrocarbons. Anything over 5ppm requires the TCEQ to do a canister test. This site was over 10 times what TCEQ considers dangerous!!! Yet, already some industry people are trying to discredit this video.
High levels of methane were detected at the Scenic site earlier this year when California based Picarro did mapping in the area.
In a previous post from March 5th, some residents complained of odors coming from this a few days before the methane mapping was conducted. In fact, the TCEQ has received odor and health complaints at this site 7 times between January 2010 and June 2010. The total number of complaints for Williams production sites here in Flower Mound is 16 from January 2010 to June 2010. Canister samples were taken 10 times, which means the TVA got an unacceptable reading. There is a serious problem with emissions here and it needs to be addressed.
Williams has had problems with compressor sites in other areas before. Click here.
This little paragraph is from the Williams Barnett Site.
Williams is a trusted name in the natural gas industry. We’re actively and responsibly developing natural gas reserves in North Texas. Our local professionals include environmental, health and safety specialists who are dedicated to helping protect air and water quality.
Okay Williams, it is time for you to put your money where your mouth is. Step up, spend some cash and get vapor recovery and emission control on these sites!!!