Texas OGAP sent a letter to Mark Vickery today. Another letter... There is a blog post on EARTHblog that explains everything.
Eight months later, EARTHWORKS' Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project is going to hold a public meeting to review how those new policies are doing. But TCEQ doesn't want to participate.So today EARTHWORKS's Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project sent a letter to Mark Vickery, the executive director of TCEQ. It states in part:
The Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project is troubled that you do not intend to attend the upcoming public meeting in DISH to address the persistent problems with TCEQ's response to odor complaints and health concerns of residents impacted by natural gas drilling and production in the Barnett Shale region.
click HERE to read the rest.
98% of the time, when you call in with an odor complaint, TCEQ finds no violation, even when 40% of the time you tell them the odors are making you sick with ailments ranging from headaches, vomiting and burning eyes to heart palpitations, dizziness and breathing difficulties.
At Texas OGAP, we don't think that's good enough! In fact, we think that stinks! We think the TCEQ 12-hour odor response is broken and we want them to fix it so it is more protective of public health.
That is why we are hosting a Help Fix the TCEQ's Stinky 12-hour Odor Response System public meeting where you will get to speak for 3 minutes about your experience with their response and give your suggestions for how to make it work better.
DISH, Texas Town Hall
5413 Tim Donald Road
DISH, Texas 76247 MAP
October 13, 2010, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
TCEQ - they said no but we think they might change their mind.
Wilma Subra - Confirmed
EPA - Probable
More information coming.
Posted by TXsharon at 5:16 PM