Friday, June 25, 2010

Only in Texas...

Would a sentence about a State agency read like this....

State environmental regulators "absolutely" will consider Barnett Shale emissions as part of a new plan to bring North Texas into compliance with federal ozone standards, an official with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Thursday night.

So is it "absolutely" or will consider?

"We are particularly concerned about those emissions in Tarrant County," Hildebrand said. "I'm telling you, we are looking at those monitors. Our plan will look at those sites."

"Are you here to protect the citizens, the people who came out here today, or are you here to protect large corporations?" Tillman asked. "Because frankly, I don't know whose side you're on."

One of the few speakers not critical of the agency was Ed Ireland, executive director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, an industry group. He praised TCEQ for installing air-monitoring systems and encouraged the agency to install more.

He said the air-monitoring sites in Dish and other locations have shown that the air near gas drilling sites is safe.

And let us get this straight, TCEQ is now concerned about the air in Tarrant County but the head of the Energy Education Council is not.  Isn't he paid not to be? 
Read about the TCEQ meeting in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram here.

1 comment:

TXsharon said...

The article in the Morning News, I think, is more colorful and gives a better indication of how the meeting actually went.