I spoke with Kijun at TCEQ today and he said the handheld registered 1,229 ppm Volatile Organic Compounds (ACL 1108073 of 8/18/11). The investigator also had health effects of a sore throat and burning eyes. I told him if I was his mamma I’d make get a BTEX test.
I believe it was Chesapeake that once said that there is less than half of a percent in the Barnett Shale mix of benzene. But take the math to what the TVA readings had, and we may be looking at this emission event being over 11 times the short term TCEQ Benzene ESL (effect screening level).
Based on ERG’s Ft Worth air study statement that “2% of Ft Worth drill site emissions are HAP’s (Hazardous Air Pollution)”, then yesterday the Dalworthington Gardens HAP emissions were around 24,580 ppb.
No call was made to 911 in DWG, I’ll check Arlington dispatch records.
The DWG resident wrote an hour later to me that she was still sick….”Today when I drove by the pumping station, the fumes were over whelming. It made my head swim, my stomach sick, and eyes water. It stunk like hell too. I have been very sick with health problems ever since the start of drilling gas wells in my area. I would like to know when you (TCEQ) are going to clean up our air. I know a lot of others that are sick. …… It’s 12:48 pm now, I still feel sick from driving close to the pressure pumping station. now I have a bad headache. ………….. I never had any kind of allergies till the gas wells showed up.” Later Betty wrote me…“I’m going to put up a sign on the road close to campo verde. Most people don’t know there is a gas plant down there. My head still, feels foggy today, Can’t think too good. My eyes are still watering today. I didn’t get out of the house much yesterday because I feel so bad”. Betty
The suma canister results of both investigations found no violations or nuisance.