Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking, which rhymes with cracking) is a technique used to create fractures that extend from the well bore into rock or coal formations. These fractures allow the oil or gas to travel more easily from the rock pores, where the oil or gas is trapped, to the production well. Typically, in order to create fractures a mixture of water, proppants (sand or ceramic beads) and chemicals is pumped into the rock or coal formation.
How could you be effected by gas drilling air emissions?: Reports include incidents of: asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, autoimmune diseases, liver failure, cancer and other ailments such as headaches, nausea, and sleeplessness. These reports are from the following sources of gas pollution. Remember pollution know no boundaries. If you are down wind or in a low lying area these could be in the air you are breathing.
- Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylene (BTEX)
- Carbon Monoxide
- Hydrogen Sulfide
- Natural Gas
- Nitrogen Oxides
- Particulate Matter
- Sulfur Dioxide
- Volatile Organic Compounds
- Source: http://www.earthworksaction.org/aircontaminants.cfm
If you smell any unusual smells. Even a sweet smell. Make a complaint with the TCEQ. They can be reached 24 hours a day. TCEQ has stated publicly that they investigate ALL complaints and will dispatch a field inspector to your door within 12 hours of your complaint. Documentation is a critical first step to obtain the essential data. Your report will enable TCEQ to take enforcement action to stop toxic emissions.
Here's all you need to do.
Step 1- Print out the attached Odor Log and Nuisance Affidavit forms.
Step 2- Fill out the simple forms, to the best of your recollection, immediately after encountering an odor.
Step 3- Call the toll-free TCEQ Complaint Hotline and register your complaint.
Step 4- When a TCEQ agent arrives, request their ID and hand them the forms. Keep copies for your records.
Step 5- Keep a personal record of your experience with the TCEQ for future reference.
Step 6- Repeat as often as necessary.
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