Bridlewood Quality of Life Coalition

Bad air quality = Bad quality of life by kim0917

Some of the air quality issues we could be facing in Bridlewood and Flower Mound.  This excerpt came from the Dallas Morning News.  The full article is available here.

Although drillers usually consider the gas too valuable to burn off, they will sometimes vent or burn gas at a site to clean up the well. Texas Railroad Commission rules permit operators to do that for up to 10 days after a new well is finished.

The practice is more common when there aren’t yet transmission lines built to help separate the gas from the water and other materials that come up with it, commission officials say.

However, both burning and venting release compounds into the air, including hydrocarbons, hydrogen sulfide and other volatile organic compounds, according to health officials who have studied drilling emissions.

These compounds are known to aggravate asthma and other breathing difficulties. In higher concentrations, they also can affect the nervous and reproductive systems, or trigger blood disorders and cancer.


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