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This Week in “Gasland”

August 20, 2010

Once again, it was a down and dirty week for all of us in North Texas with an emphasis on Frisco, Texas. Land of swimming pools, mansions,shopping meccas, and a lot of lead floating in the air. It was reported by the local media that the air in Frisco is currently full of lead and at toxic levels. WFAA did a great story on this sad truth that has been allowed to exist for several years. We can only hope that the EPA continues to watch this situation very carefully. The TCEQ also needs to “mind the store” on Frisco. Just remember, Frisco is at our northern front door and wind that wind blows from the north this Fall……………………………….

The Dallas Morning News reported that: The plant has been under heightened scrutiny in the past year because monitor readings show that Exide won’t meet new standards for lead, which tightened tenfold to 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter. As those new standards were being implemented, Exide officials proposed expanding production. Federal environmental regulators continue to monitor Exide. Recently the EPA took soil samples from multiple sites on and around the plant. City and state officials are waiting for those results before starting a health risk study for Frisco.

On Sunday night, August 14th, CBS 60 minutes did a in depth story of coal ash and where it goes. Watch this as it is going to be very important to know something about this topic when the EPA will sponsor public hearings on coal plants in Texas. Some may ask, “do we have coal plants in Texas? I thought that was just up north.” Well, we do, but they are not called “coal plants”. Take at look at Source Watch.The hearings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas on September 8th. It’s free and you can register to make comments at the hearing. We will continue to update you on these hearings.

And last but not least, the DFW area ranks #7 in the Top 10 Most Stressful Cities. New York, Chicago, and Detroit ranked less than us. Factors contributing to the stress were, long working hours, limited exercise, and limited health care. We can’t help but think that finding good health care for natural gas well related health issues is hard to come by these days.

Keep cool, stay out of the ozone, see you next week!

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