June 2011

Although they never actually use our Campaign name (maybe because their news division has done its best to ignore it), the Friday editorial makes the same case we do and calls on the state to respond to the desires of local governments to do more to cut toxic and smog-forming VOCs from the gas industry. […]

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Landfill Mining for Kiln Fuel

by jim on June 23, 2011

  How cozy: "Entsorga, a subsidiary of the Tortona, Italy-based Entsorga Italia S.p.A, has proposed to lease 4 acres of the Solid Waste Authority's old landfill property at 870 Grapevine Road for the "waste-to-alternative-fuel" operation. The lease the company proposed is for 20 years, Hogbin said. The fuel produced after the raw waste is separated, shredded, […]

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DFW saw two more ozone violations occur on Wednesday, both at sites that had already tripped once in June. That means that the area has two monitoring sites that are already halfway to the four violations that would render 2011 another official clean air failure. All it takes are four separate eight-hour violations of the […]

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We especially like this reaction from industry: “I reject the notion of widespread or serious pollution,” says Kathryn Klaber, executive director of the producers’ trade group, Marcellus Shale Coalition.”  

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A belated congratulations and thank you to the Argyle Town Council and the Forth Worth City Council, which became the 8th and 9th North Texas cities to vote unanimously in favor of a Fair Share resolution calling for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to include significant cuts of Barnett Shale VOCs in the currently […]

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Maybe They Should Have Aimed for 6-6

by jim on June 15, 2011

Another well-meaning, if empty-calorie, attempt to bring awareness to cleaner air by the regional Powers-That-Be. Unfortunately, our first four violations of the old 1997 ozone standard came on June 6th this year.  Wonder if anyone from COG will show up to testify at the July 14th public hearing on the DFW ozone plan to criticize […]

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Amazing that it’s now up to “secondary”  outlets like the Denton Record-Chronicle to report air quality stories in the DFW area. In the past, both dailies would have had a story previewing the June 8th vote, and then a post-vote reaction piece. But that would require an environmental staff reporter, which neither the S-T nor […]

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That makes an even half dozen in one month’s time, plus the COG resolution, with interruptions for elections and Memorial Day weekend. For comparison’s sake, we didn’t get to six Green Cement resolutions for at least a year. We want to thank everyone who made this frantic run successful. With an average of about two […]

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Today’s vote on the new DFW clean air plan was likely the least ornamental in history. There was very little discussion or context. Of course, when you’re having to repeat a grade, you probably won’t be caught bragging about it. There was a short and technical description of what the plan was by TCEQ staff, […]

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At 1:15 pm today, the TCEQ issued a “LEVEL ORANGE” warning for the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Ozone air pollution levels are rated as UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS based on measurements at the following monitoring site(s)*: Denton Airport South Keller Grapevine Fairway There’s something familiar about those monitor sites. Oh yeah, they’re some of the same […]

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..occurred at Grapevine (91 ppb) and Denton Airport (95ppb) today. They won’t be the last. Read about how they happened in detail here. Update at 10pm: In total, there were four violations today. Beside the two above, there was also Keller   (90) and Pilot Point (87) with Frisco coming in right at 85 ppb.  You […]

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Link Between Global Warming and Smog

by jim on June 3, 2011

The Union of Concerned Scientists provides the first evidence of why air quality planning for ozone violations (like DFW) should also be paying attention to climate change, “Higher ozone levels could trigger 2.8 million additional serious respiratory illnesses and 944,000 extra missed school days in the United States in 2020 that could cost $5.4 billion…. […]

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And once again puts into vivid focus the difference in coverage that the news weeklies give Shale issues versus the Dailies. This is the first stand alone story on our report in any DFW outlet.

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