Air & Water Quality
ENVIRON Summary of Rice University Study for EDF
Dr. Birnur Guven, Rice University, performed an evaluation of existing ambient monitoring data for the purpose of determining the impacts of Volatile Organic Compound (“VOC”) emissions from oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Barnett Shale on air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth (“DFW”) region.
Prepared for Dr. Ramon Alvarez, Environmental Defense Fund, the analysis was conducted primarily using Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) VOC canister sampling data from nine monitoring sites:
- Boys Club
- Dallas Hinton
- Denton Airport South
- Fort Worth Northwest
- Grapevine Fairway
- Midlothian OFW / Midlothian Tower
Automated Gas Chromatograph (AutoGC) data collected at two of the sites – Dallas Hinton and Fort Worth Northwest – was obtained from EPA and also included in the analysis.