Air & Water Quality
TCEQ Summary of Air Quality Monitoring and Q&A with Representative Lon Burnam
Summary of TCEQ Actions relating to the Barnett Shale
Since 2002, gas producing activity in the Barnett Shale area has experienced significant growth. For several years the TCEQ has pursued improving data regarding emissions from the sources associated with oil and gas production.
Recently, the TCEQ has begun in-depth ambient and source measurement to fully evaluate potential health effects. Numerous TCEQ projects use state-of-the-art science and technology to assess and address emissions from Barnett Shale activities and oil and gas operations in general (i.e., drilling, pipelines, frac sand, saltwater disposal, water usage, compressor stations, flaring, etc.). These initiatives have and will continue to reduce emissions directly as well as result in emissions reductions through improved agency policies, guidance for regulated entities, and possible enforcement if necessary. Various agency activities that relate to the Barnett Shale are briefly described below, with attachments providing detailed information. As additional background information, included in the package are detailed responses to questions from Representative Lon Burnam and the TCEQ’s review of private air quality studies conducted in the Barnett Shale area.