Readings of Permanent Air Monitor Installed by TCEQ Questioned

DISH, TX — A permanent air monitor installed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in DISH, TX near a massive natural gas
compressor complex, is giving inaccurate readings. The Town of DISH
contracted independent testing near the permanent monitor, and the
independent testing showed level of the carcinogen benzene at triple the
levels detected by the state’s permanent monitor. For the carcinogen
toluene the levels detected during the independent testing were 50 times 
the monitor’s detections. Additionally, there were several other chemicals
detected that the permanent monitor does not sample for.

DISH is located in the epicenter of the Barnett Shale gas play and is home
to a mega-complex of compressor stations, as well as pipelines, metering
stations, gathering lines and gas wells. The town of DISH spent nearly 
15% of its annual budget on a comprehensive air study after months of 
complaints to the state regulatory agencies and the operators of the compressor sites gave the citizens no relief.

DISH mayor Calvin Tillman says that “we really thought our air quality was
improving, this is devastating to find this information is inaccurate. 
The TCEQ permitted this facility, and they have no idea how to clean it up to 
to protect public health. It is also very disappointing that the State of
Texas has spent a million dollars on equipment that is not accurate”.

The monitor has been running since mid April and has detected no major
problems with the air quality in the community. It is unclear whether the
monitor is not capable of producing accurate results, or if the results 
are being manipulated. The TCEQ has not given the Town of DISH any explanation for the false readings, or any plans to protect the health of the citizens of DISH.

For More Information Contact
* Calvin Tillman, Mayor, DISH, TX
(940) 453-3640

* Town of DISH
5413 Tim Donald Road
DISH, Texas 76247

Link to story in Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Video Link of testimony before EPA:


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    You’re invited to our upcoming forums. Calvin Tillman will be on the panels. The first forum in Denton is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21st and the second forum in Flower Mound is scheduled for Wednesday October 6th.

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