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TCEQ conducts air monitoring surveys in response to booming oil, gas industry in Permian Basin

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - Reports measuring hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide now available
ContactBrian McGovern
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TCEQ today published detailed reports of air monitoring surveys of the Permian Basin.

With the growth in oil and gas activity in recent years, the region has seen an increase in reported air emissions events and complaints from residents living in the area.

In response, TCEQ deployed teams equipped with van-mounted air monitors from Austin in December and February to conduct surveys for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). The objectives of the surveys were to measure H2S and SO2 in populated areas of the region and assess potential locations for permanent stationary monitoring sites.

The surveys focused on populated and publicly accessible areas near facilities with a history of emissions events or complaints.

“TCEQ strives to protect our state's public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development,” said Toby Baker, the agency’s executive director. “The Permian air surveys will not only pave the way to make life better for residents and workers of the area, but it will also help the oil and gas industry become more efficient and better stewards of the resources they are extracting.”

Staff from TCEQ’s Midland regional office have been investigating facilities near areas identified in the surveys. In addition, the agency is pursuing plans to site three continuous, stationary air monitors in locations identified from results of the surveys.

Detailed reports on the December and February surveys, including monitoring results, observations, and maps, can be found on the Permian Basin Geological Area webpage.