Does Eagle Ford Drilling Add to Ozone?

Region Exceeds Federal Standards
Does Eagle Ford Drilling Add to Ozone?

Does Eagle Ford Drilling Add to Ozone?

The Alamo Area Council of Governments will hold an executive meeting on Wednesday to discuss ozone levels in South Texas, including what whether drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale plays a role.

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The AACOG is responsible for  planning, information, and coordination activities for the region’s air quality that includes some of the top producing counties in the Eagle Ford.

The Council is concerned that the region historically has trouble staying within the federal standards for ozone this time of year and is proposing that private citizens get involved.

Brenda Williams, AACOG’s interim director of natural resources told that “There are a number of things we all can do to help our air quality. We’re basically asking people to limit outside activities that involve use of fuel.”

Some of the suggestions for people to reduce ground-level ozone are:

  • Ride a bus, bicycle or carpool instead of driving
  • Avoid drive-through lanes
  • Take a sack lunch to work or walk to lunch
  • Drive at moderate speeds to limit car exhausts

Meeting Details

July 22nd at 8:30am
AACOG Al J. Notzon III Board Roo
8700 Tesoro Drive Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78217

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Eagle Ford Task Force Turns to Natural Gas Flaring

Flaring is common when infrastructure isn't adequate
Natural Gas Flare

Gas Flare | Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Task Force is turning its attention to natural gas flaring. Texas set a record for flaring permits earlier in the year and the trend will continue until pipelines and gathering systems catch up with drilling.

In oil producing areas like the Eagle Ford, drilling and first production is reached weeks and sometimes months before pipeline companies get natural gas infrastructure to the area. Oil can be moved with a truck, but natural gas needs pipelines.

Flaring is commonplace in oil producing areas and is very rarely abused. More often than not, flaring lasts only a few days or weeks. It is in the operators best interest to get paid for natural gas they’re producing. [Read more…]