Does Eagle Ford Drilling Add to Ozone?

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.

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.
— Brenda Williams, AACOG’s Interim Director of Natural Resources

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

Natural Gas Flare
Natural Gas Flare

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.

The task force plans to work with companies to increase the use of natural gas generators on location. On-site generators can power electric machinery and will help limit the amount of flaring.

A main concern for the region is whether or not the Eagle Ford will push the San Antonio Metro Area over the federal limits for ozone standards. The ozone issue alone will have politicians anxious.

Comments from David Porter indicate the TX RRC is going to review its rules to make sure they are relevant in the modern shale era. I suspect there won't be major changes. Even if big changes come, infrastructure in the Eagle Ford will be catching up and flaring won't be near as prevalent by the time any legislation is enacted.