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EPA to update public on Barnett Shale Emissions Plan

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Dr. Al Armendariz, Region 6 Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will visit the tiny town of DISH in southwestern Denton County tonight at 7:00 p.m., and speak at its regular town meeting. Dr. Armendariz is expected to update attendees on actions that the EPA is taking in regards to air emissions in the Barnett Shale, as well as other projects the EPA is undertaking. He will then field questions from those in attendance.

DISH is located at the epicenter of the Barnett Shale gas play and is home to a megacomplex 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 compressor site operators brought the citizens no relief.

“I am reassured by Dr. Armendariz’s visit and hope that seeing what has happened here with his own eyes will generate some action.” said DISH Mayor Calvin Tillman. Mayor Tillman also said that it will help the citizens of DISH to have lingering questions about water and air quality answered. Recent news that toxins are in DISH residents’ blood and urine and in their water has left even more unanswered questions for citizens throughout the Barnett Shale.

Sharon Wilson, Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project Organizer said, “It’s time to stop studying the toxic emissions in our air and start insisting that industry prevent the emissions and protect our water by employing the best practices in Drill-Right Texas.”

WHAT: Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz will speak and answer questions at DISH Town Meeting.
WHEN: Monday, May 10, 2010, 7:00 PM
WHERE: DISH, Texas Town Hall, 5413 Tim Donald Road, DISH, Texas 76247
WHO: Dr. Al Armendariz, EPA Region VI Administrator

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