Fracking’s Link to Smog Worries Texas Cities
By Dave Fehling, KUHF and StatImpact Texas
Oil and gas production has soared in Texas since the introduction of the mining technique called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” But the boom in production has some complaining about an increase in air pollution, as well. For StateImpact Texas, Dave Fehling reports.
Drilling companies have been sinking natural gas wells in North Texas by the hundreds, now making Tarrant County the state’s number-one producer of natural gas. But drilling is also producing air pollution, as toxic vapors escape from leaky valves and vents left open on storage tanks.
“We absolutely recognize the huge impact that this is having – a negative impact – on our air quality,” says Democratic State Rep. Lon Burnham from Fort Worth. “It’s just adding to an existing problem.”
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StateImpact Texas is an energy and environment reporting project with KUT, KUHF and NPR.