Residents near Colleyville drill site do their own air testing

Star-Telegram | Nicholas Sakelaris

April 24, 2012
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COLLEYVILLE—Rather than take the city’s word for air quality at a fracking site, three homeowners who live near it have shelled out their own money to monitor air emissions.

Early results showed several potential violations of Colleyville’s drilling ordinance and state regulations for short and long-term exposure to toxic chemicals, according to Earthworks, an oil and gas accountability group.

The testing was done at three homes within 1,100 to 1,700 feet of the Titan Operating pad site at 7504 Pleasant Run Road near the border with Southlake. The site is the city's only approval gas well.

Titan conducted hydraulic fracturing operations on seven gas wells there in early February. No pipeline has connected to the site yet, so the wells were capped.

"Titan and the city were allowing fracking to go forward,” said Gordon Aalund, a co-director of Southlake Taxpayers Against Neighborhood Drilling, the same group that sued Southlake to stop drilling in that city. “They weren’t follow the agreement that everyone agreed upon."

The air canisters cost more than $300 and were analyzed by GD Air Testing Inc.

Titan could not immediately be reached for comment.

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