April 28, 2016
The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association.
Environment Texas’ latest missive about air quality is misleading, inaccurate and without context. Oil and natural gas companies are in the business of protecting the environment and producing, transporting and processing natural resources to sell in the marketplace. The report’s central premise is wrong in its claim that operators routinely release their product into the air on purpose. Oil and gas companies in Texas must comply with comprehensive air regulations to operate here. What’s more, allowing valuable product to escape makes no economic sense. While malfunctions and emergency maintenance situations are unpredictable events, operators are prepared with safety protocols designed to manage pressure, limit emissions and protect workers and the environment. Oil and natural gas operators comply with state regulations that specifically address these types of unplanned events. Our state air programs are working to improve the environment and protect Texans. Credible, comprehensive research has shown, repeatedly, that air quality near oil and natural gas facilities is safe. Mischaracterized data has no place in serious discussions about our energy needs, our economy and our environment.
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