State Agency Surveys Permian Basin Gas in Air 6/17/13
CBS 7 News
June 17, 2013
Permian Basin - Making sure the state is safe from the ground up is part of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's mission and with more energy production in the area the agency will be heading west to the Permian Basin.
TCEQ helicopters will be hovering over or near pipelines, oil and gas production facilities, and other industrial facilities using inferred cameras.
The camera can image Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC and other hydrocarbons
VOC are a class of compounds present in common things like gasoline and used as solvents or industrial chemicals. VOC can combine with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight to form ground-level ozone.
When the camera detects these gases, the technician will note the time, location and other information about where itís coming from.
Although the agency tells the public not to be concerned, many have mixed feelings on sharing their air.
The TCEQ used The Homeland Security's messaging system to let the local law enforcement know of their presence from above.
The survey should be finished by mid-August of this year.
Residents in the following counties will be noticing these helicopters: Andrews, Ector, Gaines, Howard, Martin, Midland, Reeves, Upton, Ward, and Winkler County.