INDEPENDENT FIRM TO OUTLINE AIR QUALITY STUDY AT PUBLIC MEETING

September 15, 2010 · Filed Under Events and News, Urban Gas 

Fort Worth’s recently commissioned air quality study will be discussed at an informational presentation, scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

At the presentation, representatives from Eastern Research Group (ERG) – the contractor currently completing a comprehensive review of natural gas production’s impact on local air quality – will outline the company’s  proposed work plan, including the ambient air sampling network and the process for identifying and evaluating emissions from natural gas facilities during all phases of drilling and production.

Residents can submit questions and comments via e-mail at airqualitystudy@FortWorthGov.org.

About the Air Quality Study

City Council in March established the Air Quality Study Committee to address concerns over emissions generated through gas drilling. Committee members were asked to identify study objectives, evaluate the qualifications of interested consultants, review the scope of work with candidate consultants and recommend a consultant and study framework.

ERG was recommended by the Air Quality Study Committee as the most qualified of eight firms evaluated, and the City Council later approved the contract to begin testing. The independent evaluation will test air quality and emissions at no less than 75 percent of well sites in Fort Worth.

About the Contractor

ERG is a Massachusetts company that provides environmental, engineering, economic and laboratory services. From its regulatory development, air toxics and air permitting projects for various government agencies, ERG has developed extensive knowledge of the natural gas exploration and production industry.

To assist with the field testing, ERG has partnered with Sage Environmental Consulting L.P. –  an environmental engineering and consulting company with expertise in regulatory compliance and permitting.

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