Texas agency orders staff to investigate gas drilling complaints

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by WFAA-TV Staff

wfaa.com

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 23 at 11:32 PM

News 8 has been investigating concerns about benzene levels in the Barnett Shale.

Now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued a directive to its Dallas-Fort Worth regional office ordering staff to investigate any complaints within 12 hours.

If a hazard or unsafe condition is found, TCEQ representatives must contact the drilling company to request immediate action.

Residents have expressed concern about pollution as a byproduct of gas drilling. Benzene is highly flammable and long-term exposure to high levels of benzene is known to cause leukemia.

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