Fracktivists Encourage City to Ignore Their Air Quality Tests & Accept Results from Tests Conducted by Residents
Results from air quality tests performed by three different residents in Colleyville, Texas suggest that fracking has released high levels of dangerous chemicals into the air. Fracktivists were quick to latch onto these results and use them to call for action against fracking. A closer look reveals that it may not be so cut and dry. Colleyville officials had already paid for longer and more in-depth testing which revealed no dangerous emissions. Dr. Kenneth Tramm of Modern Geoscience performed those tests, and he calls into question several aspects of the tests conducted by the landowners and the guidelines they used to classify the results as dangerous. For example, they compared the chemical readings from a short-term testing method to the long-term health levels set by the state rather than the Air Monitoring Comparison Values which should be used for such tests. When the levels are measured against those standards they fall well below the safe value.