Natural gas drilling, fracturing and production can be the source of numerous environmental impacts that negatively affect human, animal and plant health and safety, cause water, air and soil pollution and otherwise cause injury, illness or death. Most municipalities have their own gas drilling inspection departments to regulate and monitor spills, blowouts, vapor releases, traffic accidents involving frac fluid trucks and other problems that can occur with unwelcome consequences.
Additionally, there are regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels that also have jurisdiction over oil and gas drilling and exploration activites, and to whom accidents and environmentally sensitive events must, by law or regulation, be reported for investigation and remediation. Unfortunately, most state and federal regulatory agencies are underfunded and understaffed making enforcement of laws and regulations difficult, and often leaving problems unreported and uninvestigated.
The general public, therefore, has a duty and obligation to report violations, accidents and other harmful events to the appropriate authorities. A list of agencies of state and federal government serving Texas is shown below. It may also be helpful to contact local or national news media to report such events so that public awareness can be made immediately, especially if an accident or other event results in a serious and impending public threat to health or safety. Media inquiries also often help prompt elected, appointed or hired officials to act more quickly and under more scrutiny to protect the public best interest.
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