The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency found no problem with the data the agency collected from its air monitor in DISH.
Earlier this month, DISH Mayor Calvin Tillman said he thought the air monitor was either malfunctioning or that the results were being manipulated. A town-funded study found levels of benzene and toluene at higher levels than what's been reported by the air monitor.
In a statement, TCEQ said, "The EPA has evaluated TCEQ’s monitoring operations in DISH, Texas and documented there is no reason to doubt the validity of the data from the DISH AutoGC monitor. The monitor is also being audited by the University of Texas to ensure the equipment is operating properly."
The TCEQ installed an air monitor in Dish in April and immediately began posting the results online. The move was in response to concerns that the town's air was being polluted by natural gas compressors and drilling facilities in the area.