The Fort Worth City Council received its first formal presentation on the natural gas air quality study this morning and had some of the same questions that were raised at an air quality study committee meeting on Monday. Councilman Dennis Shingleton asked the contractor, Eastern Research Group, to put some of the statistics about emissions of benzene and methane into some sort of context so the public can understand them. "How much methane does a 50-acre herd of cattle produce?" Shingleton said as one example. Some council members also said the council should look at revising the city's gas drilling ordinance while councilman Jungus Jordan said again that the city should look at electrifying compressors to reduce emissions. City staff will return to the council on Aug. 16 with recommendations from the gas drilling report and councilman Sal Espino suggested the council should also convene an urban gas drilling workshop.
- Bill Hanna