First of all – has anyone else noticed that if you go onto municode and find the gas well ordinance (subchapter 22 of the development code)…it is unchanged! It looks like it is an old version, because it still has a 1,000 foot setback listed instead of 1,200 feet. Someone should fix that…
Well, it is still incomplete. I have recently come to learn that basically nothing has been done to fulfill this promise. We cannot let this one slip through the cracks and fade away...but as of now (two months after the promise was made) all the following key questions remain unanswered:
1. How comprehensive will the program be? (e.g., how many sites?)
2. What kinds of technologies and methodologies will be used? (e.g., will it be periodic or continuous; will it use summa canisters or FLIR cameras…will they be gas find FLIRs; will it use gas chromatography to speciate precisely the chemicals detected?)
3. What pollutants will be monitored for?
4. What will we do with the information/data acquired? (e.g., post on website, share with TCEQ?)
5. How will it be funded and what will the budget be?
6. Who will we contract with and what responsibilities will they have?
The city’s Executive Team is meeting now and apparently this program is on their agenda. So, hopefully we will start getting some answers soon. But we need to politely but persistently inquire about the progress of this program.
If we are going to adopt this proactionary approach to innovation, then we must monitor the experiment, hold bad actors accountable, and continuously improve. One of the injustices built into our capitalist mode of innovation is that monitoring equipment is often exceedingly expensive – thus sparingly used. I plan on learning more about this in the coming weeks, so look for updates.