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Meeting will allow community to discuss study results, learn about new local Health Assessment

Joint Advisory: EARTHWORKS * Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project

For immediate release: October 8, 2009

The results of a DISH, Texas municipal Ambient Air Quality Study recently revealed high concentrations of toxic air emissions, including neurotoxins and carcinogens, near and on residential properties in the small town of DISH, Texas. Local officials will formally discuss the results of the study and provide information about a community-based Health Assessment at a public meeting in DISH, Texas on October 12th at 7p.m. on Monday, October 12th.

DISH is located in the epicenter of the Barnett Shale gas play and is home to a megacomplex of compressor stations, as well as pipelines, metering stations, gathering lines and gas wells. The Town of DISH's air study sampled air at seven locations from August 17 to 18, 2009. The results of this analysis revealed high concentrations of carcinogenic and neurotoxin compounds near and on residential properties. The report also indicated that many of the compounds in the air exceeded the Short-term and Long-term Effects Screening Levels according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations.

WHO: The Town of DISH's public meeting will provide an opportunity for presentations by: (i) the Town of DISH, (ii) authors of DISH Ambient Air Quality Study, Wolf Eagle, and (iii) Wilma Subra, President of the Subra Company, Inc., and a member of EARTHWORKS' Board of Directors.

WHAT: In concert with the Town of DISH, the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project has launched a Health Assessment in which they are gathering information from citizens in the area about health symptoms and impacts. The Health Assessment is being circulated door-to-door in DISH to approximately 200 households. Information about the study will be presented by Wilma Subra, chemist, President of Subra Company, Inc and EARTHWORKS Board member.


5413 Tim Donald Road
DISH, Texas 76247

WHEN: 7 pm, October 12, 2009


The Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project is a campaign of EARTHWORKS.

EARTHWORKS is nonprofit public interest organization that works to protect communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mining, digging, and drilling, in the U.S. and worldwide.

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