The Dallas Business Journal reported that Victor Carrillo, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, recently fired a shot across the bow of oil, gas and pipeline operations in Texas concerning benzene emissions.
“We are essentially telling oil, gas, and pipeline operators that they need to step up their efforts to ensure they are conducting their business in a safe and environmentally friendly manner,” said Carrillo in a press statement. “I’m urging operators to get out there and make sure they double check their operations. If a valve is leaking, fix it; if a thief hatch is open, close it. Don’t wait for us to come inspect the facility and require you to fix the problem.“
The Railroad Commission is expected to send notices to Texas operators in March.