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Fort Worth shows no cause for concern about hazardous pollutants

Just one look at the city’s official website and you’ll find it difficult to avoid praising Fort Worth’s environmental efforts. The website opens with its mission statement, “to provide efficient, effective and compliant environmental and solid waste management services”. Not only does the city have a complex and successful, garbage and recycling program, but Fort Worth has also developed an extensive way to monitor the city’s air quality.

According to the Associated Press and the Star Telegram, “The Texas environmental agency says a survey of more than 100 natural gas facilities in Fort Worth showed no cause for concern about potentially dangerous pollutants”. Along with other cities, Fort Worth is located atop the Barnett Shale, a natural gas “goldmine”. What separates Fort Worth from the pack is he level of pollutants in Funky Town, including the carcinogen [benzene] detected in other parts of the Shale, was not high enough to cause health concerns.

So, Fort Worth—go ahead and give yourselves a pat on the back. As always, the community should continue to abide by environmental regulations and remain open-minded in regards to change. Accomplished physician, writer and Harvard professor, Oliver Wendell Holmes, once proclaimed, “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving”. That being said, Funky-towners: keep movin’!

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