In 1993 hydrogen sulfide was added to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory. Less than a year later the agency issued an administrative stay on H2S reporting requirements as a favor to the oil & gas industry. That stay has been lifted based on findings from the 2005 Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) research and the 2006 UC Berkeley study.
Now the oil & gas industry will be required to report how industries are poisoning us.
It’s difficult to look upon a decision that was 17 years in the making and call it progress. But there it is. As we beg and plead for air quality monitoring, and as we crawl toward that goal inch by frustrating inch it’s all we have.
We already know H2S is in the air. We need air quality monitoring to prove it. Then what will we have achieved? The light at the end of this tunnel really is an oncoming train.
The question is: What is the EPA going to do about H2S emissions?