Over the past couple weeks Aubrey and I have been posting about the controversies that have come up in the town of Pavillion, Wyoming. The previous posts were concerned with the water contamination and finding the source of the contamination, but is water contamination the only concern that residents have in Pavillion? Many of the residents of Pavillion have also been making complaints about the possibility of poor air quality. To investigate these claims EnCana Oil put a mobile monitoring station in the town of Pavillion.
The mobile monitoring station placed in Pavillion measures the levels of nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, particulate matter and ozone to figure out a level of air quality. The station measured the air quality from January 2011 through March 2012. After analyzing the data, none of the levels exceeded any of the standards for air quality monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The only level of air quality that came close to being a concern was ozone which still remained under the legal limit.
Many of the residents were outraged to find out the results of the tests and said that they did not get a fair sample of air to test. Residents believed the test was unfair because the mobile monitoring station was placed on a hill that was about 20 feet in elevation above the well field.
Representatives claimed that they careful chose the location for the mobile monitoring station and took many factors into account including wind direction, access to electricity, and topography in order to choose the best location. Even though the results of the testing say otherwise, the residents of Pavillion believe something is wrong with their air quality and future testing will likely be done. No testing is currently going on because all of the mobile monitoring stations owned by EnCana are already in use at other sites.