Workshop to educate community on reporting EFS pollution, contamination scheduled Aug. 2

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LAREDO, Texas — The Rio Grande International Study Center, an environmental organization based in Laredo, is inviting residents and communities of the Eagle Ford Shale to attend free workshops addressing how to recognize and report changes in environmental quality from oil and gas activity, and report incidents effectively.

The Cuero workshops, scheduled Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, will be conducted in English (2 p.m.) and Spanish (12:30 p.m.) and will cover different types of health and environmental risks that can occur during oil and gas development, or hydraulic fracturing, as well as information on the responsibilities of agencies tasked to manage those risks.
 
Oil and gas development is booming in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas — with the number of new, permitted wells expanding from 26 in 2008 to more than 4,000 by 2013 – bringing with it real risks to the surrounding communities’ air, soil, water, and health. 
 
The workshops aim to bring clarity and transparency to both the risks and the complaint process. Clear and accurate reporting of suspected contamination and risks can help agencies to work with industry to ensure safe communities. 
 
“Well-informed individuals can improve industry and agency response to incidents, allowing agencies to collect more data, identify patterns, and potentially prevent incidents in the future,” said RGISC project coordinator Alberto Sandoval. “This will help create safer communities for those living among oil and gas development.”
 
RGISC is partnering with EDF to host five workshops in La Salle, Dimmit, Webb, Karnes, and DeWitt counties.
 
More info can be found at www.neighborsofoilandgas.org. 
 
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