Advocate

Representing a region of 9,000 square miles and 7.2 million people, the North Texas Commission advocates for issues with no city or county boundary, such as long-range water planning, air quality and the business vitality of our corporate community.

 

 

 

North Texas Advocacy Coalition

The North Texas Advocacy Coalition is comprised of members of the North Texas Commission – businesses, municipalities, and institutions of higher education – who are focused on positively affecting the 86th legislative session to ensure North Texas will remain a business friendly and vibrant region. The Coalition is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates.

Who’s on board?

North Texas area Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, higher education institutions, chambers of commerce and other business associations.

Make an impact.

The members of the North Texas Advocacy Coalition will work together to set the legislative priorities of the North Texas Commission, they will work to share those priorities with our state Legislators, and during the 86th Session, work to ensure those priorities stay top of mind. Learn more and join the North Texas Advocacy Coalition at ntxadvocacy.org.

Membership of the North Texas Advocacy Coalition is open to North Texas Commission members as well as affiliate associations. To learn more about membership in the North Texas Commission, contact Amber Zuckerman at amber@ntc-dfw.org.

 

Legislative Priorities

The North Texas Commission members work together in the year leading up to each Texas Legislative session to outline priorities important to the economic vitality of our region. The 2017 Legislative Priorities for the upcoming Texas Legislature’s 85th session focus on pro-growth state tax and regulatory policies that grow our economy and attract investment. Click here to view a scorecard on how our priorities fared during the regular session: NTC 2017 Legislative Priorities Final_July Update   and for an update on the 85th Special Session:  NTC Special Session Recap  

The leadership of the North Texas Commission is routinely called upon to testify on regional issues. Most recently, our Chairman, Chuck Allen, testified in front of the House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness. You can read his testimony here: Chuck Allen Testimony to the Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness

Additionally, the North Texas Commission Board approved a resolution supporting the Texas high-speed rail project connecting North Texas with Houston. This project is key to ensuring a robust transportation system as our two regions continue to prosper, especially as traffic congestion is expected to double in the next 20 years.

Regional Air Monitors

As part of the NTC’s work to improve air quality in North Texas, we manage the largest network of air pollution monitors in the North Texas region. Our 21 stations are spread across the greater North Texas region (including Wichita Falls and Abilene) and continuously monitor the air for the presence of 84 volatile organic compounds (or “VOCs”). VOCs include pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects; some VOCs also contribute to ozone formation. VOCs are monitored to assess the potential for measured concentrations to impair health. The NTC Regional Air Monitoring Program is a collaboration with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and is the product of a 2011 bi-partisan legislative effort (SB 527) to gather better data about the impact of increased drilling in the Barnett Shale on North Texas air quality.

In early 2012, the NTC convened a committee of representatives from North Texas municipalities, universities, businesses, and non-profits to identify potential locations for new monitors. Working closely with the TCEQ, this committee finalized its list of recommended sites. By September 2012, we completed installation of our first “automated gas chromatograph” (or “AutoGC”) station on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, directly adjacent to an active natural gas drilling site. Since then, we have created a total of eleven entirely new air monitoring stations, replaced equipment at an additional six stations, and assumed management of four other stations already in operation.

Because most of our monitoring stations measure air quality every hour, the 21 stations have collectively measured over ten million VOC concentrations since 2012. This data set provides a definitive and long-term examination of the relationship between oil and gas activities and air quality in North Texas. To date, none of these millions of measurements have shown VOC concentrations to exceed TCEQ’s air monitoring comparison values (AMCVs). AMCVs are screening levels for ambient air set to protect human health and welfare. Health-based AMCVs are safe levels at which exposure is unlikely to result in adverse health effects. Because AMCVs are set sufficiently below a level that would be expected to cause adverse health effects, an exceedance does not necessarily mean that an adverse health effect would be expected, but rather than an in-depth review is needed. For more information on AMCVs, click here.

More information on the North Texas Commission Regional Air Monitoring Program can be found here:

2014 Final Report:  2014-final-report
2015 Final Report to TCEQ:  final-report-poa-2
2016 AECOM Report to Air Quality Measurement Methods and Technology Conference:  aecom-report-on-ntc-network-final

Audit Reports

NTC Audit Report Executive Summary 2014 Q2
NTC Audit Report Executive Summary 2014 Q4
NTC Audit Report 2015 Q2 Executive Summary
NTC Audit Report 2015 Q4 Executive Summary
NTC Audit Report 2016 Q2 Executive Summary
NTC Audit Report 2016 Q4 Executive Summary
NTC Audit Report 2017 Q2 Executive Summary
NTC Audit Report 2017 Q4 Executive Summary
NTC Audit Report 2018 Q2 Executive Summary

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