Will AISD have lockdown or evacuation drills related to nearby gas well emergencies?
Will AISD put pressure on City Council to enforce emission controls in our ordinance?
Mr. Edwards, thank you for your response. Today I did speak with Cindy Powell on this topic and will share with you our recorded conversation on this youtube video link
Originally Ms Powell returned my call from an unrelated air quality complaint of construction cement particulate blowing at the students during dismissal. So she was not prepared time wise for this topic, nor was she aware that I legally taped her. She repeated the same responses to me on earlier conversations-so nothing new has been in the works on student shale safety since my concerns from when my son was at Bailey Junior High when I filmed this
. Recently the wells near Bailey have been spewing this
Across from Hutchinson Jr High last April and May there was 2 emission events and the fire department’s incident report speaks of an additional unit needed while another truck followed a 3 block wide cloud into the neighborhoods.
In this conversation with Ms Powell about emergency protocols, we ran out of time and I was about to expound on the need to lock down during emission events but also to lock down during the the active, intensive, pre-production and maintenance phases that include…
1) site prep, (unless using CNG or LNG fueled vehicles)
2) drilling, (unless using electric drilling rigs)
3) fracturing,(unless using ATMOS gas to power engines during fracturing AND “effectively” containing flying silica dust)
4) flowback, (unless using ventless, pressurized flowback tanks)
5) connecting to pipeline,(AISD needs to push City Council to mandate Green Completions equipment incase second tier drillers buy out Chesapeake)
6) workovers that may occur in between these phases AND after the well is in production because hydrochloric acid is what I read is the preferred chemical to use.
7) lift compressors added to older wells (unless electric and blowdowns are directed to the saleslines with the excess pressure/gas going to the storage tanks that are equipped with vapor recovery systems during those blowdowns)
I also did not get a chance to tell Ms Powell about a doctor who coincidently agrees with my urging to not be downwind to the active drill site phases. Here is more info on that doctor…
*DR. Cowden’s advice to Ohioans: If there is drilling within a half-mile that youngsters should be kept away as much as possible to minimize exposure to as many as 78 toxic chemicals in the air, says Cowden, who lives in Loudonville in Ashland County and works for the Knox County Health Department.
The Denton Chronicle reported last February that “The Fort Worth school district requires 1,200 feet between schools and gas wells when the district is leasing minerals,”
I ask you to form an AISD action plan drilling task force of experts to include myself and move forward in this fashion or at least urge City Council to enforce Best Emission Control Technologies in their ordinance.
Thank you for your considerations as you discuss my claim of student and staff abuse in being made to co-exist near gas wells since a health and environmental impact study was never done prior to allowing urban drilling in Arlington, thank you.
TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, NuisanceNo person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation,
From: Timothy N. Edwards <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wed, January 30, 2013 3:36:01 PM
Subject: AISD Fraud, Waste and Abuse Report #366
Greetings Ms. Feil,
This is to acknowledge receipt of your Fraud, Waste and Abuse report through the Arlington Independent School District reporting system. I have performed a preliminary review/assessment of the issues you present, and have determined that your concerns are outside the scope of our Fraud, Waste and Abuse function. More importantly, the technical areas that concern you are well outside the expertise within the Internal Audit Department; therefore, the best course of action will be for me to share your report with the Board of Trustees Audit Advisory Committee in February.
Thank you for your interest in improving the Arlington Independent School District.
Chief Internal Auditor
Arlington Independent School District