Exacting a cause for my nosebleed from a Pasadena refinery upset event

UPDATE 7/26/16 9am I just got off the phone with TCEQ and filed a formal complaint about my nosebleed and being worried this exposure event may trigger future nosebleeds. I was told I was the only one who called this in and as of this morning no other complaints have been filed on the Pasadena upset/plume releases  of 7/25/16 following the bad weather event. I did contact the refinery on line and posted my blog and told them this caused my nosebleed. More people need to call TCEQ (not that they can come out right away and do an air test) –end update—

Having driven through bad weather, we drove up to the Super 8 motel at 5550 Homestead in Houston around 4:20 pm on July 25, 2016 into what looked and smelled like fireworks fallout that linger from hell.

super8Our parking lot at the motel was enveloped in a cloud of sulfur smelling acrid air. My husband said you didn’t notice that black plume of smoke behind the dark rain clouds during the rain storm driving to the motel?

I made two trips to the room gathering my luggage from my car, on my second trip I noticed my nose dripping and wiped my nose with my white tee shirt. With the third drip and convenient tee shirt wipe, I was inside the room and staring in the mirror in awe of a nose bleed and caught my “ah ha” moment of what exactly caused “this” nose bleed.

I called the front desk of the motel who called me back admitting something indeed was going on outside. I called TCEQ (who had no refinery upset reports and would come out tomorrow and investigate), and I called 911 for faster service in finding out what we were breathing. By the time the fire department arrived the smoke had cleared; they mentioned that there was a fire about 20 miles away but did not say it was refinery related.

This morning I found out that indeed there was a refinery release at the Pasadena refinery 8 miles away.

https://www.facebook.com/KPRC2/videos/vb.110260895670639/1368197616543621/?type=2&theater Here is a snap shot…..

pasadena releaseMy husband said the winds were coming from the south, southeast and so here is a map of the motel in proximity to the refinery…map release

So now I wonder if I will have more nose bleeds like the chronic ones of 2015 following the addition of two lift compressors near my home in Arlington by the ATT Stadium. In December 2015, I had to have  an emergency nasal cauterization and it worked….. until my trip to Houston.

 

 

 

 

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Enervest looking to unload in OK & AR so what about UT Arlington’s gas wells?

Ever get the feeling the future finds us too fracking fast? Council expressed concerns years ago about new operators taking over older padsites; thats where I learned of the term “2.nd tier operators/drillers”.
Recently council was correct to be worried about drillers going bankrupt  ($25 billion in TX in the last 18 months impressive Enuff 4 U?) and then who would restore these padsites?
Never U mind the UTA padsite is a state own facility/lease and so the city doesn’t even INSPECT this (Carrizo-now-Envervest) padsite….the state does.
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UT Arlington padsite of 22 gas wells and two lift compressor stations

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Roger Venables <roger.venables@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2016 3:12 PM
Subject: Is UTA drill site next? New Listings 4 sale – EnerVest, Ltd
Third tier here we come?
UTA padsite was Carrizo, now Enervest…and next?
 
Collin Gregory pacified council members with assurance that the state can always take over abandoned padsites...but the state says they cannot keep up with bankrupt operators who cannot afford to plug their wells.
 
 
 

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Meagher Energy Advisors <jsemple@meagheradvisors.com>
To: kimfeil@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2016 10:07 AM
Subject: New Listing – EnerVest, Ltd – Arkoma Basin

Meagher Energy Advisors Logo
EnerVest, Ltd

ARKOMA BASIN PRODUCING PROPERTIES AND LEASEHOLD
HARTFORD, CHAMBERS AND DELEON CBM FIELD WIDE UNITS
ARKOMA GATHERING SYSTEM

SEBASTIAN COUNTY, ARKANSAS

COAL, HUGHES, LEFLORE, MCINTOSH
AND ROGER MILLS COUNTIES, OKLAHOMA

MapVIEW FULL LISTING

ASSET HIGHLIGHTS
  • Package contains operated wells, non-operated wells and overriding royalty interests
  • About 95% of the PDP value is operated by EnerVest
  • EnerVest operated Hartford, Chambers and DeLeon CBM Field Wide Units
    • Completed in the Lower Hartshorne Coal
    • Drilled on Pinnate Drainage Pattern
    • 103 total operated wells in Sebastian County, AR and LeFlore County, OK
    • 44 articulate wells and 59 vertical producing wells
    • Average interests: 63.18% WI and 48.86% NRI
    • Includes 75% membership interest in Arkoma Gathering LLC
    • 15,187 gross acres and 8,504 net acres
  • 54 total wells located in Coal, Hughes, LeFlore and McIntosh Counties, OK
    • 43 wells ORRI only ownership
    • 11 non-operated wells
    • Average interests: 5.88% WI, 4.03% NRI, 0.65% ORRI
  • 6 total wells in Roger Mills County, OK
    • 4 wells ORRI only ownership
    • 2 non-operated wells
    • Average interests 24.55% WI, 19.80% NRI, ORRI 4.13%
  • Forecasted production and cash flow for July 2016:
    • Gross production: 14.3 MMCFD
    • Net sales: 1.7 MMCFD and 5 BNGLPD
    • $66,182 net operating cash flow for July 2016
    • Net expenses comprise 51% of net revenues
A Confidentiality Agreement (“CA”) must be executed prior to receiving the data package. Please visit our website to order this package and download the required CA
Bid Date August 15, 2016
Effective Date July 1, 2016
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TX wastewater spills under 1,000 gl get to wait to be reported to TCEQ by 20th day of following month

In June I blogged about this..here are the TCEQ conditions for  “monthly reporting of wastewater spills” instead of bothering the state or the operator with immediate reporting…

  • the spill volume is 1,000 gallons or less;
  • it is not associated with another accidental discharge or spill;
  • it is controlled or removed before entering water in the state;
  • it does not adversely affect a public or private source of drinking water;
  • it will not endanger human health or safety or the environment; and
  • it is not otherwise subject to local regulatory control and reporting requirements.

Here is the link to the form to report those pesky spills….

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Comment now to protest EPA to lower protective guidelines for radionuclides in drinking water post release events

Please send YOUR comment before 7/25/16 using the autofill standardized letter provided by Physicians For Social Responsibility.

The high (allowable) levels can stay in place as long as the threat does.

And now for your reading horrors…..

July 14, 2016 11:40 am

 

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Token time! Attend Legal Draft Beer grand opening this Saturday 10% proceeds benefit Arlington Police Foundation

Bar/Breweries are opening up in walking distance from my home in Downtown Arlington! Legal Draft is having their grand opening packages at 500 E Division St, Arlington, Texas 76011 and 10% of the proceeds goes to Arlington Police Foundation!

July 23 12 noon-6 pm ‪#‎legaldraftswag‬ ‪#‎grandopening‬

I like the beer token idea because the last grand opening for a mico brewery at 506 Main Street, I felt like I “had” to drink what I paid for-yep all four of them….talk about a light weight! #hungOverbad #luvLivingWalkn’distance2Downtown #needDivision StCrossingGuard #teehee

Legal Draft Beer Co.'s photo.

https://www.facebook.com/LegalDraftBeer1/

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Putting a Possible Face to a Slow Bullet Fatality in Fracked Texas

Click here to read about why I think a Mansfield 13 year old perished at the hands of a slow bullet.

I’ve ranted about the slow bullets of Urban Drilling …..now to wait for more evidence in the trail of human suffering?

An eight year study gives MATH to the odds.

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SURPRISE! Higher ASTHMA exacerbation rates near FRACKING – extrapolate this to Arlington Gasland TX

Did a wafting methane plume(s) kill Tiffany Phu in Mansfield TX? Its looking more like it statistically especially in light of this eight year Pennsylvanian study that was published on July 18, 2016 in JAMA entitled….

“Association Between Unconventional Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale and Asthma Exacerbations”

“Findings In this nested case-control study of 35 508 patients with asthma, those in the highest quartile of residential UNGD activity had significantly higher odds of 3 types of asthma exacerbations (new oral corticosteroid medication orders, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations) than those in the lowest quartile”.

While this study was done in the north-east, do NOT rest assured Texans in Arlington Gasland TX are not suffering-they are breathers too.

Here are four news agency reports on the study…..

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20160718-study-fracking-might-worsen-asthma-for-children-adults-living-near-wells.ece

Fracking might worsen asthma for children, adults living near wells

“The highest risk for asthma attacks occurred in people living a median of about 12 miles from drilled wells. The lowest risk was for people living a median of about 40 miles away”.

 

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http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-07-fracking-industry-wells-asthma.html

Fracking industry wells associated with increased risk of asthma attacks, study finds

“The Hopkins researchers identified more than 35,000 asthma patients……They mapped where the patients with these attacks lived; assigned them metrics based on the location, size, number, phase, total depth and gas production of the wells; and compared them to asthma patients who didn’t have attacks in the same year.

Those who lived closer to a large number or bigger active natural gas wells were significantly more likely – 1.5 to four times more likely – to suffer asthma attacks”.

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https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2016/07/18/health-study-shows-connection-between-asthma-attacks-and-gas-drilling/

Health study shows connection between asthma attacks and gas drilling

“Looking at four stages of shale gas well activity, which included preparing the well site, drilling, fracking, and production, Rasmussen says they found that people with asthma who live near more intense shale gas activity are 1.5 to 4.4 times more likely to suffer from an asthma attack.

The study also broke up the severity of the asthma attack into three categories, including mild, moderate and severe. Mild included a new asthma medication. Moderate meant a visit to the emergency room, while severe correlated with hospitalization. There were increased associations with mild, moderate and severe incidents.The increased risk was also associated with all four stages of well development.


https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18072016/asthma-study-marcellus-shale-pennsylvania-natural-gas-fracking

Increased Asthma Attacks Tied to Exposure to Natural Gas Production

“Rasmussen said the paper is the first to examine unconventional natural gas development and “objective respiratory impacts,” which refer to incidents reported to health providers in the form of hospital visits or prescriptions”.

“Bernard Goldstein, an emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, said the study’s findings are important but should come as no surprise, given what’s known about links between air pollution and asthma. “There are regional ozone problems that could easily be exacerbated by fracking operations.”

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So as usual I will post my email to our city health official, who is 100% unresponsive…..

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; John Dugan <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>; Jenny Narvaez <jnarvaez@nctcog.org>; Chris Klaus <cklaus@nctcog.org>
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 5:16 PM
Subject: Hopkins Researchers foundy correlation to higher asthma rates near fracking
Dr Simmons you have been 100% consistent in being nonresponsive to my concerns over the years to the health risks to Arlington residents near fracking sites. I am asking you again to post on the city website what your medical opinion is about Arlington resident’s health risks in having to cohabitate with gas wells in their neighborhoods and near our schools.
Please read below and let me know if you can respond, thanks.
Kim
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As of January 2015 frackers racked up $25 billion debt in TeXas bankruptcies

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BizJournal.com reports that “Many of these energy companies amassed large amounts of debt during the shale boom to rapidly grow their businesses and now face significant challenges in today’s climate of low oil prices” and that Texas accounts for 52% of all North American energy related bankruptcies. Also reported is that south Texas accounts for the majority of the $25 billion debt value. Not surprisingly north Texas (Barnett Shale) is among the second place “loser” in the failed shale Texas loan adventures.

Here is the BizJournal report as sourced by Haynes and Boone LLP list of the 45 failed Texas fracking related upstream and oil field service companies who cannot pay back their loans…..makes you wonder who will plug and abandon these wells especially those now leaking….hmmn our Arlington gas well coordinator ASSured our council people recently that the state will pick up the tab, but the state says they can’t keep up….ouch.

 

Energy bankruptcies filed in Texas courts in 2016 by month

Company (Texas court filed); debt

January

Aurora Operating LLC (Southern); $2.35 million

MOG Producing LP (Southern); $4.29 million

Antero Energy Partners LLC (Northern); $25.45 million

February

Emkey Resources LLC (Northern); $22.35 million

Ginger Oil Co. (Southern); $6.47 million Read more

Argent Energy U.S. Holdings Inc. (Southern); $51.9 million

Primrose La Sara LLC (Southern); $4.3 million

DRM Sales & Supply LLC (Western); $19.18 million

March

GreenHunter Resources Inc. (Northern); $23.7 million

Universal Well Service Holdings Inc. (Northern); $25.15 million

Wellhead Distributors International (Southern); $31.7 million

RMR Operating LLC (Northern); $3.5 million

ESP Petrochemicals Inc. (Southern); $7.4 million

Wellflex Energy Solutions LLC (Northern); $3.9 million

DJ Oilfield Sevices LLC (Northern); $3.01 million

East African Drilling Ltd. (Southern); $45.35 million

Crossfire Manufacturing LLC (Northern); $653,600

7711 Operating Company LLC (Northern); $532,500

April

ATK Oilfield Transportation Inc. (Western); $34.9 million

Sanjel Inc. (Western); $1.1 billion

Bluff Creek Production LLC (Western); $7.09 million

Hydrocarb Energy Corp. (Southern); $12.5 million Read more

Aztec Oil & Gas Inc. (Southern); $1.5 million Read more

Energy XXI Ltd. (Southern); $2.75 billion Read more

DiamoNorthern District Tank Rental Inc. (Northern); $8.92 million

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. (Southern); $444.2 million Read more

FPUSA LLC (Eastern); $2.3 million

Paladin Energy Corp. (Northern); $23.48 million

Trinity River Resources LP (Western); $133.8 million

West Texas Poly Pump LLC (Western); $3.7 million

Ultra Petroleum Corp. (Southern); $3.9 billion Read more

Midstates Petroleum Company Inc. (Southern); $2.045 billion Read more

May

CaNorthern Districtescent Well Service LLC (Western); $0

*Linn Energy LLC (Southern); $5.962 billion Read more

*Berry Petroleum Company LLC (Southern); $1.733 billion

J P S Completion Fluids Inc. (Western); $4.49 million

SandRidge Energy Inc. (Southern); $4.19 billion

Hawk Oilfield Service Inc. (Southern); $1.2 million

Tall City Well Service LP (Western); $14.4 million

Ricochet Energy Inc. (Western); $11.35 million

Armada Water Assets Inc./Wes-Tex Vacuum Service Inc. (Southern); $24.9 million

Mark A. Martinez LLC (Southern); $0

Linc USA GP (Southern); $414.35 million Read more

June

Tauren Exploration Inc. (Northern); $22 million

Warren Resources Inc. (Southern); $486.3 million Read more

Note: Includes Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 15 and Canadian cases; only includes upstream and oil field services companies that filed as of June 30.

*Houston-based Linn Energy bought Denver-based Berry Petroleum in 2013 for $4.9 billion.

—Earlier I blogged about these bankrupcties and so read here for more on this topic—

 

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Best two comments in response to Forbes fracking friendly headline

As you open the Forbes unforbesunate headline, “Fracking Not the Source of Water Contamination” you find that fracking is NOT exhonerated as you cannot have fracking without casings and you cannot have casings without fracking as fracking is now the mainstream process in extracting fossil fuels.

And then there is the element of TIME to see how possible fracking water contamination migration could run it’s course.

In response to the Forbes failed headline, here are two comments that nail her up…..

    • Pyrthian Tyruss 19 hours ago

      yes, and cigarettes have not been proven to cause cancer.

    • turtle200054481@yahoo.com

      turtle200054481@yahoo.com 19 hours ago

      Ah, it’s not the cigarettes, it’s all the stuff in them that can harm you…..and…it’s not the fracking, it’s just all the things that can and do go wrong that can be harmful. WHO writes this industry friendly spin?

 

Here is the Abstract for the study that Forbes was referencing…

“Groundwater methane in relation to oil and gas development and shallow coal seams in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado”

“Unconventional oil and gas development has generated intense public concerns about potential impacts to groundwater quality. Specific pathways of contamination have been identified; however, overall rates of contamination remain ambiguous. We used an archive of geochemical data collected from 1988 to 2014 to determine the sources and occurrence of groundwater methane in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of northeastern Colorado. This 60,000-km2 region has a 60-y-long history of hydraulic fracturing, with horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing beginning in 2010. Of 924 sampled water wells in the basin, dissolved methane was detected in 593 wells at depths of 20–190 m. Based on carbon and hydrogen stable isotopes and gas molecular ratios, most of this methane was microbially generated, likely within shallow coal seams. A total of 42 water wells contained thermogenic stray gas originating from underlying oil and gas producing formations. Inadequate surface casing and leaks in production casing and wellhead seals in older, vertical oil and gas wells were identified as stray gas migration pathways. The rate of oil and gas wellbore failure was estimated as 0.06% of the 54,000 oil and gas wells in the basin (lower estimate) to 0.15% of the 20,700 wells in the area where stray gas contamination occurred (upper estimate) and has remained steady at about two cases per year since 2001. These results show that wellbore barrier failure, not high-volume hydraulic fracturing in horizontal wells, is the main cause of thermogenic stray gas migration in this oil- and gas-producing basin”.

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C-SPAN2 Senators unveiling those in deceit of climate denial

#TimeToCallOut

#WebOfDenial

On 7/12/16 on C-SPAN2 senators have come together pleading to the president and point out WHO the climate change deniers are.

Just in listening today I’ve heard the Democratic senators name those trying to obsufcate the science are :

ALEC,

Americans For Prosperity (who is funded by the KOCH Brothers),

The Heartland Institute,

Exxon Mobil,

Peabody Energy (coal),

George C Marshall Institute,

Phillip Morris,

Cato Institute,

The Thomas Jefferson Institute,

Charles G Koch Foundation,

Citizens For A sound Economy,

The Surrel (spelling?) Freedom Trust,

American Enterprise Institute,

Americans For Prosperity,

Global Climate Coalition,

Lexington Institute,

 

The Spirit of Enterprise,

Donors Trust Fund,

Donors Capital Fund,

John Locke Institute,

John Locke Foundation,

Dunns Foundation,

John Birch Society,

Hoover Institution,

The Templeton Foundation,

Global Warming Policy Foundation,

James Madison Institute,

John William Pope Foundation,

Franklin Center,

Sam Adams Alliance,

Bradley Foundation,

some 800 lobbyists,

and more I may have missed from the prior days.

I also learned of a lawsuit designed to detract climate scientists from their work by being called to defend their past (concensus) work by  E&E Legal and Competitive Enterprise Institute

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island has organized this event and the truth has been flowing at the event for the last two days!

Here are some tweets Desmog.blog has collected from the senators calling out these web of denialists….

http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/07/12/top-tweets-web-of-denial-speech-blitz-us-senate

EcoWatch is also covering this “Event”.

 

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