RIP Abayomi “Mike” Dedeke btw where R your fracking field notes?

It sucks when you are frustrated with a TCEQ report after finding inconsistencies between Chesapeake’s internal emails on an “Odor Event” that sickened folks in Arlington Gasland Texass near the Cowboy Stadium (now called ATT Stadium) back in 2013…It doesn’t help when our local Arlington fire department and city gas well inspectors are UNRESPONSIVE regarding the SOURCE & location of said “odor event”.

All thats left is to do an Open Records Request for the TCEQ state investigator’s field notes…but then you find out he died the same month (July 2015) that Chesapeake defended themselves in a Summary Disposition on that “nuisance” investigation….I hate coincidences and I hate it when my field investigator turns up dead just when I need his field notes.

TCEQ should demand a copy of every investigator’s field notes for every file-period.

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Arlington Gasland TX collection of Infrared BTEX spewing

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36″ pipeline explosion caused NG future$ to go up

Now thats one suck a$$ way to raise the price of NG…..


Crews shut off the gas feeding the flames, which burst out of Spectra’s 36-inch Texas Eastern pipeline in Salem Township at about8:30 a.m., John Poister, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said in an e-mail.

While repairs will start as soon as possible, it’s unclear when service will be restored, Spectra said in a notice. The company declared force majeure at midday, sending natural gas futures surging as much as 5.6 percent on the New York Mercantile Exchange on speculation that the outage will limit supplies to the Northeast”.

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Camp Thurman has offensive & dangerous neighbor

And so I try AGAIN to notify Camp Thurman of their toxic neighbor in the hopes they’d join in to fight this….#NEVER2late2FIGHT4truth&justice
Here are the invisible emissions UNCOVERED through infrared imagery.
There MUST be setback rules for compressor stations in urban areas….this is insane!
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>
Cc: Kathryn Wilemon <>; Melinda Brittain <>
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:29 AM
Subject: FLIR video of the neighbor next to your Camp Thurman – offensive and dangerous
This video is at a business owner feet away from the DWG Compressor Station….
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Road Closures & Flooded TX frack sites R us….thirsty?

Here is our gub’ners youtube video of his disaster declaration..jus’ known’ we have those TOXIC padsites floatn’!

Trucks have to daily evacuate the oil & gas storage tanks or else they fill up and shut in the wells and if the auto shut ins fail then they just flood the padsite…and then there is the reconstituted effluents trapped in the soil that run off into drinking water sources…dang we need to get off of fossil fuels asap!

See the white dots?  Trucks have to get to each one of them…

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Surface water contacts Texas

Some times you just get on the phone and call people & pick their brains about how they can be on alert for water contamination via frack!


Hello Colleagues,

The finalized meeting minutes, presentations, and attendee list for the March 31st meeting of the Surface Water Quality Standards Advisory Workgroup are now available online under the heading of “Recent SWQSAWG Meeting Agendas, Summaries, Presentations, and Handouts, and Additional Information.”

No future meetings regarding the 2017 revision of the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (30 TAC, Chapter 307) are planned at this time.  Any additional information or notifications will be communicated to the workgroup via theSWQSAWG listserv e-mail.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact staff with any questions or comments you may have.  Staff can be reached via e-mail at or via phone at the numbers below:

  • Joe Martin, Work Group Leader
  • Jill Csekitz, Technical Specialist
  • Emily McArdle, Nutrient Criteria Coordinator
  • Jason Godeaux, Site-Specific Standards Coordinator
  • Kate Lavelle, Water Bacteria Coordinator
  • Debbie Miller, Toxic Criteria Coordinator & Water Quality Standards Rule Coordinator

As always, thank you for your interest in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.

Debbie Miller
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Water Quality Planning Division
Water Quality Standards

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Charlie Parker acts like residents approved exception to fracking setback – waiting 4 his move

HERE is my comment that may NOT get posted. Arlington TX Councilman Parker is EXPECTED to respond to my comment as this padsite is in the ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT: “I sent you a copy of an email dated 11/9/2015 about this Truman site actually NOT having the 70% support. Larry Smith signed a rescind in opposition to being within 600 ft but the city did NOT count his opposition. I have a copy of the rescind (Jim Parajon helped me find it when Collin could not-I have emails from CHK telling Collin that they show Mr Smith NOT in the approval stack, but Collin ignored their warning and incorrectly told them Mr. Smith was in favor). Collin Gregory was/is pretty cozy with the CHK folks on this…I have some disturbing interoffice emails between them making fun in having Mr Lake resign his approval for this Truman site…also Collins Park apartments had given BACK their $500 enticement money and Cluck admitted in the archive that he was aware of the check for that first vote. But once CHK got their continuance from that first vote, CHK gerrymandered OUT the Collins Park apartments so their opposition would not be counted. During the Christmas holidays, CHK BOUGHT off Jacob K. absentee landlord for three residential rental properties and the owner of the Buttermilk Cafe near the carwash. CHK also bought off the Calif absentee landlord of the duplexes. The only family owned home that signed approval to be within 600 feet was the 407 Truman property – the rest are absentee owners/landlords. I got about 100 real signatures from REAL stakeholders working and breathing in the immediate area. Then eight months later when the drilling zone vote came up on 9/4/12 for ten more wells, that brought back IN the Collins Park apartments, but no one bothered to tell them the vote was coming up again and so they were INCORRECTLY counted as being in approval (recall they were the ones to have 911 dispatch to Collins Park Apts for the Truman Chesapeake Odor Event 1/31/2013). So if you count the incorrectly signed waiver by the son of deceased Williams property, and if you count those waivers NOT on city letterhead, and if you count Mr Smith and Collins Park apartments, and if you count those ORIGINALLY opposed that were bought off, you would be SURE to need a majority council vote to approve ten more wells there. As for the platting and getting the signatures on the two plots, one was CHK and the other was the business partnership working with CHK to loan them money and then was sold to Michael Mallick of 111 Realty…who identifies on TAD as “Apple Nine Natural Gas Ventures” is really then a partnership and so why make two votes? They were desperate to force this…PIR emails show the CHK PR person uncomfortable that several council people were concerned that this may need to be passed by a majority vote. This pad site never should have been forced in this too tight of a space. Now that you know all of this…what are you going to do about it?”

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Fracked USA sign this LOCAL Government Petition on Urban Drilling

Live in a state like Texas where they banned fracking bans?

Worried drilling may start or come back to frack your town?

Then copy this petition add or delete, whatever just get this to your city council and get this conversation going NOW…not later…not when the price of NG goes back up…what have you got to risk but your health and property values?

Oh and don’t forget to send this to your local government elected officials.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Sheri Capehart <>; Jeff Williams <>; “” <>
Cc: Michael Glaspie <>; Robert Rivera <>; Lana Wolff <>; Charlie Parker <>; Jimmy Bennett <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Jim Parajon <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Cynthia Simmons <>; “” <>; Brett Shipp <>; Don Crowson <>; Cindy Powell <>; “” <>; Collin Gregory <>; Maria Carbajal <>; Chris Klaus <>; Chris Kite <>; Collin Gregory <>; Buzz Pishkur <>
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016 1:04 PM
Subject: …my shopping list for an improved urban drilling ordinance

Dear local ARLINGTON TX officials, if you cannot or will not limit your residential land use and ban fracking near our homes and schools, then in your Gas Drilling Ordinances your language must NOT have loopholes that allow the drilling operators to use rural methods of drilling in urban areas.

  • Your emergency responders to drilling emergencies must use spectrometers and other sensitive equipment for example to detect Benzene in parts per billion.
  • Your emergency response teams must not focus on just VOC’s or explosive conditions, they must use equipment that tests for relevant constituents such as found on the Frac Focus Chemcial Disclosure Registry including acids and aldehydes
  • While not an exhaustive list, they need to use catalytic converters on the lift compressors.
  • The blowdowns of the lift compressors must not go to the atmosphere, but to the storage tanks that are equipped with vapor recovery devices.
  • The flowback & work over/completion phases need to have closed hatch pressurized tanks equipped with gas busters/scrubbers. NO OPEN HATCH TANKS venting in our airshed.
  • The drilling rigs must be powered with electricity.
  • Any engine or compressor that cannot be electric must use purified natural gas NOT dirty field gas.
  • The drilling mud must not be exposed to the airshed and must not be allowed to be mudfarmed without NORM & other relevant testing.
  • The gas drilling ordinance must provide for a database alert system of pending/current active phases and current wind direction information so as to have the families decide to remove themselves from being downwind.
  • The ordinance must force the operator or the mineral owners to pay to have a state of the art, air monitoring mobile van using real time data at each active phase and quarterly drive-by air tests in the post production phase.
  • Each town must own their own infrared camera and each town should have a special nuisance ordinance geared just for urban drilling complaints with a focus on odors and particulates.
  • Money the city collects from drilling revenues must support having on staff an attorney to represent citizens in litigation with drilling nuisance grievances against operators violating this ordinance.
  • The trucks that are at the pad sites must not idle.
  • The trucks that arrive daily to evacuate the waste waters from the storage tanks must have a manifest document reported to the city that the same amount of fluids removed is the same amount of fluids that arrive at the injection well or recycling sites.
  • Recycled or re-purposed (fire fighting, brine road spray, etc.) waste water must be tested for radionuclides, Total Trihalomethanes, halogens, and other disinfectant related unwanted byproducts (frack on crack).
  • Each drill site must have a flood control program to not release storm flood waters into the environment, but rather be removed to an appropriate disposal site.
  • Each city should have an exit plan to have the wells plugged & abandoned (P&A) following the dramatic production drop and/or the well is no longer economic.
  • Any redevelopment following the removal of a pad site must be communicated to future buyers of the nearby P&A well heads.
  • These P&A sites must continue to have quarterly infrared inspections infinitely to check for methane leaks especially after any seismic events in the area.

Why is this important?

Some states have a ban on fracking bans and so it is up to the local government to protect citizen’s health and property values.
PS make them use less toxic frack sand too.
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Bubbly TAP water being tested by UTA CLEAR site is NE Grandbury TX near 377

Yesterday UTA CLEAR tested groundwater from a city-supplied-from-ground-water-well (not a private water well). The FB post speaks of having bubbly tap water and “..strange foamy fluid seeping through shallow soil”.

Being a city supplied source can mean others are impacted too and so to find the source of the city well….

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…and to hope the localized seepage is limited to the residence.

It doesn’t help that they are surrounded by frack wells…

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Here is the Facebook post….

Here is UTA CLEAR’s latest abstract, “…use for bacterial strain typing and bioremediation research..”!divAbstract


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Hey Arlington TX FYI Chesapeake saved by banks for now look at Goodrich & Quicksilver’s NG Bankruptcies

UPDATE 4/25/15 Swift Energy avoided bankruptcy (for now?)

UPDATE 4/19/16 Another one-this one a spin of off Chesapeake called SeventySeven

UPDATE 4/18/16 MORE TX bankruptcies

As of December 31, 2015, Chesapeake had $9.7 billion of outstanding debt. But saved by the banks (the BERNIE cringe?) is what this article says…. On 4/12/16 Seekingalpha writer wrote of Chesapeake “renewed credit agreement at a time when many oil and gas producers are bracing for large cuts to their credit lines;…”

The banks are betting this low NG cost environment won’t last long. I’ve read comments on how and when NG pricing “should” go back up:

  • that once the oil glut goes away (hyperbolic decline curve + the slow down of spudding new wells)
  • that the rebound of oil prices will extend to the NG sector and raise it’s pricing,
  • plus some are betting on El Nino swapping to La Nina (50% for winter of 2016) and having a really frigid winter(s), and
  • others are thinking the LNG exports will take off…

In January I blogged about when Chesapeake’s stock tanked and brought down with it stock pricing in the midstream sector (piplines/compressor stations).

Yesterday I blogged about another natural gas drilling operator planning debt-for-equity-swap type bankruptcy that cost the investors, but means the operations are not affected…this so as to protect the lenders….

By Patrick Fitzgerald April 1, 2016 4:52 p.m. ET

“Prepackaged bankruptcies—meaning a company files for chapter 11 with an exit plan in hand that has already been approved by creditors—…. senior lenders would be paid in full or have their debt reinstated. The reorganized Goodrich, which drills for crude oil and natural gas in the Tuscaloosa Marine shale formation in Louisiana and Mississippi, would emerge from the anticipated bankruptcy as a going concern with its day-to-day operations substantially intact”.

In contrast to the Goodrich (planned) pre-packaged bankruptcy was the recent ASSET sale of Quicksilver last January  to Blueridge…new owners now and some of these old Quicksilver padsites are adjacent to our Lake Arlington drinking water supply and YES we have laterals under that lake!

And then there is THIS!


Regardless of the type of saving graces for these padsites in our neighborhoods from:

  • banks taking on risk (Chesapeake),
  • debt-for-equity chapter 11 (Goodrich), or
  • bankruptcy auctions of assets to new ownership (Quicksilver to Blueridge),
  • asset sales to reduce debt in lieu of bankruptcies

in the end it is the citizens taking on the risk.

We are STAKEHOLDERS in breathing the air living near these padsites & drinking water (surface or ground) that may become or are-already-showing-signs-of O&G contamination (right here in Arlington).

We get to stand by and helpless witness the demise of these padsites (while not an exhaustive list) to:

  • second tier drillers,
  • aging of infrastructures,
  • crazy weather flooding out or hailing out these padsites, and possibly in the future,
  • terrorism targets.

OUR quality of life and risk to OUR health hangs in the balance (or should I say BALANCE SHEETS) in this transitional time that we are trying to break from fossil fuels.

This however is happening in a slow motion pace as we try to starve off global warming which is being worsened by methane leaks from all the mining for fossil fuels that MUST be left in the ground. How can YOU help?  Use less, recycle, repurpose, get solar/wind, go EV etc…..oh and ….elect BERNIE.

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