Arlington Revising GW Ordinance as More Stringent is a Lip Mover

The City of Arlington’s worksession on Tues, 11/13/18 had talk of becoming more stringent in their gas well drilling ordinance.
In the end they probably still won’t get their inspectors or AFD a FLIR camera to see what’s leaking. They still want to leave the air quality complaints to TCEQ purvue.
The email below doesn’t even address other issues I’ve uncovered over the years such as the risk of radioactive mud farming, flowing back in open top containers, not flowing back immediately and letting the flowback sour, to name a few.
Leaving TCEQ n charge of air quality is the biggest copout and I am so glad term limits are headed their way even though they are already trying to undo the Nov 6 vote!
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Jessica Youngblood <jessica.youngblood@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Roxanne Thalman <roxanne.thalman@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Helen Moise <helen.moise@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2018 10:26 AM
Subject: Points to make and requsts to let Dr. Cynthia Simmons spearhead the changes to our Gas Well ordinance
During the day session you took each component of what (surface wise) our town as a Home Rule City can regulate on the gas well ordinance to become more stringent. This in the wake of HB40 cracking down on setback defacto bans and citizen lead petitions oj fracking bans.
Setbacks:
I disagree when Mayor Williams called the citizen notification from 600 ft to quarter mile “significant” (now that the STR’s will be too)…how disingenious to compare the two ordinances when the STR issues relate to mere nuisance and the GW ordinance is of both nuisance AND PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS in living near industrial processes.
Willams does not understand or pretends that this “public notifiacation” will make a difference when our current GW ordinance allows an exception to the 600 ft setback via a 70% (paid off) landowner(s) approval (to be closer than 600 ft down to at the most 300 ft setback). I have seen Councilman Shepard quiz speakers to see if they reside within the City AND the 600 foot setback.
Tuesday after the day worksession, I thanked Councilwoman Capehart for suggesting we do away with the 70% and have ALL setback exception requests undergo a supermajority council vote. I reminded her that within a 70% landowner search (as I found with the Truman site) that one landowner can own many parcels which count as separate votes too which adds to the voting disparity. There is nothing in our ordinance that give renters a vote that live in that buffer. Generally these land owners can also be out of town owners getting to decide to be closer than 600 feet when they won’t share that added risk.
All of this political posturing I witnessed Tuesday has the appearance of public health and nuisance concerns at heart. Now lets see some action.
Air Quality
I have spoken over the years on almost all drilling agenda items because I myself am downwind to additional pollutants steming from our industrialization of our good town. Here are the rebuttals from the day session I want to post to you and on my blog and the driving force in having you ask Dr Simmons to take on this public health responsibility in the GW ordinance changes.
It is a cop out to continue to allow TCEQ to respond to air quality complaints as they have 24 hours to come out and take an air sample and then we wait 6 weeks for the results…..which by that time the emission event is usually gone, and their suma canister sampling BTEX related of 50 constituent misses some pollutants such as formaldehyde, The air testing needs to be continuous as TexWells just called for in a recent Dallas News editorial calling for what I am asking YOU to add to your ordinance (I boldfaced for emphasis) ….”One prospective policy reform is to adopt the 1,000 feet distance while requiring operators to conduct continual air quality monitoring, with the data available to all concerned parties”.
 
There is recognition that the TCEQ suma snapshot is a pic in time that is dependant on the meterological conditions and the timing of grabbing the sample DURING the offensive odors as they are occurring. I have asked Sargent Crowsen to at least keep a suma on hand…maybe Jessica’s team can arrange this with TCEQ?
Our state nuisance laws encompass duration as a consideration. Some the active phases of drilling/fracking/drilling out the plugs..etc. are intermittent which makes nuisance offenses hard to pin down (the Truman Downtown Entertainment Odor Event of January 2013 that I sued Chesapeake in small claims court wher in pretrial the only evidence allowed was an email proving they lied to the City and the state about the location and source of the odor. Of note I could not get the 2013 Truman Emission Event TCEQ inspector’s field notes that died with him on a Houston hwy accident.
The (appointed, retired) judge threw out my case because I had no engineer report and had no doctors report confirming odors entering my home and cause eye burn and my mother-in-law to have malaise of which others also had health issues too when I Interviewed them. So we need a better criteria to find nuisance offenses in our GW ordinance.
 
Noise
As I wrote in the Facebook Arlington Texas Talk UNcensored… “they (you) only bothered to say what decibles above the ambient noise they could decrease by… (currently they (you) try to regulate any exceedances 5 db above ambient in the day and 3 db above ambient at night)……they (you) did not address the harmful low frequency harm that, Jane Lynn reminded me of…please check out this 2014 Ft Worth Weekly fracking related article out…. .Compressing Agony
So please find with this email our official request to add to our GW ordinance to minimize low-frequency noise.
 
Dust
OSHA has revamped their particulate laws that went into effect back in October of 2017 but have allowed an additional 3-4 years (June 2021) for the oil & gas industry to figure out how to contain their silica dust flying during fracking…I myself have had my car dusted and I live 1,200 feet away from the Truman drillsite. I have asked the fire department to be present to water down any flying radioactive fracking dust, maybe that can be added to the ordinance too? 
The most effective way you can become more stringent (without violating HB40) at this point of an almost build out drilling town is to deny ALL 37 remaining drillingzones in Arlington so they cannot finish the buildout.
For starters please take Capeharts suggestion to enact a supermajority to all setback exceptions and have Dr Simmons be more involved, thank you.
Thank you
Kim Feil
Musician and Fracivist
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As I published this today, WordPress notified me it was my 1,000th post.
I don’t feel so proud in having neglected my family and my music all these fracking years…but I WILL NEVER GIVE UP THIS FIGHT AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU!
 
 
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Arlington set for Defacto Ban on STR’s

Lets keep the pressure on Gincy Thoppil and Jim Parajon to make sure the Specific Use Permit $ fee for Short Term Rentals is reasonable so as to not result in a defacto ban…as it is the SUP process in itself will be onerous and discriminatory in that Long Term Rentals don’t have to go through that same process. I find STR’s are better kept than LTR’s by absentee landlords…at least the STR’s have reviews on the internet and so an incentive for the STR’s to be well kept.
 
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From: Gincy Thoppil <Gincy.Thoppil@arlingtontx.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2018 5:06 PM
Subject: RE: $1000 SUP for STR’s?
 
Ms. Feil,
 
We have not calculated a fee yet, because we have not come up with a staff review process for the SUP application yet. What I told Ms. Brown is the standard fee for all other SUPs is $1,000 +$50/acre.
 
 
Hope that clarifies!
 
Thanks,
 
 
Gincy Thoppil, AICP
Director | 817-459-6662
 
Planning & Development Services
Kim Triolo Feil I see no charge for SUP without zoning change and $1,000 here for SUP with zoning change…http://www.arlington-tx.gov/pds/zoning/fees/

Manage

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Ashleigh Weaver Brown Yes Gincy at P&Z told me it would be the 1000 for SUP with zoning change.

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Kim Triolo Feil Jim Parajon just emailed me…
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From: Jim Parajon <Jim.Parajon@arlingtontx.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2018 1:22 PM
Subject: RE: Where can I find who said from the City that the SUP was probably going to be $1,000 plus $50/acre?
Kim,

I do not know where you may have heard something like that but we have not calculated a recommended fee for this yet.

Ashleigh Weaver Brown Kim Triolo Feil Gincy Thoppil – Head of Planning & Development for Arlington who is in charge of the SUP process. She said that is her departments set fee for an SUP so it is unlikely to change unless the City determined that the process was to change/shorten significantly. That is what I was told by her at least and I confirmed with her twice. Sounds like some miscommunication between the City – I do hope what you heard is the case though 🤷‍♀️
Dear Senator Kelly Hancock,
Arlington is proposing $1000 Special Use Permit fee plus $50/acre to be able to legally run a short term rental property. Instead of an all out ban which is unconstitutional, their next best step is a defacto ban on short term rentals with an extortionistic price of $1000 and a cumbersome, multi-layered SUP process.
New Orleans has $150 fee

nola str fee

and Waco charges $150 plus $50 for subsequent years……..

waco str fee

Please let us know if you can get some legislation going on a ban on STR bans…just like HB40, a ban on fracking bans…if we have to live with gaswells why can’t we live with short term rentals? The long term rentals are not kept up as nice as STRs due to the feedback visitors can provide on the internet.
Long term renters in our experience are damaging to our rental homes…we could make the same amount of money with 40 days a year as a STR verses the wear and tear associated with 365 days/yr with people who trash rental properties.
Thank You for listening.
Kim Feil
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Will NCTCOG Pursue Class Action Suit for HB40 Reversal?

We don’t need anymore frown halls after an Arlington fracking emission event…
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Jenny Narvaez <jnarvaez@nctcog.org>; Chris Klaus <cklaus@nctcog.org>; “mmorris@nctcog.org” <mmorris@nctcog.org>; Rachel Evans <revans@nctcog.org>; Chris Turner <chris.turner@house.texas.gov>; “chris.turner@house.state.tx.us” <chris.turner@house.state.tx.us>
Cc: Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Roxanne Thalman <roxanne.thalman@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2018 1:17 PM
Subject: NCTCOG role to assist Arlington’s fight against HB40
Our Barnett Shale is seeing a resurgence in drilling for natural gas in the urban areas. The midstream (pipeline) operators and (lease loaded) shut in fees make throughput demands on the drilling operators to keep the gas flowing.
https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/why-barnett-shale-urban-drilling-is-ba-a-c-c-k/. Of recent, the noticeable gaswell padsite activity where rigs are (or were recently) up are at: Sue Barnett SE Parkway by New York, Fannin Farms south of Stovall Park, Cornerstone Site at Matlock & Nathan Lowe, and the Fulson site at Sublett and 360.
The fact is now we have aging wells, storage tanks, separators, and lift compressors. That our two biggest operators in Arlington, Chesapeake and Carrizo, are now long gone and ownership has since changed twice (what we call a third tier driller) makes it expensive for the operators to take on padsite maintenance and responsibility for the legacy wells.
September 10, 2018 a pin hole leak developed in an old 2010 drilled Carrizo well at the Fannin Farm padsite and the safety features to keep the well from exploding released the pressure and contents from the well. Fortunately this was captured on a drone video, Fracking Accident
Before the accident, the residents were already complaining about the non-neighborly actions of Saddle Operating LLC. One person complained about all the diesel odors. Here is an upscale new development in north Arlington where we captured such a diesel plume…
In response to the emission event, Councilwoman Capehart explained at her frownhall meeting (see footage here) that HB40 ties their hands in stopping new wells.
During the meeting, Sargent Crowsen was asked about how many accidents they tend to in a one years time and he replied that they responded to about 10 to 15 a year. He added that some issues included “washouts” and separator related malfunctions. Aside from the Lake Arlington event, here are a couple of month of “APRIL” events where a similar fog enveloped the areas (one where the fire dept followed a two block wide plume into the neighborhoods across from Hutchinson Jr High) years ago when the infrastructure was relatively “new”….https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/?s=april. I attached on this email a Pic 10/18/17 8am north of I30 and east of 820 white plume. 
emission event kim snapped and blogged on silica standard
I have been asking for Arlington lead in challenging HB40 (a ban on fracking bans) for HomeRule authority but Councilwoman Capehart argued that that the City of Arlington had already lost a lawsuit (brought by the industry when they tried to impose fees to cover the almost $500K/yr on ave expense for Arlington Fire Department to be trained to respond to drill site emission events). Councilwoman Capehart does not want the City of Arlington to challenge HB40 with another lawsuit, hence why I am writing to North Central Texas Council of Government to build into your next budget to prepare for class action litigation with the financial support of other towns that will also benefit from the reversal of HB40 and the restoration of Home Rule Law.
Our last legislative session had failed bills challenging HB40, so the legislative route is ineffective. Our north central Texas cities supporting NCTCOG can utilize your efficiencies of scale as the appropriate entity for a multi-city class action lawsuit to reverse HB40. 
We can no longer allow HB40 to trump Home Rule Law and we do not want our council hiding behind HB40’s at gaswell permit hearings like I witnessed of Councilwoman Myers for the recent Cornerstone permits. 
We do not want to have these frownhall meetings after emission events that will be more frequent as these wells age. 
Council would still have been in compliance to HB40 if they would have adhered to their 600 ft set back in our ordinance as the drillers have enjoyed being able to be here in Arlington with our 600 ft stipulated setbacks. It is greed in my opinion that council allows exceptions to the 600 ft rule.
I believe that even with HB40 reversed that our city council will continue to approve more wells for financial reasons at the expense of our residents near these drill site to endure repeated emission events. Our 2019 budget in Arlington shows we collect revenues from the drilling operators in inspection fees of $1.1 million and a projected $483,325 expenditure by the Arlington Fire Department for gas well response readiness. To date urban drilling has accumulated $100 million in our ATF fund and dispersed $20 million in grants off of the interest earned from the ATF. We have used $50 million as a loan for Texas LIVE.
But at some point the Cities may start to see the financial downside on abandoned wells from limited liability companies.
Aging padsites can be a financial drain to the ever changing LLC operators and Arlington has already about 350 gaswells drilled starting back in 2006. The rate of operator bankruptcies acknowledged by the RRC and the cost for plugging abandoned wells is quite shocking. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/as-of-january-2015-frackers-racked-up-25-billion-debt-in-texas-bankruptcies/.
A special committee back in 2016 showed that the City of Arlington thinks the state will step in on any abandoned padsite, however the state has claimed they do not have the money and have to prioritize the worst leakers first… 
Aside from the risk the Cities take on operators going bankrupt, the surface value of the actual padsites has lost up to 95% taxable value as the highest and best use is…well…a gas well.  A perfect example is when I blogged about when the

Chesapeake padsite near ATT Cowboy Stadium lost $12 million taxable value over 5 yr period on 6.7 acres prime land https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/chesapeake-cowboy-stadium-truman-drill-site-devaluated-3-million-on-6-7-acres-prime-land/

Now the hard part…even if we handle the financial risk of bankruptcies and continue to use the drilling money to pad our budgets, there is the public backlash on the health risks long term on urban drilling as we were the guinea pigs. Most doctors and attorneys will not take these types of cases in court as they are almost impossible to prove the drillers harmed the public with exposures. The drillers should have to prove they did not harm us. At the recent frownhall meeting, people were heard in the videos claiming health effects.
We have failed local leadership in my opinion in protecting citizens from the risk of high impact industrial activities in our neighborhoods, churches, and schools. Will the NCTCOG assist us in get protective measures in place (reversal of HB40) so that when we elect new leadership (#teamtermlimits), we can then begin to ban urban drilling and make Arlington liveable again?
Do we dare to wait and make similar headlines if we find fracking silica dust in umbilical chords?  While we have had low birth weight issues before fracking, it is important not to worsen the problem with urban drilling. In trying to understand low birth weight mechanisms, in this article, soot particles from a nearby coal plant were found in umbilical chords ….
 
Air pollution harms unborn babies. Now we might know why., “Once the coal-fired plant was shut down, birth outcomes in the region improved: The likelihood of having a low-birthweight baby decreased by 15 percent after the plant was closed. The chances of a nearby resident having a preterm birth dropped by nearly 30 percent”.
A Montreal study from November of 2017 found Benzene byproducts in pregnant women near fracking…https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/study-benzene-byproducts-found-in-pregnant-women-near-fracking-sites.
Please advise on how NCTCOG can represent us in court, thank you.
Kim Feil
https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/ 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, Nuisance No 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, or property.
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Footage from Fannin Farms Fracking Fail Frownhall Meeting in Arlington Gasland Texas

Councilwoman Capehart aka loves da’ blood money from fracking…..held a frownhall meeting for residents gassed on 9/10/18 …
The meeting was held on 9/19/18 at the Arlington Southwest Library. Be sure to make comments on any of these videos and also watch this video about health affects, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BKfEvZ9LxA&t=539s.
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:51 AM
Subject: Rash on arm
Hello Kim, it was nice meeting and talking with you yesterday at the town hall meeting. I have attached a picture….
creamer rash fracking
with the rash on my wife’s arm that won’t go away. Also, at the meeting I told you that the left side of my face was swelling up from time to time without any reason. But I forgot to tell you the last time my face swelled up (about a month ago) that both sides of my face swelled up pretty bad (looked like a monster) and also my throat swelled up as well. It was hard to breath when I laid down to go to sleep. Actually, that night that my throat swelled up I couldn’t go to sleep cause when I laid down I couldn’t breathe, so I stayed up till 4:30am in the morning until I could finally breathe a little better and get some sleep.
Thanks Kim, take care!
As usual with this blog is my communication letters……
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 8:26 AM
Subject: Fracking accident in Arlington drone video and meeting tonight
FYI..lots of activity…..Rigs are up at Sue Barnett SE Parkway by New York, Fannin Farms south of Stovall Park, Cornerstone Site at Matlock & Nathan Lowe, and the Fulson site at Sublett and 360.
We, our City, needs to challenge HB40.
Kim Feil

On Sep 19, 2018, at 7:54 AM, kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net> wrote to media:

The cost is his identity?……which in my opinion could have serious ramifications if there are any laws breached about flying a drone too close to sensitive infrastructures or rather class B airspace that needs permission like near the ATT Stadium….unfortunately the frackers/eco-terrorists would likely push to make some type of investigation in calling the drone operator the “terrorist” if the drone failed and crashed and inadvertently causes a storage tank to explode or damage any pad site equipment. 
He is a hero in my book for capturing this footage and I for one would start a gofundme if anything happens to him financially.
Hope you will be at tonight’s stakeholder meeting on this emission event to come see how they (city and frackers) handle the Community outrage for the gas leak near Fannin Farm south of Stovall Park on September 19th 2018 6:30 pm at 3311 SW Green Oaks in Arlington.
Here is the text from a community meeting invite, https://www.facebook.com/events/1878381608923224/ As reported by a resident on Nextdoor

Monday 9/10″

“A serious leak happened at the Fannin Farms drill site on September 10. Councilwoman Capehart is hosting a town hall for residents.

https://youtu.be/M1j8uTAf2No Drone footage with my recount of the night.

Approximately 3 AM I heard a loud hissing like an high pressure line had blew out at the gas well. Called fire department they arrived in 10 minutes and were on scene for over an hour. I spoke with the firemen once the leak had been turned off, he didn’t know what substance was polluting the air.

I’ll tell you this, the neighborhood which runs along Park Green Drive and Garden Green Drive was absolutely being smothered with this unknown toxic chemical. I feel bad for everyone in that neighborhood breathing this unknown substance for over 1 1/2 hours it tasted bitter and terrible.

Just before posting this @ 6 AM smelled a rotten egg odor in the air that rig is a mess!”

From: YouTube <noreply@youtube.com>
To: Kim Feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:27 PM
Subject: CJ C replied to you

(comments found on youtube)

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Roxanne Thalman <roxanne.thalman@arlingtontx.gov>; Helen Moise <helen.moise@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Self <jim.self@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:25 AM
Subject: Fannin Farms emission event —You guys should’ve pushed the red button…why wait?
Saddle said that an old Carrizo well developed a pinhole size leak and the acoustic detectors showed a leak….and the guy lives far away is why it took so long to shut it off…think of how many old wells Arlington now has….we just need to tell the first neighbor on site to push the red friggen button so people don’t get exposed to these unknown VOCS!
In fact you should have town halls all over Arlington educating people about how to enter a padsite and pull the dam red button rather than have us breathe that stuff!!
Give us good reasons why we cannot pull the red button and shut in the padsite until the frackers arrive?
Keep a suma cannister on your AFD Frack response vehicles….its that simple…we want to know what we breathe when these things spew!
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FANNIN Farms City Council meeting, Sept 2017 background….
For the Fannin drill zone (SUP09-3R2 at 2322 Eden Rd by Pump it Up Cheer TX near the compressor station where they already had a 2.3 Benzene reading) in the staff report, the city asked the driller twice to hold a neighborhood meeting but they never did!  
There were two speakers in opposition of which one, Bradley Evans, spoke of how the operator was gerrymandering (shortening the drillzone) to reduce the number of waivers needed from 40 down to 26 (Gee that sounds like a tip from Chesapeake’s play book for the fracksite near ATT Stadium). He clarified that the noise folks were complaining about was during the workover performed on the existing 5 wells recently and how the noise complaints were also outside of the 600ft setback.
The rebuttal to the speakers, a representative from Saddle Operating, LLC (Limited Liability Corp) spoke of offering the http://smalleyfnd.org/overview/youths-and-school-programs to go into the schools and educate the kiddos on fracking…this after there was conversation of teens in a truck trespassing on the Fannin property. The other Saddle rep earlier mentioned how the last owner, Enervest owed the city $126K, but that THEY paid it…oh golly gee what good neighbors they will be!
We were informed of the subsurface “surprise” Saddle was saddled with to the the tune of $1.3 million spent to get the piping that was in pieces out of the ground and replaced after they acquired the property. In a way he did a disservice to the industry in showing how costly it is to spring for updating corrosive, failed equipment…of course he did not elaborate on any environmental impacts of the failed piping….
Oh and let me remind folks that the owner of these Arlington drill sites was first Carrizo, then Enervest, and now it is Saddle….saddled with debt?…saddled with repairs at other sites? This equipment is old now ….and since they are a limited liability company…oh gee, who pays for repairs they cannot afford to do down the road?
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Jenny Narvaez <jnarvaez@nctcog.org>; Chris Klaus <cklaus@nctcog.org>; “mmorris@nctcog.org” <mmorris@nctcog.org>; Rachel Evans <revans@nctcog.org>; Chris Turner <chris.turner@house.texas.gov>; “chris.turner@house.state.tx.us” <chris.turner@house.state.tx.us>
Cc: Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Roxanne Thalman <roxanne.thalman@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2018 1:17 PM
Subject: NCTCOG role to assist Arlington’s fight against HB40
Our Barnett Shale is seeing a resurgence in drilling for natural gas in the urban areas. The midstream (pipeline) operators and (lease loaded) shut in fees make throughput demands on the drilling operators to keep the gas flowing.
https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/why-barnett-shale-urban-drilling-is-ba-a-c-c-k/. Of recent, the noticeable gaswell padsite activity where rigs are (or were recently) up are at: Sue Barnett SE Parkway by New York, Fannin Farms south of Stovall Park, Cornerstone Site at Matlock & Nathan Lowe, and the Fulson site at Sublett and 360.
The fact is now we have aging wells, storage tanks, separators, and lift compressors. That our two biggest operators in Arlington, Chesapeake and Carrizo, are now long gone and ownership has since changed twice (what we call a third tier driller) makes it expensive for the operators to take on padsite maintenance and responsibility for the legacy wells.
September 10, 2018 a pin hole leak developed in an old 2010 drilled Carrizo well at the Fannin Farm padsite and the safety features to keep the well from exploding released the pressure and contents from the well. Fortunately this was captured on a drone video, Fracking Accident
Before the accident, the residents were already complaining about the non-neighborly actions of Saddle Operating LLC. One person complained about all the diesel odors. Here is an upscale new development in north Arlington where we captured such a diesel plume…
In response to the emission event, Councilwoman Capehart explained at her frownhall meeting (see footage here) that HB40 ties their hands in stopping new wells.
During the meeting, Sargent Crowsen was asked about how many accidents they tend to in a one years time and he replied that they responded to about 10 to 15 a year. He added that some issues included “washouts” and separator related malfunctions. Aside from the Lake Arlington event, here are a couple of month of “APRIL” events where a similar fog enveloped the areas (one where the fire dept followed a two block wide plume into the neighborhoods across from Hutchinson Jr High) years ago when the infrastructure was relatively “new”….https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/?s=april. I attached on this email a Pic 10/18/17 8am north of I30 and east of 820 white plume. 
emission event kim snapped and blogged on silica standard
I have been asking for Arlington lead in challenging HB40 (a ban on fracking bans) for HomeRule authority but Councilwoman Capehart argued that that the City of Arlington had already lost a lawsuit (brought by the industry when they tried to impose fees to cover the almost $500K/yr on ave expense for Arlington Fire Department to be trained to respond to drill site emission events). Councilwoman Capehart does not want the City of Arlington to challenge HB40 with another lawsuit, hence why I am writing to North Central Texas Council of Government to build into your next budget to prepare for class action litigation with the financial support of other towns that will also benefit from the reversal of HB40 and the restoration of Home Rule Law.
Our last legislative session had failed bills challenging HB40, so the legislative route is ineffective. Our north central Texas cities supporting NCTCOG can utilize your efficiencies of scale as the appropriate entity for a multi-city class action lawsuit to reverse HB40. 
We can no longer allow HB40 to trump Home Rule Law and we do not want our council hiding behind HB40’s at gaswell permit hearings like I witnessed of Councilwoman Myers for the recent Cornerstone permits. 
We do not want to have these frownhall meetings after emission events that will be more frequent as these wells age. 
Council would still have been in compliance to HB40 if they would have adhered to their 600 ft set back in our ordinance as the drillers have enjoyed being able to be here in Arlington with our 600 ft stipulated setbacks. It is greed in my opinion that council allows exceptions to the 600 ft rule.
I believe that even with HB40 reversed that our city council will continue to approve more wells for financial reasons at the expense of our residents near these drill site to endure repeated emission events. Our 2019 budget in Arlington shows we collect revenues from the drilling operators in inspection fees of $1.1 million and a projected $483,325 expenditure by the Arlington Fire Department for gas well response readiness. To date urban drilling has accumulated $100 million in our ATF fund and dispersed $20 million in grants off of the interest earned from the ATF. We have used $50 million as a loan for Texas LIVE.
But at some point the Cities may start to see the financial downside on abandoned wells from limited liability companies.
Aging padsites can be a financial drain to the ever changing LLC operators and Arlington has already about 350 gaswells drilled starting back in 2006. The rate of operator bankruptcies acknowledged by the RRC and the cost for plugging abandoned wells is quite shocking. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/as-of-january-2015-frackers-racked-up-25-billion-debt-in-texas-bankruptcies/.
A special committee back in 2016 showed that the City of Arlington thinks the state will step in on any abandoned padsite, however the state has claimed they do not have the money and have to prioritize the worst leakers first… 
Aside from the risk the Cities take on operators going bankrupt, the surface value of the actual padsites has lost up to 95% taxable value as the highest and best use is…well…a gas well.  A perfect example is when I blogged about when the

Chesapeake padsite near ATT Cowboy Stadium lost $12 million taxable value over 5 yr period on 6.7 acres prime land https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/chesapeake-cowboy-stadium-truman-drill-site-devaluated-3-million-on-6-7-acres-prime-land/

Now the hard part…even if we handle the financial risk of bankruptcies and continue to use the drilling money to pad our budgets, there is the public backlash on the health risks long term on urban drilling as we were the guinea pigs. Most doctors and attorneys will not take these types of cases in court as they are almost impossible to prove the drillers harmed the public with exposures. The drillers should have to prove they did not harm us. At the recent frownhall meeting, people were heard in the videos claiming health effects.
We have failed local leadership in my opinion in protecting citizens from the risk of high impact industrial activities in our neighborhoods, churches, and schools. Will the NCTCOG assist us in get protective measures in place (reversal of HB40) so that when we elect new leadership (#teamtermlimits), we can then begin to ban urban drilling and make Arlington liveable again?
Do we dare to wait and make similar headlines if we find fracking silica dust in umbilical chords?  While we have had low birth weight issues before fracking, it is important not to worsen the problem with urban drilling. In trying to understand low birth weight mechanisms, in this article, soot particles from a nearby coal plant were found in umbilical chords ….
 
Air pollution harms unborn babies. Now we might know why., “Once the coal-fired plant was shut down, birth outcomes in the region improved: The likelihood of having a low-birthweight baby decreased by 15 percent after the plant was closed. The chances of a nearby resident having a preterm birth dropped by nearly 30 percent”.
A Montreal study from November of 2017 found Benzene byproducts in pregnant women near fracking…https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/study-benzene-byproducts-found-in-pregnant-women-near-fracking-sites.
Please advise on how NCTCOG can represent us in court, thank you.
Kim Feil
https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/ 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, Nuisance No 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, or property.
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Meadowbrook Padsite Yields 75% LESS Taxes

 

 

……….update…Open Records Request with City of Arlington…….

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Sent: Friday, September 7, 2018 11:33 AM
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09/07/2018

Dear Kim Feil,

Your public information request to the City of Arlington, received 8/28/2018, has been referred to me for response. We have searched our records and have been unable to locate any records maintained by the City responsive to your request. However, I received the following information from the Finance Department that may be helpful:

Here are the revenues that the City has received:

 

Aug – Sept 2017                 FY17       1,770,023.11

Oct – July 2018                   FY18       6,280,340.25

Last 12 Months                                8,050,363.36

 

We do not have the tax values for pad sites.  TAD (Tarrant Appraisal District) would have these records.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

DAWN ROBERTS

Assistant City Attorney

City of Arlington | City Attorney’s Office

www.arlingtontx.gov

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Burning question…..if the padsite surface valuation at…

8225 Meadowbrook is 75% less (.50 cents sq ft TAD#05304067) than comparable nearby 8301 Meadowbrook ($2 sq ft TAD#05302633), does the SUBsurface mineral taxes make up, exceed, or fall short had we not ever fracked there?

tad land 8225 meadowbrook

8225 Meadowbrook padsite C1C Vacant Land Commercial Land Sqft 414,255

8301 meadowbrook

White balloon marker is 8301 Meadowbrook. The padsite to the left is 8225 Meadowbrook

tad 8301 meadowbrook

8301 Meadowbrook C1C Vacant Land Commercial Land Sqft 263,407

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Meadowbrook Ranch 370 ft from frack site

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update on Zestimate 2018 Now worth $574,826

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Arlington Resident’s $15 Mineral Tax Bill in Home Lien Status

benzene perry 2011

2011 pic of “Benzene”, Arlington mascot against urban fracking, with then Gov Perry head….and Arlington council people pics in background….currently Benzene has been re purposed as “Noodles” darning a Truth Vinyl tee shirt and fish head….I was respectful to never bring him to a City Council meeting…(knowing Cluck would have him thrown out like he did me on two occasions)…but Benzene did attend EVERY TCEQ and EPA hearing that was held in the Arlington chamber room.

 

Back in 2012 I blogged….https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/arlington-tomorrow-foundation-preparing-for-negative-royalties/   but so far only ONE lien on property…how many more out there?

MINERAL TAX ALERT for TARRANT COUNTY residents……….Be advised that Chesapeake left the Barnett Shale and was sold off to 25% French stakeholder, Total, and they are back adding on to existing drill sites (Cornerstone Church is fracking near their children’s playground that council asked them to move but they did not).…your neighborhood could be next…what to do? Lay down and spread yer legs cause the minerals and their upcoming TAD catch-up tax bills are heading our way as well…..check your mineral tax balance where you pay your property taxes at the courthouse in downtown Arlington cause there are discussions happening right now on Nextdoor Neighbor.com about a lien put on a home for a past due $15 tax bill on the minerals they extracted under her property years ago. In 2014 and 2015 I was told by a courthouse clerk on 7/25/2018 that TAD FAILED to send the tax bills out albeit as small as they were/are….but last month they sent a round of “catch up bills”…..more billings to come we expect. Don’t ignore your bill if it comes from a collection agency attorney office…it is real…and this lady is trying to understand how her first alert of owing this money comes as a late lien…..Here is a cut & Paste from Nextdoor.com

mineral tax lien

“Has anyone received a letter from an attorney (mine was from the office of Perdue,Brandon,Fielder,Collins & Mott, L.L.P.) ATTORNEYS AT LAW

Titled: NOTICE OF TAX LIEN It states that I owe the Arlington Independent School District $15.67 for 2015 Mineral Interests on my property . So I called the attorney office and asked why I was receiving this letter and why on earth would there be a tax lien on my property for a past due amount of $15.67. I also asked does that mean they could take my property… and she said yes. If anyone has also received a letter like this please let me know. I told the receptionist I thought that this sounds like a land grab to me. From the sound of her voice I thought she sounded embarrassed. I think it might be a good idea that anyone who receives periodic checks for mineral rights might consider checking with this attorneys office or the appraisal district so they can update the tax rolls. Vickie said that they were receiving notices for 2014, 2015 and so on. I would hate to see if maybe someones notice might have been lost in the mail or delivered to the wrong address might hear about it too late. I don’t like the sound of this. I get offers to buy my house almost every day as I’m sure most all of you have also so… I would like to know what is going on. Please express your opinions. I don’t like what I am seeing or hearing”.

 

Want more fracking info? Here’s another Arlington TX fracked resident blogger article of recent…. http://fishcreekmonitor.blogspot.com/2018/07/arlington-texas-government-kremlin.html

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Up to 17% Methane Leak Rates Found Making NG worse than Coal by 80 Times!

UPDATE  (aerial flyovers? detect less than the drive bys) but still the EPA is off by at least half!

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Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:34 PM
Subject: Ammo 2 fight HB40 – New Study Finds U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 60 Percent Higher Than EPA Reports

Told ya so!
U R frying us!!!!!!!!!!1
This is ammunition to better challenge HB40 in C O U R T !!!!!!
We want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local controlWe want local control!
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Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:02 PM
Subject: New Study Finds U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 60 Percent Higher Than EPA Reports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Stacy MacDiarmid, (512) 691-3439, smacdiarmid@edf.org

New Study Finds U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 60 Percent Higher Than EPA Reports
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jun. 21, 2018) A study available today in the journal Science finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year—nearly 60 percent more than currently estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The higher overall methane leak rate underscores a growing business and environmental challenge for natural gas in an increasingly competitive, lower-carbon economy. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, with more than 80 times the climate warming impact of carbon dioxide over a 20-year timespan. It is also the main ingredient in natural gas.
The new study estimates the current leak rate from the U.S. oil and gas system is 2.3 percent, versus the current EPA inventory estimate of 1.4 percent. Although the percentages seem small, the volume represents enough natural gas to fuel 10 million homes – lost gas worth an estimated $2 billion. The study was led by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) researchers, with support from 19 co-authors from 15 other institutions. They conducted new research and integrated more than half a decade of underlying research on methane emissions. This original body of science was conducted by more than 140 researchers from 40 institutions in cooperation with 50 oil and gas companies that provided site access and technical advice.
“These studies, synthesized in this Science paper, have transformed our understanding of methane emissions from natural gas systems in the United States,” said Professor David Allen, of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, who is a contributor to the new paper and lead author on several of the earlier studies. 

The findings reported feature measurements at over 400 well pads in six basins and scores of midstream facilities, data from component measurements, and aerial surveys covering large swaths of U.S. oil and gas infrastructure. 

“This is by far the most comprehensive body of research of its kind,” said EDF Chief Scientist Steven Hamburg, who is a co-author of the paper. “Scientists have uncovered a huge problem, but also an enormous opportunity. Reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is the fastest, most cost-effective way we have to slow the rate of warming today, even as the larger transition to lower-carbon energy continues.”

The International Energy Agency estimates industry can reduce its worldwide emissions by 75 percent – and that up to two-thirds of those reductions can be realized at zero net cost.
“Although we confirmed that methane emissions are substantially higher than previously thought, the good news is that our new understanding provides a cost-effective path forward to eliminate the waste of this valuable resource,” said Allen Robinson, who is a co-author, professor, and department head of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
Leading companies are beginning to recognize the challenge, but action to reduce emissions is only just getting started. In April, BP set its first quantitative methane target. Last month ExxonMobil committed to cut methane emissions and flared gas volumes, following an earlier announcement from its subsidiary XTO Energy that unveiled their methane reduction program. Shell, Qatar Petroleum, and a host of other producers have committed to continuously reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain.
Overall, EDF is calling for a 45 percent reduction in global oil and gas methane emissions by 2025 – a goal that would have the same short-term climate benefit as closing one-third of the world’s coal plants when achieved.
“It’s an impressive collection of work with implications for both mitigation and generating accurate inventory estimates,” said Eric Kort, Assistant Professor of Climate and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan, who is another of the study’s co-authors.
“Federal and state governments must take action – and many states are – but industry leadership remains crucial,” said EDF Senior Vice President Mark Brownstein. “Companies have the ability to lead through operational best practices, comprehensive methane programs, target setting, technology innovation and pilots, and constructively engaging with the regulatory process.”
EDF recently announced plans to launch MethaneSAT, a purpose-built satellite designed to measure and map human-caused methane emissions almost anywhere on earth. Due to launch in 2021, MethaneSAT will help both countries and companies track problem areas, find solutions, and monitor their progress.
EDF, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative companies, and the UN Environment’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition are also collaborating on a set of peer-reviewed methane studies in locations across the globe, which will complement the data collected by MethaneSAT. These studies are built on the methods pioneered in the U.S.-based studies upon which the synthesis paper is based.
Funding for these studies was provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation, Bill and Susan Oberndorf, Betsy and Sam Reeves, the Robertson Foundation, TomKat Charitable Trust, and others.
Read more about this work at https://www.edf.org/climate/methane-studies.
WHAT: 
EDF will host a press briefing on the new study.
WHEN:
Thursday, June 21 at 3pm Eastern.
WHERE: 
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Check out this eye opening video! http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/story/chasing-methane/

So when the paid industry liars say the opposite…call them out!

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SAIS Researchers Find Frack Water Oversight Gaps….clap clap told ya!

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Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:24 AM
Subject: {NCTCA} Texas info on…research relating to Oil & Gas Activity and Impacts
Thank you for the video link, I have updated my blog to add that to my response to Nick’s coverage in the Oil & Gas Journal, where I disagreed that Texas had its act together with fracking rules related to NORM. I also mention the risk to drinking water via spills and how trucks carrying produced water to injection wells need tighter manifest regulations. This can be accomplished by re-classifying O&G waste as TENORM so it becomes regulated under the Clean Water Act to reverse its current exemption from tighter regs via the Halliburton Loophole.  https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/sais-researchers-find-frack-water-oversight-gaps-clap-clap-told-ya/
Additionally (without having seen the video yet) I’m sure you guys covered ?? the risk to drinking water relating to microbes proliferating near drill sites that are ARE resistant to traditional forms of disinfection such as chlorine? I think its our good luck to find this out because chemical attempts to clean up O&G production waste waters worsens the toxicity in TTHMS etc..which I call “frack on crack”. Please take a look at UTA Clear’s work in using what I call “good” microbes (a NON-chemical way) to reduce TOC and prevent frack on crack….https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/erin-brockovich-visited-north-tx-is-the-arlington-connection-to-increased-thms-fracking-induced-microbial-proliferation/
Thank you and please pass this info on as appropriate.
Kim Feil
https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/ 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, Nuisance No 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, or property.
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Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 12:43 PM
Subject: Oil & Gas Activity and Impacts in Colorado
Dear Kim,
 
Thank you for your interest in my team’s presentation at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in conjunction with SAIS and Clean Water Action (CWA). Nick Snow from the Oil & Gas Journal kindly wrote a news article covering our presentation.
 
I am Joniel Cha, a graduate Masters Student at Johns Hopkins University studying Economics and Energy, Resources & Environment. In addition to this report, I wrote a White Paper on the Management of Dams with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
 
I worked with the SAIS/CWA team covering oil & gas activity and impacts in the United States. My focus area covered oil and gas activity in the state of Colorado.
 
The JHU SAIS staff kindly recorded our presentation. Please find the link here: https://youtu.be/TCp-lHO6xZ8?t=1966
 
youtu.be
Oil and Gas Retrieval: Environmental Risks and Impacts on Water An overview of conventional vs. unconventional retrieval, waste pits, TENORM, and case study …
 
 
If you would like, please feel free to watch the presentation in its entirety, with four presentations:
 
  • Unconventional vs. Conventional Oil and Gas Activities: Differences in Definition and Regulation
  • TENORM: Analysis of Potential Exposure and Regulation
  • The Prevalence and Dangers of Disposal into Open Pits in Texas
  • Colorado Case Study: Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing
 
Additionally, please feel free to distribute this widely among your networks and colleagues, and anyone who may be of interest.
 
I am currently finalizing my report, and any feedback you and your colleagues may have would be most helpful.
Hopefully my report will be published, and I will be more than happy to send it to you.
 
Thank you very much again! I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Sincerely,
Joniel
Joniel Cha, M.A. Candidate
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
International Economics and Energy, Resources, & Environment
University of Virginia
Leadership & Public Policy and Foreign Affairs
Yet another love letter to add to my blog ……
To: Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; “roxanne.thalman@arlingtontx.gov” <roxanne.thalman@arlingtontx.gov>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:56 AM
Subject: Need local control rule added to gaswell ordinance-SAIS researchers find gaps in unconventional oil, gas regulations
This article makes it sound like Texas has regulations concerning radionuclides, but I’ve blogged on the contrary…
Can someone help me find the report (see article on the report below) that the Oil & Gas Journal reported on entitled, “SAIS researchers find gaps in unconventional oil, gas regulations”.   UPDATE here is a youtube video of the presentation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCp-lHO6xZ8&feature=youtu.be&t=1966 
I have also found a loophole where the truck manifests are laxed in carrying produced water which is exempt from Clean Water Act where Class II O&G related injection wells are not as stringent as others…..by definition ALL O&G produced water that has been brought to the surface by man’s technology contains TENORM and should fall under more stringent regulations for disposal in trucking it to the disposal wells. US DOT = 7 mths response on NORM vs TENORM truck fracking exemptions
Victoria (a responsive councilperson thus far), WE need to reclassify the produced water being trucked out to injection wells as TENORM so as warrant more stringent truck manifest accountability for amounts/truck weight that leave the site and that the same amounts/truck weight arrive at the injection well and no spillage has occurred along the way. Maybe we can amend our gas well ordinance to specify that? It is an above ground activity that is under local control and doesn’t interfere with HB40. Can you get with staff to add this to our ordinance?
Thanks
Kim Feil
https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/ 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, Nuisance No 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, or property.

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Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 3:26 PM
Subject: SAIS researchers find gaps in unconventional oil, gas regulations

SAIS researchers find gaps in unconventional oil, gas regulations

Differences in terminology and oversight approaches have created marked gaps in government regulation of growing unconventional oil and gas activity in the US, a research team of four graduate students at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies reported on Apr. 19.
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UTA Clear on the path to kill pathogens without chemicals

Background to this post is here. I boldfaced for emphasis in UTA Clear’s publication and share with you that of most concern is Lastly, these data identified a number of unique
organophilic bacteria that exhibited resilience to traditional disinfection
modalities. This phenomenon has recently been documented in chlorinated
groundwater (Martin et al., 2018), albeit the precise mechanism
and physiology for this survival under disinfection conditions remains
to be determined.”

Volume 634, 1 September 2018, Pages 1519–1529

Characterizing variable biogeochemical changes during the treatment of produced oilfield waste

Abstract reads as follows:

“At the forefront of the discussions about climate change and energy independence has been the process of hydraulic fracturing, which utilizes large amounts of water, proppants, and chemical additives to stimulate sequestered hydrocarbons from impermeable subsurface strata. This process also produces large amounts of heterogeneous flowback and formation waters, the subsurface disposal of which has most recently been linked to the induction of anthropogenic earthquakes. As such, the management of these waste streams has provided a newfound impetus to explore recycling alternatives to reduce the reliance on subsurface disposal and fresh water resources. However, the biogeochemical characteristics of produced oilfield waste render its recycling and reutilization for production well stimulation a substantial challenge. Here we present a comprehensive analysis of produced waste from the Eagle Ford shale region before, during, and after treatment through adjustable separation, flocculation, and disinfection technologies. The collection of bulk measurements revealed significant reductions in suspended and dissolved constituents that could otherwise preclude untreated produced water from being utilized for production well stimulation. Additionally, a significant step-wise reduction in pertinent scaling and well-fouling elements was observed, in conjunction with notable fluctuations in the microbiomes of highly variable produced waters. Collectively, these data provide insight into the efficacies of available water treatment modalities within the shale energy sector, which is currently challenged with improving the environmental stewardship of produced water management.”

“4. Conclusion
Collectively, these findings are the result of a unique collaboration
between scientists and engineers in an effort to comprehensively assess
the reusability of produced oilfield waste from UD, for the sake of environmental
stewardship. Shale energy extraction is a thirsty, multifaceted
process that is heavily reliant on consistent, and ideally
predictable chemistry, whereby a complete understanding of PW biogeochemistry
is required prior to it being considered a viable resource
for production well stimulation. As such, the exhaustive nature of the
measurements presented here, to assess the treatment of highly variable
industrial waste, clearly indicates that multiple treatment technologies
are required in order to remove pertinent organic, inorganic, and
biological contaminants below their respective reuse thresholds. The
organic fraction of PW (produced water) appears to be the easiest to remove, with a significant reduction in TOC and nearly complete elimination of prominent
hydrocarbons and VOCs being accomplished by ozone-induced flocculation,
particulate filtration, and passage through a primary carbon medium.
However, the persistence of several multivalent metal ions
throughout the different treatment modalities indicates that their removal
may require ionically-rich PWs be treated with a range of clay
matrices, which demonstrate high cation exchange capacities. In particular,
the retention of elevated levels of boron and iron indicate that additional
treatment modalities, beyond the scope of those evaluated in
this study, are required for complete removal of these potentially disruptive
ions. Lastly, these data identified a number of unique
organophilic bacteria that exhibited resilience to traditional disinfection
modalities. This phenomenon has recently been documented in chlorinated
groundwater (Martin et al., 2018), albeit the precise mechanism
and physiology for this survival under disinfection conditions remains
to be determined.
Supplementary data to this article can be found online at https://doi.
org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.388.”


From: Zacariah Hildenbrand <zac@informenv.com>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: “Schug, Kevin A” <kschug@uta.edu>; Aaron Hoff <hoffa@trinityra.org>; Angela Kilpatrick <kilpatricka@trinityra.org>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <vengosh@duke.edu>; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay Warren <jay.warren@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: Frack Water recycling and unintended worsened byproducts?

Hello Kim,

Thank you for you inquires. Collectively, we now have a handful of studies indicating that traditional disinfection modalities (ie., chlorination, ozonation, UV) are not 100% effective in killing off resilient bacteria. We have seen this in both contaminated groundwater, treated city water, and produced oilfield waste. In the presence of contaminants and disinfection agents, bacteria can alter their membrane structure so that they become less permeable and harder to kill. As such, we are currently developing novel chemical-free technologies that will be targeted towards the lysis of particular pathogenic species.
Additionally, we have found a number of bacteria that can be utilized for in situ biodegradation of chemicals in water. Unfortunately we are just scratching the surface with this science but there will be a way for these helpful bacteria to survive in the face of the aforementioned targeted treatment, so that theoretically we could be metabolizing chemical contaminants and killing pathogenic bacteria simultaneously.
All the best,
ZLH

Zacariah Hildenbrand, Ph.D.
Inform Environmental, LLC

6060 N. Central Expressway, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75206
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “Schug, Kevin A” <kschug@uta.edu>
Cc: Aaron Hoff <hoffa@trinityra.org>; Angela Kilpatrick <kilpatricka@trinityra.org>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <vengosh@duke.edu>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <zac@informenv.com>; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay Warren <jay.warren@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: Frack Water recycling and unintended worsened byproducts?
Thanks for the response.
I am on the steering committee for the Lake Arlington Village Creek Water Protection Plan and was trying to articulate UTA Clears work to both TRA and City Council members and have two more questions.
* UTA Clear’s work is in “developing therapies for the treatment of harmful bacteria (with the most common being Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aeromonas hydrophila-Bacillus cereus group) in the water that are resistant to traditional forms of disinfection” such as chlorination. As these unwanted bacteria (biofouling) can create biofilms and corrosive agents that affect well production and can deteriorate infrastructures.
My new question is if your non-chemical treatments against biofouling agents are to be cultivating Pseudomonas stutzeri and Acinetobacter haemolyticus? As these being two specific microbes that “could be exploited for the bioremediation of groundwaters that are contaminated with chemical solvents. The two bacteria showed a capacity to degrade toluene and chloroform, opening up the possibility that they can be potentially used in the bioremediation of spills”. https://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2017/11/Schug%20new%20papers%20bacteria.php
 
It could be the proprietary nature of your contract may prevent you in the disclosure of exactly which microbes can degrade biofouling agents, but in all I applaud your work to refrain from chemical related produced water recycling that can worsen the toxicity (frack on crack).
Last year at EarthX map of events, I could not find where your presentation was being held until it was almost over but I caught the end of the female UTA Clear student’s presentation relating to microbes…I am just trying to clarify….
1) UTA Clear’s work with CWS (1st contract) was to vet their 5 fold system of cleaning up produced water that is to be re-used for production well stimulation does NOT contain added chemicals and
2) *CWS’ financial assistance (2.nd contract) is to further UTA Clears work in preventing biofouling with the use of microbes?
My confusion arises in thinking that the unwanted microbes that cause the biofouling can serve to clean it up can co- exist together? If so is it just a matter of adding more of the good bacteria (organic degrading microbes) to counter the bad?
Kim Feil

 


From: “Schug, Kevin A” <kschug@uta.edu>
To: ‘kim feil’ <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>; Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <vengosh@duke.edu>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <zac@informenv.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:53 PM
Subject: RE: Frack Water recycling and unintended worsened byproducts?

 

Based on our measurements, the total organic carbon was greatly diminished through the treatment procedure, and this measurement would include such compounds.  However, we are still working to add methodology specifically for such compounds to our routine repertoire, and they were not targeted specifically in that work.
Kevin A. Schug, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Dean
Director, CLEAR (http://clear.uta.edu)
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
The University of Texas at Arlington
(ph) 817-272-3541
From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:41 PM
To: Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <vengosh@duke.edu>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <zac@informenv.com>; Schug, Kevin A <kschug@uta.edu>
Subject: Frack Water recycling and unintended worsened byproducts?
I was wondering how TTHMs and Halogens and any other frack-on-crack byproducts are doing with your non chemical water recycling treatments? 

 

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UTA expands efforts to develop water recycling technologies

The Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation at the University of Texas at Arlingto…

“Trihalomethanes (THM) are a group of four chemicals that are formed along with other disinfection by products when chlorine or other disinfectants used to control microbial contaminants in drinking water react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter in water”. 

Last December in 2017 I sent our Arlington City Council information about UTA Clear’s research work in shale areas having a proliferation of microbes that were getting in to private water wells…https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/bacteria-in-barnett-shale-evolving-to-being-antibiotic-chlorine-resistant-oh-and-biocides-risk-failure-too/

Now that north Texans are hearing about Trihalomethanes, it is time to go history digging into each town’s water records and look at the upticks and see if all upticks are related to the timing of those towns embracing urban drilling….we need to parse out urban drilling if this is happening in non-urban drilling towns and chock it up to population explosion and the need for adequate water resources that don’t need heavy cleaning up (chloramination) in the first place.

WHO WILL UNDERTAKE THIS? Any UT Arlington graduate students need a thesis?

It would take open records of raw data so as to note important info lost in averaging methods.

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