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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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!”

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Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:27 PM
Subject: CJ C replied to you

(comments found on youtube)

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To: Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>
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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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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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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

Screen shot 2015-11-24 at 9.20.04 AMScreen shot 2015-11-24 at 9.18.39 AMScreen shot 2015-11-24 at 9.24.33 AMScreen shot 2015-11-24 at 9.34.41 AM8217 tad meadowbrookScreen shot 2015-11-24 at 9.52.38 AM

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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.

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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Cc: Kevin A. Schug <kschug@uta.edu>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <zac@informenv.com>; Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <vengosh@duke.edu>; “ari1@cornell.edu” <ari1@cornell.edu>; Rita Beving <rita.beving@gmail.com>
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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To: “kimfeil@sbcglobal.net” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net> 
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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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? 

 

Text Box:

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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Drinking Water HDPE Piping not Benzene Resistant use larger diameter or composite in our MSD & Urban Drilling Arlington TX town

pe piping can be more protective from fracking

While more expensive, a composite pipe would give more protection against soil contaminants. Video link

Arlington TX allows MSD’s to forever forgive clean up of known groundwater and soil contamination (like where the old gasoline stations used to be). MSD is a Municipal Setting Designation where our Good Arlington TX Council People vote to forever forgive known groundwater and soil contamination (like from an old gasoline station) in the interest of economic development. That we have 60 or so padsites littered all over our Good City that are potential future MSD’s is kinda worrisome in that we have bought into allowing the Houdini of Hydrocarbons to risk our drinking water in HDPE applications for our Arlington TX drinking water.

Where our good City is using Pre-chlorinated HDPE piping to replace water mains, at the very least we should be using larger diameter HDPE piping because this study, https://manuscriptpro.com/profile/article/Modeling-benzene-permeation-through-drinking-water-high-density-polyethylene-(HDPE)-pipes, claims “The simulated permeation curves of benzene for SIDR 9 and SIDR 7 series of HDPE pipes indicated that small diameter pipes were more vulnerable to permeation of benzene than large diameter pipes, and the breakthrough of benzene into the HDPE pipe was retarded and the corresponding permeation flux decreased with an increase of the pipe thickness. HDPE pipes exposed to an instantaneous plume exhibited distinguishable permeation characteristics from those exposed to a continuous source with a constant input”.

Abstract from the ASCE Pipelines 2017 library wrote (I boldfaced for emphasis)… “The Arlington Water Utilities selected pre-chlorinated pipe bursting to install new HDPE in place while reducing customer impacts, minimizing capital spending and reducing operational costs. Murphy Pipelines, who specializes this technology, was awarded the project. To date, work has progressed replacing more than 13,000 linear feet of existing 6-in AC water main with new 8-in HDPE pipe“. 

This article shows the vendor Arlington has contracted with has a range of 2″ to 16″ piping, https://www.murphypipelines.com/pre-chlorinated-pipe-bursting.

This article that speaks of how the U.K. has been using plastics piping historically and coincidentally has a quote from our Arlington TX representative.

So are we leader in the Benzene-leaching-experiment in using 8-inch HDPE in our Urban Drilling town? 

 #TestTheEndUserWaterWhereknownMSD

How did I come to question if plastic was a good material in piping? Well just read about the cancer cluster along a known pipeline that was PE-100 and was carrying wastewater from fracking (produced water) and where Benzene was found in the soil!

As usual, here are my love letters proving I give a shit…

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Betsy Price <betsy.price@fortworthtexas.gov>; Betsy Price <betsy.price@fortworthgov.org>; “bradley.hodges@ftworthgov.org” <bradley.hodges@ftworthgov.org>; Fort Worth District2 <district2@fortworthtexas.gov>; “allison.grey@fortworthtexas.gov” <allison.grey@fortworthtexas.gov>; Jim Bradbury <jim@bradburycounsel.com>; “tom.edwards@fortworthtexas.gov” <tom.edwards@fortworthtexas.gov>; “district2@fortworthgov.org” <district2@fortworthgov.org>; “district3@fortworthgov.org” <district3@fortworthgov.org>; “district3@fortworthtexas.gov” <district3@fortworthtexas.gov>; “district4@fortworthtexas.gov” <district4@fortworthtexas.gov>; “district4@fortworthgov.org” <district4@fortworthgov.org>; “district5@fortworthgov.org” <district5@fortworthgov.org>; “district8@fortworthgov.org” <district8@fortworthgov.org>; “district5@fortworthtexas.gov” <district5@fortworthtexas.gov>; “district6@fortworthtexas.gov” <district6@fortworthtexas.gov>; “district6@fortworthgov.org” <district6@fortworthgov.org>; “district7@fortworthtexas.gov” <district7@fortworthtexas.gov>; “district8@fortworthtexas.gov” <district8@fortworthtexas.gov>; “district7@fortworthgov.org” <district7@fortworthgov.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:44 AM
Subject: Can we test soil above the plastic piping holding frack wastewater to Brentwood Compressor Station?
 Please watch this video and then go to my comment….”
We need to do soil tests and investigate if the polyethene? piping from 30 padsites? that go to the Chesapeake pilot “vaporization of produced water” at the Brentwood/arc park Compressor Station in Ft Worth has internal aluminum or other lining in the pipes so that benzene doesn’t permeate/diffuse through the pipes.”
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Zacariah Hildenbrand <zac@informenv.com>; Kevin A. Schug <kschug@uta.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:39 AM
Subject: Can we test soil and end user water where an old gasoline station & new HDPE is in?

 

I’m still mad that no one from the City in Ft Worth responded to me that we need to test the soil that runs along the plastic pipeline at the Brentwood compressor station where other fracking padsites pipe their wastewater to.
If Benzene is leaching in the soil along the way, we need to know that.

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:36 AM
Subject: Can we test soil and end user water where an old gasoline station & new HDPE is in?

 

Kim Feil
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From: Buzz Pishkur <Buzz.Pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: Can we test soil and end user water where an old gasoline station & new HDPE is in?
We consider pipe material when designing main replacement projects. This is also a consideration for servicelines as well as the water main. 

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Arlington TX Top 4 WORST Tap Drinking Water Score in US by Calif safe-from-cancer-standards in 200 biggest Cities

arlington top 4 worst drinking water

FB link of picture of flyer that an Arlington resident received in the mail

Arlington (Frackland) TX got the top 4th worst tap water ranking in the US of the top 200 biggest cities (which represents the most number of people getting exposures).

(22 out of top 25 worst)
Arlington, TX

Number of Contaminants: 9
Other Detected Contaminants: 21
Rank of Number of Manufacturing Establishments/Sq. Mile:30
Rank of the total Farm Ag. Chemical Expenses: 6
Dirty Water Score: 56.01

Add your zip code to this link, https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=TX2200001#.Wq6lq-jwbIU,  and see what’s in your drinking water.

I blogged about how Arlington’s Total Trihalomethanes almost tripled AFTER we started urban drilling/fracking.

More recently I blogged about how it is becoming increasingly harder to treat our water. I also shared first hand communication from a Trinity River Authority official that said bacteria at the wastewater treatment plants were becoming Chlorine resistant….

https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/bacteria-in-barnett-shale-evolving-to-being-antibiotic-chlorine-resistant-oh-and-biocides-risk-failure-too/

All this at a time when our water director’s job is up for grabs....this is very concerning that we and other fracking loving urban drilling towns in TX get the worst ratings in the top largest cities for drinking water quality…and if we didn’t have all the fracking nasties risking our water, (like the herbicides used at all these drilling sites, https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/when-frack-on-crack-meets-herbicide-harry/) the less disinfectants we’d need. The less disinfectants we need, the less cancer causing by-products of water treatments risk ……now to research how bad our bad our bladder cancer rates are.

Live in a smaller city than the top 200 biggest? You don’t want to be in an Oklahoman resident then….https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/oklahoma-has-most-polluted-drinking-water-counties-the-fracking-connection/

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@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>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:19 PM
Subject: Myers quoted in sales pitch / FYI Arlington 4t5h worst drinking water quality (not taste) results
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1865309610177181&set=p.1865309610177181&type=3&theater&ifg=1 posted a pic of a flyer he got in the mail from FB You Know You Are From Arlington…this Smart Aqua Life flyer quotes the EPA saying, “Did you know the public water in your Arlington community was rated by the EPA as unsafe for human consumption with a dirty water score of 56.01 because of high levels of contaminants?
mis-statement water quality
This is incorrect…Arlington passed fed guidelines…it was the state of California that has more protective against cancer standards. https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=TX2200001.
I emailed Smart Aqua Life asking them to cease and desist these mailings misquoting the EPA. I told them that the states and cities can choose to be more protective, but they at least they have to be in federal compliance. What Arlington’s water failed was California’s thresholds for what is considered safe for human consumption.  Example Arlington’s 2015 arsenic….
  • “The health guideline of 0.004 ppb for arsenic was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.”
I received a similar sales pitch to call a number about my last attempt to pick up a package…but it was a water purification company offering Arlington homeowners relief from bad water and free home testing.
I wanted Councilwoman Myers to be aware of this misquote from this company that has also decided to quote her from a Star Telegram article.
myers drinks water bottle
But I also want to let you know that by California standards…Arlington ranks 4th worst water quality in the the US among the largest top 200 cities.
 
Kim Feil

 

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