Digging caused pipeline Gas Leak at UTA, zero tolerance needed w/these added risk factors….

uta gas leak may 2017Here is the link for the alert…http://alerts.skytruth.org/report/1d5ec80c-430c-3fa0-81b0-ba3d0bba2250

May 18, 2017 there was a gas leak due to a contractor hitting a pipeline with digging equipment. While this happens often, with natural gas well production occurring within the city limits “and” also on campus…..

gas wells by UTA…….there needs to be another level of prevention as the risk for a chain event of explosions is worrisome.

The company that owns the UTA padsite has changed ownership for a total of  THREE!

Originally it was Carrizo, then Enervest, and now it is owned by Saddle, so we are already having a third tier operator maintaining the padsites.

Additionally, with UTArlington being a state institution, our LOCAL GAS WELL INSPECTORS do not have purview to inspect that site.

I suggest any permits issued by the city are first worked by the gas well department who works with the RRC to identify pipelines and not leave that task to the digging company working on roads and new development.

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To: Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@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>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; John Dugan <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; “david.porter@rrc.state.tx.us” <david.porter@rrc.state.tx.us>; Ryan Mitchell <ryan.mitchell@arlingtontx.gov>; “ryan.sitton@rrc.texas.gov” <ryan.sitton@rrc.texas.gov>; Jessica Youngblood <jessica.youngblood@arlingtontx.gov>
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Sent: Thursday, June 8, 2017 11:13 AM
Subject: May gas leak at UTA and future risk mitigation suggestion
May 18, 2017 there was a gas leak due to a contractor hitting a pipeline with digging equipment. While this happens often, with natural gas well production occurring within the city limits “and” also on campus……
……there needs to be another level of prevention as the risk for a chain event of explosions is worrisome.
The company that owns the UTA padsite has changed ownership for a total of  THREE!
Originally it was Carrizo, then Enervest, and now it is owned by Saddle, so we are already having a third tier operator maintaining the padsites.
Additionally, with UTArlington being a state institution, our LOCAL GAS WELL INSPECTORS do not have purview to inspect that site.
I suggest any permits issued by the city are first worked by the gas well department who works with the RRC to identify pipelines and not leave that task to the digging company working on roads and new development.
Sincerely,
Kim Feil

 

 

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2016 & part of 2017 TCEQ Violators Identified: see who sux at their jobs

Thru August of 2016…

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/comm_exec/agendas/comm/backup/Agendas/2016/10-19-2016/1639MIS.pdf

Thru April of 2017…

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/comm_exec/agendas/comm/backup/Agendas/2017/06-07-2017/0626MIS.pdf

Docket detail for NEXT TCEQ meeting…..

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/comm_exec/agendas/comm/current/2017/170607.pdf

…my love letter as usual….

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “info@SLOVACEK.com” <info@SLOVACEK.com>; “sustainability@tamu.edu” <sustainability@tamu.edu>; “info@burlesoncountytx.com” <info@burlesoncountytx.com>
Cc: Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:16 PM
Subject: Clay Water Corp TTHM violations/outstanding fines not equal in public health risk
Dear stakeholders: 
Visit this link of a TTHM water quality violation(s) in YOUR stakeholder(s) area and please assist in any way to contact Clay Water Corp to help prevent future occurrences since the fines seem to NOT be a deterrent….
Troubling is that this TTHM disinfectant byproduct is harmful and therefore regulated to not exceed 80 ppb. In addition to having broken the law in not testing for it at regular intervals, the three failed tests include:
Q4 2015 at 159 ppb
Q1 2016 at 154 ppb
Q2 2016 at 218 ppb
If the water wasn’t so polluted to begin with maybe they wouldn’t have to throw so much disinfectant on it?…not sure if that is why the TTHM’s are so high…please have college students do a research project in that area?
This item will be on TCEQ’s upcoming meeting:
PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM ENFORCEMENT AGREED ORDERS
Item 16 Docket No. 2016-1264-PWS-E. Consideration of an Agreed Order assessing administrative penalties and requiring certain actions of Clay Water Supply Corporation in Burleson County; RN101188639; for public water supply violations pursuant to Tex. Health & Safety Code ch. 341, Tex. Water Code ch. 5, and the rules of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (Steven Van Landingham, Michael Parrish)
Thanks for helping in this matter.
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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Radioactive Oil & Gas Piping Repurposed as a Fence Killed Black Rhino $22M

 

dead black rhino

JimmyJohn pic  caused social media dismay….now this story of a Texas Rancher! Here is what OSHA has to say about fracking related produced water waste…https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/savelakearlington-what-osha-says-about-produced-waters-radioactivity/

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#SaveLakeArlington What OSHA says about Produced Waters’ RADIOACTIVITY

In looking for more info on how a south Texas valley rancher lost his leg and rhino from radioactive poisoned piping that was repurposed as fencing (courtesy of the Oil & Gas industry decades ago), I found THIS doc ……..

Read here why I believe Arlington found “detects” and had to add two more radioactive elements (for a total of three) to our annual drinking water reports starting in 2004!….https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/microbes-resistant-to-chlorine-while-atf-10-yrs-2-celebrate-water-health-risk/


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To: “garrett.merket@rrc.texas.gov” <garrett.merket@rrc.texas.gov>
Cc: “ryan.sitton@rrc.texas.gov” <ryan.sitton@rrc.texas.gov>
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 11:00 AM
Subject: Follow up request on why the RRC does not test for NORM
Mr. Merket you promised me an answer by last Friday as to why we do not test for NORM in produced waters, drilling muds, filter cakes, and concentrated salts.
Today I’m reading about a $22million settlement on scalant piping contamination in south Texas.
Please advise as back in 1989 OSHA had same concerns….they admit the stuff is in produced waters….
#SaveLakeArlington
I blogged that I suspect the injection wells in Ft worth are to blame on the timing of when Arlington found “detects” and had to add two more radioactive elements (for a total of three) to our annual drinking water reports starting in 2004……https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/microbes-resistant-to-chlorine-while-atf-10-yrs-2-celebrate-water-health-risk/
#SittonAgainstPrecautionaryPrinciple ?
Kim Feil
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MSD 17-1 Brownfields Near Veridian NEVER 2 B Cleaned Up FYI email council TODAY!

Friends don’t let friends pollute and yes maybe they do! Search HERE at this link to see if YOU live by an MSD/Brownfields http://solutions.terracon.com/arlington/content/Home.aspx.

Speech for council meet:
Please deny or at least table MSD 17-1 until a study can be done to see how appropriately Arlington has been spending its 2013 $400,000 federal grant funds on actual clean up verses nice payouts in environmental consulting fees to Terracon and Modern Geosciences?
The requestor of this MSD 17-1 is the now closed “Shred Tech company”…..
shred tech
but please note in the city records the actual name of the owner  of 12700 & 12710 Calloway Cemetery Rd which TAD records show to be owned by Mr. Clyde Godfrey….
godfrey msd king
Manta.com shows Shred Tech was categorized under sand mining….
shred tech info
And if shredding “only God knows what” or mining sand made Mr Godfrey $200K a year, and if the value of his property leans towards a million dollars,  surely he could afford to clean up his own mess?
So what is nearby his property? ….
Account Number:    08384576
Business Name:    REYNOLDS ASPHALT CONST INC
Property Location:    12650 CALLOWAY CEMETERY RD, ARLINGTON, 76118
From Google Earth road building kinda looks like sand mining too…
12650 calloway asphalt biz
Cylex Business Directory shows Clyde’s 12700 Calloway Cemetery Rd businesses to be related to waste management.  People have wondered if there was a dump on the east side of Collins? Do we now have our answer?
shred tech wastemgmt

A 2015 snap shot nearby at Clyde Godfrey Equipment Company nearby at 12798 Calloway Cemetery shows what looks like a frac sand hauling truck leaving the area, but that could be again from a neighboring business….

godfrey sand

In a 2015 pic link, driving by looks like a red frac sand hauling truck to me at the edge of this pic, but this truck could be related to asphalt construction too.

godfrey sand truck

Frac Sand processing has flocculent and acrylamide contamination issues as reported on THIS link….http://www.vonbriesen.com/legal-news/2264/frac-sand-fever-flocculents-and-public-health-fears although I have not seen what Brownfield contaminants of concern relate to the MSD 17-1

Regardless of which type and levels of toxins were found, and how much was contributed by nearby businesses is still NOT reason for a free pass to forever forgive Brownfields clean up especially near the Arlington Viridian.

I will now ask council to think hard if over the years any MSD agenda item was ever NOT approved? Can you recall MAKING someone clean up their own mess?

If you approve this tonight, TCEQ will rubber stamp this I’m sure.

cemetary rd 3cemetary rd 1

How convenient Clyde’s brothers own the family business, http://www.godfreypropane.com/ that has three locations. #failedCollateral

In 2013  I blogged that there were 281 water wells within  5 miles of a legally abandoned Benzene contaminated area near the Cowboy Stadium near my home.

Note as long as the city offers potable water from our municipality AND notify people with water wells in a 5 mile radius, if approved no one can drill for potable water….legally. Personally I’ve seen the notification letter to water well owners and to me it does NOT spell out the real dangers involved:

  1. Leaving contaminants that persist in the ground endanger drinking water sources because….water mains and pipes going into your homes can fail. For example Benzene is the Houdini of hydrocarbons and in Arlington we have trenchless digging to use NON-metal piping that is pigged into existing failed metal piping. YOUR Arlington municipal water may LEAVE the treatment plant as potable, but when traveling through contaminated soils with HDPE or PVC piping, chemicals leaching into the plastic piping cannot be guaranteed to be potable by the time it hits your lips!

  2. One day we may need “all ground water sources on deck”  in the future. So never say never to precious underground water sources if surface water gets ruined with major EVENTS.
  3. No contaminates should get a free pass in Brownfields clean up especially when the federal government offers to assist……

 

https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/will-fbi-see-arlingtons-leadership-inconsistantly-using-state-exemptions-on-brownfields-clean-up-while-also-exploiting-federal-funds-on-others/

I don’t see that there will be too much protest tonight as a FB page of someone in Arlington also named Clyde Godfrey seems to be FRIENDS with Robert Kembel of the Viridian!…. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=205570516593747&set=a.205569163260549.1073741826.100014223997672&type=3&theater

godfrey kemble connectionFriends don’t let friends pollute and yes maybe they do!

fb kembel

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Click here to learn what an MSD is….http://www.arlington-tx.gov/cdp/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2014/05/MSD_-A-Guide-for-Cities.pdf.

Here is the link http://www.arlington-tx.gov/cdp/msd/ to the CURRENT MSD 17-1 on the City of Arlington’s upcoming agenda. Below I will post the print screens as this info will change over time as NEW Brownfields may be uncovered in YOUR neighborhood.

 

Here is the info on agenda item for MSD 17-1…..

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Please email our city council TODAY and tell them to DENY MSD-17-1, thanks!

Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>;

 

viridian reminder

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Exercise USDOT exempt from exempt loophole found against O&G industry

I see a loophole NOT yet exercised in transporting this waste currently being exempted from being called “hazardous” which may NOT be EXEMPT if exceeding the USdot thresholds for TENORM.  This is where I am gifting you (Arlington Mayor and City Council) with this information to do with as your conscience leads you as elected officials.  #AnybodySmellApotentialClassAction?
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Sent: Saturday, May 6, 2017 12:20 PM
Subject: Injection Well Monitoring EPA Grants >$100,000 to Help Protect OK & LA Drinking Water Sources-what about Texas?
Michael Overby, 214 665 6482, from the EPA’s

Underground Injection Control (UIC)

department reached out to me as I had expressed an interest in water, soil & air baseline testing PRIOR to Bluestone Natural Resources adding an injection well near Lake Arlington, a drinking water source for almost 500,000 people.
Overby said the EPA had no money for baseline testing and referred me to the Texas Water Development Board, David Thorkildsen 512 936 0871, in the event THEY have cash for baseline testing. FYI I was told Bluestone has already fenced off this area, so if we find an entity who can pay for this (I say the Arlington Tomorrow Fund should), we also need to get permission to go on site.
I disagree that they EPA does not have funds because see below *TWO recent grants from EPA for monitoring after-the-fact disposal wells for Oklahoma and Louisiana.
Overby said that NO SET BACK STANDARDS exist for disposal wells near drinking water sources. I told him this area by Lake Arlington has flooding issues and he reminded me that injection well operators know how to do installations “off shore” and so they know how to do this sort of thing….#notComforting.
Overby said that even if Lake Arlington was the SOLE SOURCE designation of drinking water, that an injection well would then get “more review”, but that 1/3 of injection wells in Louisiana have been granted near these sole source drinking water designations. #notComforting
Overby admitted there would be VOC’s off gassing above the open top tanks at the injection well as they will (again) have to separate the oil from the produced (toxic waste water) first before being injected into the Ellenberger. When I asked about the level of VOC’s coming off of the concrete tanks that will be holding voluminous amounts and offgassing near our drinking water source, he referred me to TCEQ’s air program department. I seriously doubt they have this kind of information on existing air tests done by injection wells and request John Dugan from the City of Arlington procure this info before the RRC hearing for the Lake Arlington injection well.
Trey I am asking you to contact Victor Vandergriff to become involved as TxDOT should be able to prove THEY are compliant to USdot Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Admin., DOT § 173.436 regulating radionuclide thresholds in transporting oil and gas waste materials, https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2009-title49-vol2/pdf/CFR-2009-title49-vol2-sec173-436.pdf. I’m almost positive they have NOT been asking for TENORM levels because I can’t find where it is mandated to be tested for with the state. Maybe the city can start asking for this if the state won’t?
TxDOT needs to ensure that any trucking permits issued have a more stringent manifest by the trucks driving (around Lake Arlington) carrying TENORM verses NORM so we actually have proof that the same amounts of fluids leaving each padsite is accounted for when arriving at the injection well. Scientifically, once man has brought up these produced waters, any NORM disturbed is now technically TENORM due to having added treated source water and chemicals into the formation when they originally drilled and fracked all these former Quicksilver wells.
Here is a letter from USdot explaining that produced water, mud, salts, etc. is all considered now TENORM….
FYI Garrett Merket, garrett.merket@rrc.texas.gov, promised me an answer by yesterday as to why we do not test for NORM in produced waters, drilling muds, filter cakes, and concentrated salts and did not deliver in his promised-by date.
Overby reminded me that decades ago oil and gas waste was exempted in having their waste products classified as “Hazardous” by the RCRA from the Clean Water Act.  Here are the sickening letters from 1988 showing the good ol boy network in play by the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission with industry friendly name drops. Now Oklahoma’s karma in this is that they are now dealing with swarms of frackquakes ….
Thankfully I see a loophole NOT yet exercised in transporting this waste being exempted which many NOT be EXEMPT if exceeding the USdot thresholds for TENORM.  This is where I am gifting you with this information to do with as your conscience leads you as elected officials.
The attorneys fighting for the City of Arlington in protesting this proposed injection well need to have this important information as the industry itself would recoil to think that they may need to start testing their TENORM to ensure federal USdot compliance. If it is found that these produced waters and concentrated brines have been exceeding txDOT’s thresholds, this could explain why in 2004 Arlington added two radionuclides to our water quality reports as detects. #AnybodySmellApotentialClassAction?
In closing, below is examples of money the feds are gifting these other states…..we need to apply for these funds since the RRC only has 150 inspectors when they used to have 250. And with Trump in office the TCEQ is poised to be cut by about 21%.

 

*EPA Grant of More Than $100,000 Will Help Protect Oklahoma’s Drinking Water Sources 
Contact: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov
DALLAS – (May 5, 2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $100,323 to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) to protect groundwater from underground injection or disposal wells.
“Protecting sources of drinking water is one of EPA’s most important missions,” said Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman. “EPA relies on state partners like the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to help fulfill that mission.”
The funds will support OCC’s activities for granting permits and monitoring construction and operation of injection or disposal wells in a manner that protects underground sources of drinking water. OCC will also conduct field surveillance, investigation, inspection and enforcement activities for injection and disposal wells.buzz
An injection well is used to place fluid underground into porous geologic formations. These underground formations may range from deep sandstone or limestone, to a shallow soil layer. Injected fluids may include water, wastewater, brine (salt water), or water mixed with chemicals. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that underground sources of drinking water be protected from contamination that might migrate from these wells.
For more about EPA grants: https://www.epa.gov/grants
For more about underground injection control: https://www.epa.gov/uic
Connect with EPA Region 6:
Activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.htm
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To: Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Betsy Price <betsy.price@fortworthtexas.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov> 
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2017 1:54 PM
Subject: Start applying now?

 

 

EPA Grant of More Than $123,000 Will Help Protect Louisiana’s Drinking Water Sources
Contact: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov
DALLAS – (April 28, 2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $123,680 to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) to protect groundwater from underground injection or disposal wells.
“Safe drinking water is one of our most important natural resources,” said Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman. “Partners like LDNR help EPA assure those resources are protected from pollution.”
The funds will support LDNR’s activities for granting permits and monitoring construction and operation of injection or disposal wells in a manner that protects underground sources of drinking water. LDNR will also conduct field surveillance, investigation, inspection and enforcement activities for injection and disposal wells.
An injection well is used to place fluid underground into porous geologic formations. These underground formations may range from deep sandstone or limestone to a shallow soil layer. Injected fluids may include water, wastewater, brine (salt water), or water mixed with chemicals. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that underground sources of drinking water be protected from contamination that might migrate from these wells.
For more about EPA grants: https://www.epa.gov/grants
For more about underground injection control: https://www.epa.gov/uic
Connect with EPA Region 6:
Activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/ region6.htm

—————-Thank you!

Sincerely,
Concerned Arlington drinker-breather

Kim Feil


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Sent: Saturday, May 6, 2017 12:42 PM
Subject: Fw: Injection Well Monitoring EPA Grants >$100,000 to Help Protect OK & LA Drinking Water Sources-what about Texas?
Regarding the upcoming case with the City of Arlington has hired you to represent them in protesting the proposed Bluestone Natural Resources Injection Well by Lake Arlington, thank you for reading through this information which could be very helpful to the case.
Kim Feil
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Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 10:24 AM
Subject: Lake Arlington Injection Well Monitoring – UTAclear group / environmental testing response email
FYI if you need examples of contamination to help fight protest, please contact Zachariah Hildenbrand, Kevin Schug or Doug DeWayne, thank you.
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Cc: Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Betsy Price <betsy.price@fortworthtexas.gov>; Betsy Price <betsy.price@fortworthgov.org>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; John Dugan <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>; “Schug, Kevin A” <kschug@uta.edu>; “Carlton, Doug DeWayne, Jr” <doug.carlton@uta.edu>
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 8:16 AM
Subject: Re: Injection Well Monitoring EPA Grants >$100,000 to Help Protect OK & LA Drinking Water Sources-what about Texas?

Thank you Kim,

As per the proposed injection well next to Lake Arlington, if it goes through this is something that we would like to monitor over time. Sub-surface contamination of water resources by injection wells has not been widely studied; however, my primary concerns pertain to the risks for surface contamination. We’ve seen surface spills on production well sites affect surface water quality in west Texas and similar contamination events could occur with this injection well since spill/accidents do occur.

All the best,

ZLH

Zacariah Hildenbrand, Ph.D.
Inform Environmental, LLC

6060 N. Central Expressway, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75206

zac@informenv.com

C: 915-694-7132

O: 214-800-2829

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Mary thank you for forwarding this email string and also, FYI the three attorneys’ emails rejected as in blocking me after my first contact, so they have not yet seen the response from the UTAclear representative, part of an environmental testing group skilled in looking for oil & gas water contamination events. This group has evidence that would be helpful in fighting this protest for the injection well planned near Lake Arlington.
Kim
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Relaxed Frack for RENEWABLE Energy Banking

earthday2017 008Our RRC commissioner, Ryan Sitton in the above photo, pointed out at a recent Earth Day speech in Dallas on injection wells that they “return that water back where it came from” suggesting in some imagined fashion of no harm done?

The RRC (aka Railroad Commission) is really the O&G regulatory agency for the state of Texas.  Ryan and his wife, Jennifer (a mechanical engineer herself) founded a fracking-related industry …...”Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies
PinnacleART™ is a leader in building, implementing and maintaining comprehensive reliability and integrity programs for process facilities in the oil and gas, chemical, mining, pharmaceutical, wastewater and electric power industries”.

Well rest UNassured we have radon issues in Texas – see the maps HERE….http://www.epdi.biz/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/MS5.pdf. 

Be concerned that the oil & gas industry DISTURBS “that” which NORMally would be harmless to surface dwellers  IF left down in the bowels of the earth. THEY set it in motion to migrate (or spill) disturbed NORM in our water supplies!  How do I know this for a fact? In 2011, Rowan et al. showed that high salinity mobilizes radionuclides, increasing exposure to radioactive waste. Their abstract study reads…”A positive correlation between the logs of TDS and radium activity can be demonstrated for the entire dataset, and controlling for this TDS dependence, Marcellus shale produced water samples contain statistically more radium than non-Marcellus samples”.

We must move on to demanding renewable energy sources and also tap into hydro & geothermal opportunities in addition to reducing our pesticide use and other chemical applications.

We can disrupt the fossil fuel industry because (Earth to Trump) demand sets the supply…..if you OVER supply (like the mad dash for fracked gas operators learned), you price yourself out of business.

I learned about a start up company at Earth Day Dallas called Quidnet Energy who needs the assistance of the oil & gas operators to do test runs of which a dry well was tested in the Barnett Shale per a 2015 news article.  The ironic part is that the fracking operators need to understand that Quidnet hopes to use renewable energy during the day from sun and wind to “charge up” or pressurize old REPURPOSED oil & gas wells with water to be released later (for example at night when the sun & wind has died). The released water goes into another reservoir to repeat/loop the process.  I imagine this could be for small scale applications. I would be delighted if the frack well in my backyard would give me free energy instead of mining VOC’s into my airshed. Here is the patent link, https://www.google.com/patents/US20150027952.

Quidnet Energy aspires to do “electricity banking/storage” , and (on a large scale basis) when the market is favorable (aka demand and prices are high) they “discharge” electricity.

When the market conditions are right, water that was stored underground is turned to energy via what I call a #RelaxedFRACK. A twitter video reads “generator is driven by a hydro-turbine w/high pressure H20 from repeatedly “relaxing” a 2K ft deep rock fracture”.

If you are offended by the “Relaxed Frack” term, just refer to the concept as  ‘pumped hydro’ using geologic reservoirs (audio here)……  “CAs the pressure increases, rock below the surface compresses like a spring (aka spring loaded). When the water is discharged, the pressure is released, pushes the water through turbines, and creates electricity”.

This is not new technology & actually has its own acronym, PHES, which stands for pumped hydroelectric energy storage. Whats new is using the fracker wells minus the chemicals or proppants and “look mom” no wastewater. BUT I see issues with bacteria and microbes making a real stink if it comes into contact with air!

Per the Guardian in a 2016 article, Quidnet “launched a pilot project this past year in Erath County, Texas, to demonstrate the concept. Mandell and his co-founder Howard Schmidt, an engineer with oil company Saudi Aramco, used an abandoned natural gas well, which runs 2,800 feet deep, into a reservoir that could hold 50k gallons of water. The project showed that after pumping water into the well for 12 hours, their technology could generate six hours of electricity”.

Making useful abandoned-from-bankruptcy? wells! Our RRC cannot afford to plug per article “Oil Bust Leaves States with Massive Well Clean Up” even though RRC Statewide Rule 14 purports to do so!

Sadly, due to twitter info, https://twitter.com/quidnetenergy , the last Relaxed-Frack test they did in 2016 did not work and there seems to NOT be any 2017 information on this company. But owner, Aaron Mandell, has another start up company in the works!

Besides Quidnet, Mandell has WaterFX where they aspire to take produced water and distill it to make pure water……sounds energy intense to me, but any time we can reduce the amount of toxic fluids going into the earth in injection wells, the better.  BUT I’m concerned about distilling frackwaters (CCS)and VOC emissions boiling out during the (solar friendly) heating up phase. WaterFX would need to use scrubbers to ensure no toxins are going into the air. And the leftover salts that operators like to sell as useful products would need to be tested for radionuclides.

In closing, Aaron Mandell gave me a business card with the company name, “AltaRock” (Enhanced Geothermal Systems), which is where I learned about a possible alternative divertor product (TZIMs) that MIGHT replace hydrochloric acid and toxic gel breakers that frackers currently use that risk polluting our water. Read about that here, https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/tzims-may-teach-og-frackers-to-lose-the-acid-washes/.
In a nutshell, AltaRock now aspires to tap geothermal sources….aka Aaron already lead in fracking The Newberry Volcano for starters amid all the concerns around seismicity…..I guess I’d choose frackquakes over the impending “runaway climate change game over 4 planet”! This is one ambitious guy! There may be hope for this planet yet!

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Microbes Resistant to Chlorine while Arlington Celebrates 10 yr Fracking Cash Cow = Water Change & Health Risk

Ten years already? The City of Arlington has a fracking slush fund to keep the citizens pacified while homeowner rights to live in an UNindustrialized neighborhood continues to be trampled.  Council has a conflict of interest to approve the drill sites AND be on the board for dishing out the dollars from the fund. Here is their happy little video! http://www.arlington-tx.gov/news/2017/05/01/delivering-dreams-arlington-tomorrow-foundation-celebrates-10th-anniversary/wilemon atf
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Arlington’s drinking water has changed since this Tomorrow Fund was born. The timing suspiciously correlates to when we started urban drilling.
Sorry to burst your feel good video balloon guys/gals, but this is blood money from urban drilling near our schools, churches, businesses and our homes. We need to save that cash to fund citizen medical treatments like bladder cancer….why?
Back on the City of Arlington’s 2001 Drinking Water Report we only reported one detectable radioactive effluent called Beta/Photon Emitters. But in 2004, we added Gross Alpha Particles AND Radium 228. Maybe we have Ft Worth to blame for disturbing all that NORM being brought up from the bowels of the earth with all that salty/brine waste water?

At least Arlington did NOT make this 2004 TeXas towns list of those that exceeded the Radium 226 illegal limit…

There is NO safe level of radionuclides exposure, and rest UNassured we have radon issues in Texas see the maps HERE….http://www.epdi.biz/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/MS5.pdf
In 2011, Rowan et al. showed that high salinity mobilizes radionuclides, increasing exposure to radioactive waste. Their abstract study reads…”A positive correlation between the logs of TDS and radium activity can be demonstrated for the entire dataset, and controlling for this TDS dependence, Marcellus shale produced water samples contain statistically more radium than non-Marcellus samples. The radium isotopic ratio, Ra-228/Ra-226, in samples from the Marcellus Shale is generally less than 0.3, distinctly lower than the median values from other reservoirs. This ratio may serve as an indicator of the provenance or reservoir source of radium in samples of uncertain origin”.
Radium Content of Oil-and Gas-Field Produced Waters in the Northern Appalachian Basin (USA): Summary and Discussion of Data (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263658210_Radium_Content_of_Oil-and_Gas-Field_Produced_Waters_in_the_Northern_Appalachian_Basin_USA_Summary_and_Discussion_of_Data [accessed May 3, 2017].
Ft Worth official, Fullenwider, reported  back in 2010 http://bit.ly/2pC5aVh …” Ten years ago (2000) there were no gas wells in town, Fullenwider said, but now there are 1,675 shale-gas wells within the city limits and over 100 brine disposal wells in the area.” She went on to say…”Then, in 2004, there was a sharp increase in the number of wells drilled, and drilling operations began moving into more populated areas”.
Before WE started drilling here in Arlington, our average Total Trihalomethanes (unwanted byproduct of disinfecting polluted water) was impressively low!
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From 2003-2006, Arlington’a TTHM’s had a range of 4.4 – 5.8 ppb and averaged only 5 ppb in PRE-drilling. 
But now compare that to our POST-drilling average TTHM’s…..
2007= 8.1 ppb,
2008=10.2 ppb,
2009=14.7 ppb  max 26 ppb (spill?),
2010=15.9 ppb,
2011=13.9 ppb,
2012=13.6 ppb,
2013=12.4 ppb,
2014=14.4 ppb,
2015=15.1 ppb,
2016=12.6 ppb.
The change was an increase in TTHM’s by a factor 2.6 or 160% increase in Arlington’s drinking water.
Our TTHMs have almost tripled since 2007
when this Tomorrow Fund was born. 
Ft Worth’s TTHM’s have been chronically high* and have finally started dropping after 2012 which I believe correlates to the BUST timing of the reduced drilling in the Barnett Shale. 
While both cities are still under the TTHM 80 ppb MCL (maximum contaminant level), to also see that Arlington’s TTHM’s started going UP correlating with the BOOM in drilling after 2007 helps make my case for how the blood money of urban drilling may be affecting our drinking water and our HEALTH.
But I don’t expect to see low TTHMS back to the 5 ppb for Arlington now that we have established production sites and keep in mind that Ft Worth has so many injection wells nearby in unincorporated areas. ALSO it won’t be long before Arlington gets an injection well right near the shores of our drinking water source at Lake Arlington!
In addition to NORM & TTHMs, I did blog and have contacted our city about seeing bromate start to appear in our Arlington drinking water reports in 2007 when we started drilling. Bromide is in drilling mud and turns into Bromate, a disinfectant by product.
If NORM, TTHMs, & Bromate don’t impress you, then look at your water reports and see the one distinct constituent that is always a hair away from being illegal….it is our secondary disinfectant, Chloramine.  FYI ozonation is our first line of disinfectant treatment.
But we NEED disinfectants!!! Yes but why so much? These microbes/bacteria are building up a resistance! Nature is so smart to defend itself.
Below is Ft Worth’s 2015 raw water report, some of which Arlington sources from too. Note that some tests are only done four times a year….
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 Why oh why won’t those microbes die?

An official from the Trinity River Authority commented of microbe testing….

“The testing methods that determine species and viability are very complicated and expensive so most entities choose to go with the common enumeration method.  That being said, it is important to test for these indicator organisms at the untreated/raw water intake point because they are resistant to the typical chemical disinfection processes that use chlorine and the number of ingested viable cysts required for infection is pretty low“. 
And it is not just the TRA admitting to chlorine resistant bacteria…….

The CLEAR team finds pathogenic bacteria in highly chlorinated water from a public water supply well. These startling findings and more to be published in one of our next scientific manuscripts.

So as a concerned Arlington citizen do I
blame the animal/human poopers for the
detects of microorganisms in the Ft Worth
raw water report? Not so fast!

Earlier UTA CLEAR also had a white paper published  and highlighted areas included:

  • Geospatial modeling correlated groundwater chemicals to Barnett fractured wells,
  •  Increased Beryllium strongly associated with hydraulically fractured gas well
  • Indirect evidence of pollutant migration via microannular fissures in well casings
 On UTA CLEAR”S publications page they wrote…..

Characterizing Microbial Contamination of Groundwater

“CLEAR takes a comprehensive view of water quality analysis. Recently, new tests have shown that populations of bacteria can be altered in conjunction with chemical contamination of water supplies. This is a very new development in an understudied area of research. Our working hypothesis is that the presence of chemical constituents can upset the natural balance of microbial communities, enabling the grow of bacteria, which in some cases, could be more deleterious than the chemicals themselves with respect to human exposure. We are currently drafting our first manuscript on this topic for peer review. Featured will be our use of both mass spectrometric and biochemical methods for characterizing bacterial populations in a variety of groundwater samples”.

 The frackers like to frack with surface water and per and industry source…..

http://wellservicingmagazine.com/bacteria-%E2%80%93-arch-nemeses-hydraulically-fractured-wells……

“Surface water, almost without exception, contains large populations of microorganisms, such as sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRBs) and acid-producing bacteria (APBs). So when a production company hires a service company to hydraulically frac a well, it is setting into motion a process that potentially holds both risk and reward. Hydraulic fracturing can open new parts of the reservoir for production; but it simultaneously injects microbes into fractured zones that can become established and cause serious problems, including formation damage, biogenic hydrogen sulfide (H2S), microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), and low-quality flowback water. Chemical companies exist to nullify these situations.”
 
“Bacteria are the arch-nemeses of hydraulically fractured wells, because water is the main ingredient in the fluids injected into oil and gas reservoirs during frac treatments.”
 
“…leading oilfield chemists have learned through exhaustive research and countless field applications over many decades: how virulent a bacterium can be if it finds a nutrient-rich environment and is left to reproduce unchecked. The implications of this latter point are significant, especially for companies using hydraulic fracturing technology in combination with advanced horizontal drilling…”
 
“A liquid scale inhibitor is introduced at surface into the acid for a frac procedure;
the corrosion inhibitor is introduced into the linear gel flush solution to be injected following the acid stage;
and a registered biocide is introduced in the fresh water prior to the gel chemicals being added.”
 
“…Once introduced into the reservoir, extremely small amounts of inhibitor and biocide are produced back to the surface throughout the flowback period, until the well is placed on production.”
 
“After the fracing process is complete, highly-trained field technicians must monitor biocide levels in flowback fluids, gather and culture bacteria for enumeration studies, and adjust future treatment parameters based on empirical indicators. Close monitoring optimizes the effectiveness of biocide treatments, which helps sustain production by reducing safety and environmental risks, chemical consumption and operating costs.”
This is more than you wanted to know I’m sure.
So what did you just read about these biocides?…The point is the biocides attempting to control these #frackONcrack microbes are being injected in these disposal wells! You know these disposal wells have no bottom right? In our area they are injected into the old salty ocean called the Ellenberger.
We hope they stay down there.
We hope the casings hold.
We hope there are no spills along the way.
We hope the truck manifests ACCOUNT for all fluids that are evacuated daily from each storage tank that are driven to these injection wells.
Consider IF the proposed injection well near Lake Arlington ends up receiving PIPED IN toxic waste waters from nearby padsites, we hope the pipes forever hold all that corrosive brine materials.
We hope the plastic piping doesn’t leach the Houdini of hydrocarbons, Benzene, into nearby soil/water sources into nearby soil/water sources. Former Senator Wendy Davis once spoke at an Energy hearing in Ft Worth (that I was selected to speak at too) and was concerned that these plastic pipes carrying produced water
isn’t regulated….
 
Here’s another DidJaKnow….DJK that our gathering gas pipelines at all these padsites are not odorized? Read here about how a fatal home explosion in Urban Drilling Killing happened recently in Colorado… http://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/02/firestone-explosion-cause-cut-gas-line/
*Ft Worths TTHMs averaged 45 ppb from 2003-2012. The downward trend starting in 2013 could be related to the decrease in drilling the Barnett Shale…..

2003  39 ppb

2004  37 ppb

2005  48 ppb

2006  38  ppb

2007  51 ppb

2008  52 ppb

2009  45 ppb

2010  49 ppb

2011  50 ppb

2012  38 ppb

2013  22 ppb

2014  26 ppb

2015  28 ppb

2016 (report not out yet)

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5th Quake in four days to happen again DFW? #SaveLakeArlington #InjectionWell

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Today we had a shallow frackquake in Ft Worth https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10008mke#dyfi

Back in 2014 the DFW area had some seismic activity.  https://twitter.com/RThomas007/status/537724829592342528quake5Fast forward to TODAY, May 1, 2017……. 3 miles deep in Ft Worth……

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Here is the epic center

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One  frack well just over a mile

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Another frack well 1.5 miles away from epic center

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This is under 8 miles away from a drinking water source for almost 500K people, #SaveLakeArlington from BlueStone TOXIC disposal injection well!

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It took guts holding a (NOT ADVERTISED) frack forum @EarthDayTexas

When the UTAClear videos are ready, the world will know what the good SCIENTISTS had to say about “responsible drilling” because this forum was NOT on the speaker list for fairgoers to attend!

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https://twitter.com/davidhunn/status/858029581332303873truth isIt could be argued that the reason the “Responsible Drilling Shale Forum” was not on the speaker list was because it was held in the HALL of STATE building and that building was not on the program …BUT….an oceanographer speaker not related to the fraking forum was mentioned in one of the programs …guess where she was speaking?…. at the HALL of STATE!…….004

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The only mention was the “Fracking going Forward” wrap up report.… so we missed the guest speakers/scientists presentations. As for the wrap up…. in my opinion the UTAClear speakers took half the time explaining how they don’t get Christmas cards from either side…#disappointedgotcha sitton 2earthday2017 008
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