Withdraw from the Race Mayor (senile) Cluck – its Time to Retire

If HB40 makes it all the way to state law, the important votes you and council once had to try to make drilling near people safer (but never took advantage of) won’t count anymore anyway. So really I should give a frack about the elections. But I have another DOCTOR asking me how I can help get YOU out of there…..

In speaking with a doctor of the TX Health Resources system, he asked what I could do to help get someone else elected rather than (YOU) Mayor Cluck. He explained that you have a very important position with TX Health Resources and that he called you on something saying…“Doc, don’t you remember what you said earlier?” He told me “Cluck replied that sometimes he can’t remember what he had for breakfast!”

Hey Doc, its OK to grow old and lose your mind-it happens, but to continue in your capacity as incapacitated mayor is fracking wrong.

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Plus, you limited all of Arlington’s citizens speaking time because of the growing public resistance to fracking.

Yes I was relentless in sharing with you & council at most gaswell permit deliberations, but that information was hard research and always new and informative on the risks of fracking. The theme of public harm was repetitious, but not the content, and on one more than one occasion you limited my free speech by interrupting me telling me what my content should be, even turning off my mic on a couple occasions…

YOU punished the rest of the Arlington citizens by removing a minute of speaking time for everyone.

YOU even went as far as to eliminate the archive of Citizen Participation in televising non-agenda items. 

YOU voted to effectively remove drilling agenda items via a drilling zone ordinance change so those unhappy with fracking will never go on video archive record.

YOU had the swing vote to allow continued drilling less than 400 feet from a daycare center!

The one and only time YOU ever wrote me back was to tell me that I get more speaking time than all of city council. How nice that you ignored the other content of hundreds of emails of important information I sent you on Urban Drilling risks.

YOU also called Buddy Sanders a lier when he spoke about a comment an un-named councilperson said about needing to move a red light camera to a new area since the fees were down at that spot now that people know its there.

I could go on and on but YOU aren’t worth anymore of my time YOU old, feeble, pathetic man.

Oh how exciting that the LIVEABILITY award in Arlington is enjoyed only if YOU are an animal…

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yes Dr. Death, WE R RATS IN A CAGE WITH YOUR URBAN DRILLING proximity to people EXPERIMENT.

“THIS” is examples of our reward from continuing to elect YOU.

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HB40 takes last 5 years/Gas Well Ordinance updates & wipes’em away-Arlington info

Screen shot 2015-03-30 at 11.40.37 PMBye bye to the fee-per-well that pays for Arlington Fire Department’s response readiness for gas well emergencies?

http://arlingtontx.com/images/uploads/Natural_Gas_Well_Proposal_020712.pdf

 

“On November 15, 2011, City Council approved first reading of the ordinance by a vote of 6-2-0 with the following provisions:

· Allow the specific use permit and gas well permit to move concurrently through the review process so that one public hearing on both applications can be held.

· Require submittal of the Railroad Commission of Texas permit prior to issuance of City permit instead of as part of permit application.

· Prohibit use of diesel rigs (and require use of electric rigs) within 450 feet of protected use, and allow administrator flexibility to authorize the use of alternative rigs if extenuating circumstances exist.

· Remove Lake Arlington from the definition of protected use and state in ordinance that drilling is prohibited within 600 feet of the lake.

· Remove language about platting until changes to the subdivision ordinance are completed.

· Change removal period for sound walls from 30 days to 60 days with the ability to request an extension of time from the Inspector.

· Remove City-owned real property from the calculation of the 70 percent consent needed for reductions in setbacks.

· Require masonry walls around the entire compressor station site, with City Council discretion to change this requirement based on surrounding uses.”

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Arlington American Dream City – Old Faithful Drilling Rig behind American Dream Home

Thanks to Fish Creek Monitor for this video clip…

Faithful Trail aerial view….the predominant winds come from the south/southeast and so this gigantic neighborhood is downwind to the storage tanks and any other leaks. In the winter, Benzene likes to linger, in the summer the VOC’s worsen the area’s ozone. Ozone is a corrosive gas that eats our lungs ya know.

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A daily occurrence is the truck(s) that come to evacuate the toxic produced fluids…the more wells, the more tanks, the more diesel trucks. Better hope if the roads ever become impassible that the storage tanks don’t overflow if the auto shut in’s don’t work.

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Click here to see the gathering lines and storage tanks dangerously close to Arlington homes. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/toxic-storage-tanks-within-100-feet-of-7-homes-on-mossberg-dr-arlington-tx/

FRACK FACT….in Arlington our storage tanks can be as close as ONE HUNDRED FEET from Arlington citizens. What a nightmare!


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https://twitter.com/search?q=commercially%20reasonable&src=typd             Lake Arlington Baptist Church drill site

 

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Pics of Arlington padsites back to back=different fracking operators not working together #CommerciallyReasonable

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 12.27.03 PM Lake Arlington is the reservoir for our drinking water.

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 12.25.09 PMThe Southwest Nature Preserve has two sites too.

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 11.57.42 AMIn Arlington greed4gas city USA, above is a pic at Cooper St/California Lane. What was a Carrizo site is now an Enervest padsite. This site boarders a Chesapeake pad site and just to the east is our Arlington Medical District-lovely. Our city council should have denied one of these padsites and made the operators work together to develop the minerals #noExcuse !

I’m sure I can find more padsites where our council allowed new padsites to come into our town when there may have already been another drill site that could have reached the minerals.

The reason I bring up these pictures is because a former industry executive had a remark to make about the new setback distance determination needing to be a distance that is “CommerciallyReasonable”. The state is trying to take local control of the drill site placement out of the municipalities hands and so they think that Ft Worth was the success story, but kid u not it isn’t! The Ft Worth League of neighborhoods had to get the Ft Worth ISD to push for 1,000 setback by schools! Here is that dispersion modeling study that was presented to the ISD.

For greedy towns like Arlington…that didn’t matter-they are still “drill here drill now” greedy…but for towns like Denton that voted the frackers out, we (Ft Worth officials-in bed w/industry in my opinion) now have to define what an “CommerciallyReasonable” setback distance is.

Here is a letter that I forwarded to Arlington’s City Council from Chip Northrup….

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Robert Cluck <robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Susan Schrock <sschrock@star-telegram.com>; Bridgett White <bridgett.white@arlingtontx.gov>; Tony Rutigliano <tony@downtownarlington.org>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>; Collin Gregory <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Cindy Powell <cpowell@aisd.net>; Stuart Young <stuart.young@arlingtontx.gov>; Roger Venables <roger.venables@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay W. White <jay.white@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:50 PM
Subject: Chip Northrup response to Texas HB 40 “Commercially Reasonable” Test Fail
I’d like to thank Jim Parajon for representing the City of Arlington in Austin. Now we must put pressure on the Fort Worth officials that have been asked to write an ordinance update  rewrite a drilling bill. In addressing setbacks, originally the landmen came in and you and the citizens of Arlington that “we turn the drilling sideways and so we can go out a mile and get your minerals-you won’t even see us”, but next thing you know we have those two (Enervest & Chesapeake) drill sites back to back at Cooper St and California Ln…and then two more back to back at our Southwest Arlington Nature Preserve. (Also almost ten padsites on the Ft Worth side of Lake Arlington-our drinking water reservoir-yes they spilled in it ONE time that I know of).
 
In one of your day session meetings there was discussion that the different drilling companies were supposed to work together so that we didn’t have padsites so close together…but it was your fault dear council people for not denying these. You had the right to make the different operators work together. Everyone’s greed has an ugly head to look at now.
Please contact Jungus Jordan, Danny Scarth, and city attorney, Sarah Fullenwider and tell them that a lot more than a 1,500 foot setbacks is economically feasible based on this email below….. 
Thank you
Kim Feil
PS Here is my interview on Channel 11‘s coverage of the Mansfield meeting as an FYI.
  “There was an emission event off that site and my windows and doors were closed and the odor came in my home, so I don’t think within a half mile is far enough,” she said.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Chip Northrup <northrup49@gmail.com>
To:
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:31 AM
Subject: Texas HB 40 “Commercially Reasonable” Test Fail
I think the oil and gas attorneys that drafted Texas HB 40 overlooked a few things. The bill imposes a “commercially reasonable” test on any municipal oil and gas ordinance – such as a setback.  
The sponsors think that Dallas’s 1,500 foot setback is “too long” – when the average length of a lateral in the Barnett Shale is a mile, 5,280 feet. And the average spacing unit is a section, 640 acres. 
If the well pad is in the middle of the spacing unit, the lateral would be 2,640 feet long. So the empirical standard for a “commercially reasonable” setback from the spacing unit boundary is a lot more than 1,500 feet. 
A lateral of less than 2,640 feet in the Barnett would probably be uneconomic – not “commercially reasonable.” Maybe Dallas should increase its setback to make it more “commercially plausible” to conform with the average spacing unit setback. 
My take on the bill in general :
Kindly pass this along to the lawyer types.
END Northrup letter

update -Denton Record Chronicle reported of the industry… 

“To drain the Barnett [of its natural gas], we need one well for every 20 acres,” Wilson said, citing well-spacing rules from the Texas Railroad Commission.

Texas Sharon commented in response…

Sharon Wilson · Top Commenter · Works at EARTHWORKS

Devon refuses to be held to any rules.
Devon has drilled 36 wells from one pad site in the Barnett Shale.
http://www.mineralweb.com/news/devon-energy-drills-36-wells-single-pad/
Operators in Mansfield plan to drill 36 wells from one pad site.
http://www.fwweekly.com/2015/03/25/gas-industry-holds-on-tight/
Encana drained 640 acres from a 4.6 acre site in Parachute, WY. http://www.energyandcapital.com/articles/multi-well-pad/2892
And here’s one with 60 wells on one large pad sitehttp://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/information/nepa/glenwood_springs_field/2011_documents.Par.53154.File.dat/DOI-BLM-CO-N040-2011-0110-EA.pdf
Devon is not a good neighbor. That’s a platitude they issue with veiled threats. If you say is a million times, it’s doesn’t make it true.”
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How bout’ we jus’ eliminate people & let cars drive themselves? Frack = cancer latent in the wait!

Nuthn’ to see here…go lay back down in your frack on crack air & water/food shed.

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State tryn’ to regulate fracking OUT of local city control #CommerciallyReasonable

Chip Northup, a former industry guy, had a response to the “commercially reasonable” drilling setback distances being discussed in Austin recently as our GOP trys to undo the Denton fracking ban….(I boldfaced for emphasis)

“The sponsors think that Dallas’s 1,500 foot setback is “too long” – when the average length of a lateral in the Barnett Shale is a mile, 5,280 feet. And the average spacing unit is a section, 640 acres. 
 
If the well pad is in the middle of the spacing unit, the lateral would be 2,640 feet long. So the empirical standard for a “commercially reasonable” setback from the spacing unit boundary is a lot more than 1,500 feet.” 

end Northrup comment…read full letter below.


Texas DON’T DO IT ! I said to CBS DFW 11

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kim austin state capital

I traveled with Dentonites to Austin to help support them to defend their fracking ban. We all need to stop our lives and join this battle!

Adam Briggle, one of the leaders in the Denton resistance, wrote……

“Initially, I thought I got three minutes for each bill (in Austin)….but now we are told it is three minutes total. Anyway, here were my planned remarks for HB 539…will need to cut them now:
I am speaking as Vice President of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, a non-profit organization that educates citizens and promotes their health, safety, and welfare when it comes to urban shale gas development.

I am opposed to HB 539, which sacrifices sound policy for political overreach.

For roughly a century now, Texas has been a leader in oil and gas production. That success has occurred in a context of strong and varied local regulations. Since at least the 1930s, Texas courts have been upholding the oil and gas ordinances of Texas cities as expressions of reasonable local needs for protections from hazards and nuisances.

In short, the much vaunted Texas miracle occurred in the context of a tradition of robust local control. Tell me, what is the problem here that is in need of fixing?! Why suddenly this sense that cities – which cover less than 7% of the state – are slowing us down?!

Mr. King is fond of saying that “Local control and limited government must be the first resort not the last.” Local communities know what suits them best. As Governor Greg Abbott said, we should resist “one-size-fits-all, cookie cutter solutions” pushed down from central government.

Yet HB 539 is a ticket to cookie cutter solutions, ending generations of local control, because no city would risk incurring the costs ginned up in Austin. The only thing left will be the one-size-fits-all rules of state government.

HB 539 only prescribes a cost assessment not a cost/benefit assessment. But of course, regulations also save us money and protect the very goods for which we seek money – values like health and quality of life. If regulations were all cost and no benefit, then we might as well eliminate the Railroad Commission – given how much more territory they govern, they would surely be costing us orders of magnitude more than cities.

On a true cost and benefit calculation, the state would owe cities money for the economic benefits of local regulations. Cities save the state from the need to administer surface impact rules that protect our families and property values. City rules foster orderly and sustainable development that in turn helps drive the state economy forward.

Now, I understand that local control needs to be balanced by the rule of law that protects individual liberties and rights. But rule of law is only as good as the laws that are ruling. With vested rights, non-disclosure of chemicals, non-reporting of emissions, the dominance of the mineral estate, and lax enforcement, the state does not take the protection of people as its top priority. This is why city regulations are so vital. We need laws that shelter local control, not ones that undermine it through arbitrary and counterproductive fiscal chicanery.”

http://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=37&clip_id=10291

As usual I post my letters-here is my letter to our Arlington City Council…

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Robert Cluck <robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Susan Schrock <sschrock@star-telegram.com>; Bridgett White <bridgett.white@arlingtontx.gov>; Tony Rutigliano <tony@downtownarlington.org>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>; Collin Gregory <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Cindy Powell <cpowell@aisd.net>; Stuart Young <stuart.young@arlingtontx.gov>; Roger Venables <roger.venables@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay W. White <jay.white@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:50 PM
Subject: Chip Northrup response to Texas HB 40 “Commercially Reasonable” Test Fail
I’d like to thank Jim Parajon for representing the City of Arlington in Austin. Now we must put pressure on the Fort Worth officials that have been asked to write an ordinance update rewrite a drilling bill. In addressing setbacks, originally the landmen came in and told you and the citizens of Arlington that “we turn the drilling sideways and so we can go out a mile and get your minerals-you won’t even see us”, but next thing you know we have those two (Enervest & Chesapeake) drill sites back to back at Cooper St and California Ln…and then two more back to back at our Southwest Arlington Nature Preserve,  (Also almost ten padsites on the Ft Worth side of Lake Arlington-our drinking water reservoir-yes they spilled in it ONE time that I know of).
In one of your day session meetings there was discussion that the different drilling companies were supposed to work together so that we didn’t have padsites so close together…but it was your fault dear council people for not denying these. You had the right to make the different operators work together. Everyone’s greed has an ugly head to look at now.
Please contact Jungus Jordan, Danny Scarth, and city attorney, Sarah Fullenwider and tell them that a lot more than a 1,500 foot setbacks is economically feasible (commercially feasible) based on this email below….. 
Thank you
Kim Feil
PS Here is my interview on Channel 11‘s coverage of the Mansfield meeting as an FYI.
  “There was an emission event off that site and my windows and doors were closed and the odor came in my home, so I don’t think within a half mile is far enough,” she said.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Chip Northrup <northrup49@gmail.com>
To:
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:31 AM
Subject: Texas HB 40 “Commercially Reasonable” Test Fail
I think the oil and gas attorneys that drafted Texas HB 40 overlooked a few things. The bill imposes a “commercially reasonable” test on any municipal oil and gas ordinance – such as a setback.  
The sponsors think that Dallas’s 1,500 foot setback is “too long” – when the average length of a lateral in the Barnett Shale is a mile, 5,280 feet. And the average spacing unit is a section, 640 acres. 
If the well pad is in the middle of the spacing unit, the lateral would be 2,640 feet long. So the empirical standard for a “commercially reasonable” setback from the spacing unit boundary is a lot more than 1,500 feet. 
 
A lateral of less than 2,640 feet in the Barnett would probably be uneconomic – not “commercially reasonable.” Maybe Dallas should increase its setback to make it more “commercially plausible” to conform with the average spacing unit setback. 
My take on the bill in general :
Kindly pass this along to the lawyer types.

end Northrup statement


Begin pics showing Arlington’s greed in not making the individual drilling operators work together to develop minerals and space these padsites a mile away from each other…they bragged they could go out a mile….

#FAIL=ArlingtonCityCouncil-N-AllowingBack2BackPadSites 
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FRACK FACT….in Arlington our storage tanks can be as close as ONE HUNDRED FEET from Arlington citizens. What a nightmare!


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https://twitter.com/search?q=commercially%20reasonable&src=typd             Lake Arlington Baptist Church drill site

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Toxic Produced Water Spill in River upstream from Benbrook Lake 3/22/15

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UPDATE- Eyes on Drilling National Hotline has a report# 1111435 that has already been filed.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Darryl Westbrook <darryl.westbrook@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Cluck <robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Susan Schrock <sschrock@star-telegram.com>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Bridgett White <bridgett.white@arlingtontx.gov>; Tony Rutigliano <tony@downtownarlington.org>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>; Collin Gregory <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Stuart Young <stuart.young@arlingtontx.gov>; Roger Venables <roger.venables@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay W. White <jay.white@arlingtontx.gov>; “tips@wfaa.com” <tips@wfaa.com>
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:18 AM
Subject: Unreported spill into Benbrook Lake yesterday
Mr Pishkur, aren’t we getting water from there for our drinking supply?
If so can you have emergency tests performed to watch for drilling related effluents-heavy  metals etc…?
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From: “Jerry lobdill BarnettShale_GassedNGastly]” <BarnettShale_GassedNGastly@yahoogroups.com>
To: NCTCA Group <nctca@googlegroups.com>; BarnettShale_GassedNGastly <barnettshale_gassedngastly@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 8:41 AM
Subject: [BarnettShale_GassedNGastly] Unreported spill into Benbrook Lake yesterday
At about 2 PM yesterday (Sunday 3/22/15) I was northbound on 377 from Granbury. The bridge across the Trinity at 377 was closed for northbound traffic for about 3 hours when an 18 wheeler’s trailer went off the bridge into the river, spilling gas well produced “water” into the river a little upstream from Benbrook Lake. Oh, the blessings of natural gas!
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Posted by: Jerry lobdill

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Largest FAULT line found in Barnett Shale at Viridian in Arlington

Originally I sought to learn if the city inspectors wrote up violations to put pressure on getting rid of the gas well padsites at the new Huffines Community development called the Viridian in northeast Arlington. Turns out they really did need to be cleaned up.

I also sought to learn if the clean up was done properly, but there are no records that exist per an open records request with the city. The Army Corps of Engineers surprisingly makes no mention of gas wells good, bad, or ugly in responding to my open records report. They also made no mention of any alleged buried jet fuel tanks*

In 2006 the Dallas Business Journal (DBJ) reported that Sam Ware paid thirteen million for 1,950 acres. He retained his mineral rights and sold the surface land to Huffines promising them 25% of the royalties. Drilling for natural gas started on November 10, 2006 but by 2010, the bank foreclosed on the mineral rights and Huffines was suing for their 25% royalty money as promised.

Fast-forward to 2015 when the president of Huffines, Mr Kembel, and his partner made two claims at a community meeting I attended: that there IS gas there, and that they bought back the rights to the minerals so as to not have to oppose drilling occurring in their development. ‘How thoughtful of them’ I recall thinking. At that time I did not know that the Huffines group sued Mr Ware for the royalties that never materialized …because- the-first-two-wells-did-NOT-produce-much.

SO WHY WOULD HUFFINES GROUP SAY THERE IS GAS THERE when the drillers say otherwise?…

  • hopeful wishing?
  • greenwashing goodwill attempt to not drill when gas probably isn’t there anyway?

The value of the Viridian minerals…….that is still a mystery.

The DBJ reported that Ray Ledesma, president of Star of Texas and a former engineer for Amoco, said “We know there’s a lot of gas there, the key will be how we frack the wells,” he said. Senior investment officer, David Belzer, said “There’s a high level of confidence that gas exists; it’s purely a function of mechanical execution,”

The DBJ reported that the seismic surveys revealed that the area sits on the largest fault in the Barnett Shale and that “the 1,800-foot drop off is now formally called Bird’s Fort Fault.” 

If drilling near an 1,800ft fault line complicates things…does building homes in that area make it safe with all our frackquakes happening?…as I type this Oklahoma just had a 4.2 quake. 

But after the first well was drilled ‘in a shallow part’ with Star of Texas Energy Services, and the second well was drilled ‘at depth’ with Range Resources…you almost can’t blame both drillers-you need to blame the formation. Thats what Range did when they would not complete the third well citing a ‘complex geology’.

In speaking with the VP of Range Resources, (who sold to Legend-who capped those wells), he told me a few years ago that the reason those wells weren’t productive is… “we drilled into an area-that very faulted area at depth-in the Barnett, and what I understand from our geophysicist is that in those very faulted areas of the Barnett, over the hundreds of millions of years that the Barnett has been there, the gas has essentially leaked off through those faults and gone into upper formations in the Ft Worth Basin”.

In a 2012 video I made, albeit one of my poorest clarity videos, you can see the changes over the last few years ….

On the west side of Collins, where our expanded dump is ever encroaching, in my 2012 video I show the XTO Howling Hound Drill Site that is still in existence in 2015. I was told that this site is still producing our beloved antiquated fossil fuels.

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2015 XTO Howling Hound Drill Site west of Collins St in Arlington TX at the Viridian Community.

That XTO site is in the 2012 picture below. Look for the long, bright white, triangular shape next to the words ‘N.Collins St.'; just below that is the gathering pipelines or valve yard.

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2012

In the 2015 picture below south of the triangle shape is an L shape, now there are some buildings there. The natural gas gathering lines are still there…..

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2015

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2015

If you are having trouble seeing the gathering lines in the northwest quadrant of the above pic, go to the 2012 picture below. The piping is level with the two troughs that the truck is heading towards in the picture, The gathering lines are just to the right of those troughs…

viridian trough:gathering  lines w of collins

2012

Here is a closer 2012 look, the gathering lines are just north of that round looking structure…

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Today you can see the white piping, gathering lines in the 2015 pic below…

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2015

Gathering stations have been going dreadfully close to people here in Arlington. Here is a link to another Arlington blogger of her valve yard pics next to people’s homes.

The second possible drill site location in the below 2012 pic is the scorched earth, white square just northeast of the black, teardrop shaped spot just. The black spot is southeast of what I call the “fingerlakes”. In my video, I questioned if that blackened spot was a grass fire stain or if it could be toxic mud farming from the drilling mud cuttings….good news…I was told that a tractor caused a grass fire there.

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Here is a closer look at the second suspect scorched earth spot that could have been a drill site…smack dab in the middle of the Viridian project..ooops

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2012

The third site closest to Birds Fort (above the fingerlakes) is either LOBF pad 8 or pad 11, both padsites had violations. I contacted the VP of Range Resources and asked him if he felt the city picked on them with those violations to close that site, or if they really were offensive to the environment. Here was his response (or read below)…

“When I looked at the pictures of our location that were taken by the inspector, I gotta tell ya’ I was embarrassed and from my perspective, I don’t think they were picking on us. I actually think that they realized that we were about to sell it, and they knew I think that logically you know that they buyer was probably in a position to force us to do some clean up and they probably been having some trouble getting my guys to do it because these wells were I mean ‘terrible’-they just weren’t economic and so obviously those guys just didn’t want to spend money they didn’t have to. Now I will tell you that I didn’t think very highly of just our maintenance and upkeep of those locations. I thought that they-you know, we should have done some basic stuff uh before the city cited us…..” 

  “B A S IC  S T U F F?”

Since someone else had already called this drill site a toxic dump…..

http://durangotexas.blogspot.com/2009/02/huffines-veridian-at-river-legacy-park.html The one anonymous comment is…. “So anyway I did some research last night and found out that Sam Ware of Lazarus Property Corp., a real estate developer from Dallas is the one that owned the property before Huffines. He found out about the natual gas there and sold the land-minus the mineral rights to Huffines. He is the one that has the 2 toxic dump gas wells there close to the Birds Fort marker. That would be the top part of the “boot” on the map that I told you about. Anyway, I guess it’s better that Huffines has the project than Mr Ware. After goggling his name it comes to light that he has been sued quite a few times in different states for unscrupulous land development matters.”

Since that commenter above called this drill site a toxic dump…..I pulled my hand written notes from the 6/29/2011 City of Arlington Gas Well inspection reports, and here are my notes….

LOBF Pad 8 notes

a) Containment Unit Failed:

  • secondary containment is…not lined
  • not a 3 ft min height and is not buried at least 1 ft below the surface. Drip pots are not provided at the pump out connection to contain liquids from the storage tank.
  • c) 8′ height requirement=fail, this site is in excess of 8 ft

e) NFPA Diamond (signage)=fail

Wellhead

c) cellar filled or closed=fail

d) Bradenhead (psi) guage installed=fail on the 1H & 8H wells


LOBF Pad 11  notes

Need painting

Road issues on containing dust not followed

b. secondary containment unit=fail

a primary containment unit=fail

NFPA placard=fail

f. lightening arrestor system=fail

c. cellar filled or closed=fail

d. bradenhead psi guage=fail on 1H and 2H wells

Here are the pics of the padsite in the northeast quadrant of the area…

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2012 by Euless Main Rd

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2012 road nearby is the Euless Main

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2015 you can still see the old padsite and where the well head could be, I saw a pile of wood I think to camouflage the plugged well head.

*On a different, but kinda related note…I also sought to learn if the alleged jet fuel tanks buried in the area existed, but the young man with the dinosaur excavation group that told me about the possibility of them being there-buried…well he died a strange strangulation death. His affiliate with the dig says he doesn’t know of any buried jet fuel tanks….but that is for a different blog.

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They can light their driveway on fire w/methane leak in Owasso OK


UPDATE 3/23/15 FOX23 coverage

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Subject: FOX23 coverage several homes have methane bubbling under their concrete

UPDATE! 3/20/2015

:Update on methane gas….now both neighbors on both sides of us have had there gas cut off too!!! It’s spreading people it’s a community problem we all need to stand together and fight!!!!!


Its been at least seventeen months that there has been a methane leak in Lake Valley Estates in Owasso Oklahoma. One family has been impacted the most…so far.

Here is the link where FOX23 reported on the gas leak back on July 2014.

Homeowner, Max David Murphy, wrote me on Facebook…

“I have a 7 yr old, 3 yr old, and an 18 month old.

I’m worried of possible adverse health risks involved;

this was our first home buying experience….

I have a neighbor says his gas was shut off 3 months before we moved in.

Another maybe three blocks away says her backyard bubbles as well…

ponds bubble as well….

ONG (gas company) came out said they were surveying and said there was a gas leak and they’re going to put us in a hotel a week before Thanksgiving only to say 10 days later during a ice storm that my family and I had to return to a home with no gas service…. had to convert the house to electric. I changed over all appliances with no recourse….

24 confirmed capped wells in the area -undisclosed of course…”

The wife writes on Facebook below the videoHere is the video…

….because it’s spreading!!!!! Its now in the neighbors yard and along the sidewalk and into the road in front of our house, u can see the cracks in the road right in front of our house also it used to be part of our fence line….now it’s the whole fence line that stays wet and bubbles!!!!!”

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Lake Arlington DAM fracked should Army Corps of Engineers worry?

At almost half the distance of 3,000 feet that the Army Corps of Engineers says gas wells should be drilled near dams, ours was fracked at 1,600 feet…..lovely.

Read about Reed and Read on the Grand Prairie Joe Pool Lake dam fracking story here.

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Two drill sites less than 4,000 feet from each other-they said they can go our one mile-so why have two drill sites? Why even have one in a densely populated area…near our drinking water source?

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