$15 hr LIVING wage=faster DYING planet biosphere – REPROGRAMMING descretionary spending 4 FINER THINGS in life

In formerly working at dd’s DISCOUNTS I’m saddened to KNOW that people will buy needless cheap or not so cheap STUFF regardless of their great or not so great income.

Manufacturing jobs require mining and other resources such as water and electricity. That which goes into energy production and manufacturing is a ZERO SUM game to the environment’s air, water, and soil.

See the movie “The Real Cost” http://truecostmovie.com/ .

ALL people need to be able to afford the living necessities…Xtra stuff should be priced so high as to reflect the cost to the environment so we make WISE choices with our money to not waste. Here is the order I believe we should be FIRST spending our money on:

  • to eat healthy  (eating healthy can help control the costs of healthcare),
  • to have sustainable protective, clean, & private shelter,
  • to have sustainable energy & transportation sources, and
  • to have safe, reliable internet, education, & municipal infrastructures (water utilities, bridges etc).

SECOND we need to be REPROGRAMMED to use our expendable income to have DOWN time to be relaxed and entertained. We need to place a value on relationships and not hours of internet shopping.

THIS would CREATE JOBS for talented musicians, artists, writers, speakers, athletes, church workers, program organizers and workers that serve those who physically or mentally cannot work.

If we give this reprogramming a chance people could find that they would rather make less money and work fewer hours in the work week rather than being out shopping for THINGS they THINK they WANT, or things they THINK they NEED.

What would the world be like if we did not feel the need to be keeping up with the Jones? We’d have less things to dust, insure & downsize.

LASTLY we should worry about how we clothe ourselves and our homes with THINGS. We should select those consumables that are durable, safe, refurbished, reused, and/or repurposed.

CONSUMABLES do not have 2 B  NEW! I really like how the resale businesses are flourishing…good job people! If collecting things like antiques or model cars give us pleasure…surely we can network to keep these things out of the landfills and embark on “sharing” & “showing” programs…I’d love to loan out some things that I hope to get back or can “visit” later on…I myself cannot get over having “things”…but if we ALL were reprogrammed to let go …historically humans have adored idols in the past-we just need new sustainable idols. I guess I’m describing heaven? Can we have heaven on earth? We’ve been told we should aspire to live life on earth as we would behave in heaven….but we have trashed the Earth we’ve been given thus far.

We need to DEMAND that we reduce the SUPPLY of manufacturing needless TRINKETS. I’m afraid if the $15 minimum wage is finally passed (which it did NOT today in the format to have the $15 index with inflation) that it would be a free pass to spend even money for UNsustainable items.

If we ever go to a $15 hour living wage it should come with the responsibility to be reprogrammed into sustainable spending habits. We need to NOT shop or over eat because we lack life fulfillment and or relationships. NEVER SHOP for THINGS to fill our empty hearted lives.

Manufacturing NEW things are a zero sum game to the environment (and our health being exposed to toxins). Having NEW things worsens COSTLY climate change and causes human suffering. So much goes into cleaning up (lives) from storm, ozone, & fire damages.

TOGETHER we should undertake the reprogramming effort to change our mindset as consumers of trinkets. Instead we should advertise the benefits of the REAL, SUSTAINABLE, finer things in life for quality food, shelter, education & entertainment.

The excesses in wanting and acquiring THINGS should be ostracized like cigarette smoking is today! Now to go put away all my garage sale junk!DSCN6917.JPG

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#Txexit ? TAD Highest & Best Use = 97% fracking devaluation ?

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Regis The Cat says “This 97% devaluation is wrong in many fracked up ways.”

Since TexASS is ate up with with drilling wells for fossil fuels (“surface” land value loss too-see letter below)…. and seeing how the feds want the frackers to fix their global warming methane leaks…if we were to sucede too think how much methane we’d get to waste? 
The scientists affected by #Brexit are very worried about the fate of their environment for sure…http://gizmodo.com/british-scientists-are-flipping-out-about-brexit-1782557431
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Sent: Friday, June 24, 2016 11:30 AM
Subject: idea for Ranger deal
http://bit.ly/28SGuyZ “I have an idea – get Chesapeake to help the Rangers pay for OUR half…they owe us big time in property devaluations  (ave 75-95 % ?) at these drill sites where the highest and best use is high impact, toxic, industrialized mining operations at 55 plus padsites in Arlington pathetically raping the earth, insulting already bad air quality, & risking water supplies fracking for soon 2 B obselete fossil fuels”.
 
I’ve asked Mr Venables in the past for an analysis of the property value losses at and adjacent to these drill sites…please do one…it is bad enough that the 2010 visibity has dropped off all TAD records to be able to see the damage. Thank goodness for print screens.
 
The public deserves transparancy…do the audit…get us those numbers please.
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Business model shortens Arlington lives

UPDATE here is part two of the WFAA coverage by Brett Shipp….http://www.wfaa.com/mb/news/local/investigates/lessons-for-arlington-in-miami-roofed-stadium-financial-flop/254003428#

I commented, “I have an idea – get Chesapeake to help the Rangers pay for OUR half…they owe us big time in property devaluations at these drill sites where the highest and best use is high impact, toxic, industrialized mining operations at 55 plus padsites in Arlington pathetically raping the earth, insulting already bad air quality, & risking water supplies fracking for soon 2 B obselete fossil fuels”.

–end update————-

 

Arlington TX started defining itself with GM & Six Flags…while the two businesses can NEVER co-exist as family friendly with belching VOCs in painting cars, we keep adding on the SMOG emitters:

  • We keep giving the air quality store away with tax breaks in expanding GM.
  • We allowed Urban drilling and even added Chesapeake padsites and compressors on the GM property.
  • We make pollution tearing down and rebuilding structures…Texas LIVE (big hotel courtesty of drilling blood money) will be another death nail to our lungs.
  • Now we are RUSHING to tear down a young baseball stadium and build a new one next to Jerry’s World at ATT Stadium.

No one can put a price on human and financial suffering from added smog and ill health/early death from all those visitor’s cars in our Entertainment District. Our UT Arlington (with their oncampus padsite of gas wells and two compressors) boasts of 50,000 students at our handy “communter” college (yep more cars).

We have MORE cars from employees who drive to work in the Entertainment District to make minimum wage – some even volunteer? (Doesn’t matter if minimum wage or volunteering-same thing).

I know first hand how the air quality sux worse during game times…money is an insufficient incentive for anybody to price out in life-loss-years.  In living mere blocks away from Collins street, sometimes we get people parking in front of our house for game time because parking is NOT affordable. At what point in overcharging people will they just stay home and watch the games on TV? THEN who will pay for the stadium?

SMOG takes years off yer metropolition lives (5-15 years in China). How many extra more life years lost in added metro smog? Our town is already overdone with SMOG from 55 plus padsites of Urban Drilling PLUS GM and it’s under reported Chesapeake BENZENE emissions).

Isn’t it bad enough that Arlington residents got fracked in their own backyards?

Recently we learned that Jerry’s World is being financed ( WFAA Brad Shipp exposed) in a similar way in “….transferring revenue from the public sector to the private sector….” for this new Ranger Stadium deal!

We were told 50/50 yet the contract says something different….we were told fracking was safe to live by too…NOT!

I predict the state of Texas will soon be charging a state tax:

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Skittles Taste the Brinebow

Water consumers have different thresholds for odors and taste and the

©2015 Water Research Foundation  report has broken down effulents in water as it relates to guidelines and sensory properties. I boldfaced items and went straight to the fracking risk related pieces….

Page 19 …

“Chloride occurs naturally in fresh, estuarine or salt water from dissolution of rocks and minerals.” 

“While their individual natural sources are varied, the anthropogenic sources of sodium and chloride can be similar, such as deicing agents for roads, brines from desalination of estuarine or sea water, and brines from hydraulic fracturing fluids”. 

Page 20…

Future Implications

“Neither sodium nor chloride is removed by conventional treatment, so their levels in drinking water are likely to increase when their levels in source waters increase due to inputs from anthropogenic sources. Natural sources of chloride and sodium can be heavily supplemented by deicing salt, urban and agricultural runoff, discharges from municipal and industrial wastewater facilities, and oil and gas drilling, such as hydraulic fracturing (EPA 1988).”

With the expected increase of hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas, there is the possibility that some of the chemicals from fracturing operations will directly or indirectly affect ground and surface waters that are used for drinking water. Flowback waters from hydraulic fracturing operations are reported to contain from 3,000-150,000 mg Cl- /L and 2,000-100,000 mg Na/L (WEF 2012), while produced water can contain 6,000- 200,000 mg Cl- /L and 4,000-135,000 mg Na/L (WEF 2012). These concentrations are 1,000- 10,000 greater than those typically found in drinking water. Both fracturing water types may also contain bromide, which will produce a more intense taste with sodium than chloride”.

The City of Arlington is moving to trenchless pipe replacement of metal by pigging HDPE high density polyethlene piping, but I have been warning that if there is any contamination present in the soils in our MSD & Urban Drilling town that VOC’s (particularily Benzene-the Houdini of hydrocarbons) could leech into plastic drinking water piping. Page 26 & 27 speaks of HDPE plastic piping ITSELF causing water contamination issues related to corrosion. However the city is using a corrosion resisant HDPE piping. In February of 2016 the City of Arlington reported.

“Pre-chlorinated pipe bursting is one method to replace underground pipe without digging a trench down the road. Eighty five percent of the work occurs underground. This technique allows hundreds of feet of jointless pipe to be installed with minimal excavation, which means less damage to existing landscaping and roadway surfaces and shorter construction schedules”.

Even if this pre-chlorinated HDPE piping resists corrosion…is it guaranteed to resist toxins in the soil that can come in contact with it? After all we now live in a town that has allowed Municipal Setting Designations (to forgive known Brownfield clean up) and Urban Drilling.

The Water Research Foundation concludes its “plastics piping” report on page 27….“While corrosion has historically focused on metallic materials, in the future the “gradually destroying materials by chemical reaction with the environment” needs to be considered for polymer materials in contact with drinking water”. 

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My cases against Urban Drilling AND the city using HDPE drinking water piping just keeps getting stronger.


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Sent: Friday, June 24, 2016 1:53 PM
Subject: RE: Trenchless Digging & Water Research Foundation

Kim:  We are and have been aware of the realities of using petroleum based piping which we know as  PVC, HDPE, C900 etc. We have design specifications that will address this for “all” areas of town where a high potential for leeching may be present.  Such areas would include property near fuel stations, identified contaminated areas, and others. This issue can also be discussed when the next request for funding of a pipe bursting project is presented to Council. To date we have only used HDPE in residential replacement projects none of which are in a high risk zone. However,  PVC pipe has been a standard pipe material for small diameter water and sewer lines in Arlington and many other communities for many years.  

Please note that Michael Buettner is no longer employed at the City of Arlington.

 


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Cc: Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; “john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov” <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:02 PM
Subject: Re: Trenchless Digging & Water Research Foundation
 
 
Mr Pushkur HDPE piping “itself” has drinking water contamination issues. As the City of Arlington is moving to trenchless pipe replacement of metal by pigging HDPE high density polyethlene piping, but I have been warning that if there is any contamination present in the soils in our MSD & Urban Drilling town that VOC’s (particularily Benzene-the Houdini of hydrocarbons) could leech into plastic drinking water piping. Page 26 & 27 of the Water Research Foundation, http://www.waterrf.org/PublicReportLibrary/4537.pdf speaks of HDPE plastic piping ITSELF causing corrosion water contamination issues that I understand the city is ahead of that problem BUT even if this pre-chlorinated HDPE piping resists corrosion…is it guaranteed to resist toxins in the soil that can come in contact with it? After all we now live in a town that has allowed Municipal Setting Designations (to forgive known Brownfield clean up) and Urban Drilling.
The Water Research Foundation concludes its “plastics piping” report….“While corrosion has historically focused on metallic materials, in the future the “gradually destroying materials by chemical reaction with the environment” needs to be considered for polymer materials in contact with drinking water”. 
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My cases against Urban Drilling AND the city using HDPE drinking water piping just keeps getting stronger.
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Dan Steward & Todd Staples in the Barnett Shale Hell Hall of Shame Quotes

Can’t get enough info on the North Texas History of FRACKING? Info is power and however shameful I find this info…it is important to garner it as we are into 35 years of the UNconventional process that took climate change to a hellacious fast track mode.

Here is a June 2016 profracking North Texas pdf shrill report by North Texans for Natural Gas… STILL tryn to tout the fracked up Barnett Shale as under-tapped…. …..shameful! http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/themes/55dc9a8f2213933dc0000001/attachments/original/1464723479/BarnettShale.pdf?1464723479……“Just 28 percent of the Barnett Shale’s natural gas resources have been developed; meaning production in the Barnett Shale hasn’t even reached the half way point”. 

Here is a four year old “shame” video too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuTKZjUYNOw of Dan Steward explaining George Mitchell’s part as the Father of Fracking. Steward worked for Mitchell energy for 20 years.

And at 32:00 minutes into THIS video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si4rlyiL5To fracker cracker Steward says “As long as we were fracking in Texas, people didn’t care”.
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Another SHAME EVENT is from a RECENT June 17 2016 Associated Press report where Texas Oil & Gas Association President Todd Staples was dissappointed that we decided NOT to give a fracking tax  break handout to the mother frackers! Staples said. “For a healthy oil and natural gas industry, our operators, who compete globally, need equitable tax treatment.”

Shamefully Staples also served in various gubment jobs and sailed straight from Agriculture Commissioner to Oil & Gas cheerleader at TIOGA ….hells bells guys the TWO don’t mix!!!

 

 

 

 

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Is Fractivism Driven by Goals or Habit? Only your endocannabinoid knows

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Invisible hydrocaron toxins made visible in Arlington gasland Texas video

Scientists manipulated mice orbitofrontal cortex to alter the body’s natural (endocannabinoid) messengers to forge an INability to switch from habitual behaviors verses goal oriented behaviors. And as I read about this, my mind habitually searches for a story to relate this to the fracking trauma that has me relentlessly blogging about to stop this insane Urban Drilling experiment.

I’m a bonafide fractivist in a rage that we are labatory rats in an Urban Drilling cage.

Why risk being sacrifical lambs for mineral money? I have the infrared imagery (see above video) proving that they pump poisons into our neighborhood airsheds.

Whether my brain has been forever changed by the trauma of having been

industrialized in my own neighborhood and/or by

visible or invisible odors and particulates,

one thing is certain in MY MIND.

And that is with every negative report I read about fracking harm,

I’m in the

HABIT

to blog about it and contact our Arlington City Council members to warn them to invoke Home Rule laws to protect us from Urban Drilling harm….and that is MY

GOAL.

 

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Semi sustainable fracking flare can light up their HOME!

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FB link to flare PA pic posted by The Fracking Resistance Lawrence Couty, PA group reads

“Ivan Dubrasky’s shadow is cast on his Pulaski Township home from a flare a little over 500 feet away. A reflection of that flare can be seen in the window”.

How fracking ironic that this family can save on their electricity bill at night and light their home by flare!

Arlington Urban Drilling generally doesn’t allow flaring unless something is about to blow. At the Arlington Rolling Hills site years ago, someone reported to me how he saw a flare. And once I personally saw a flare at the Arlington GM plant’s padsite of gaswells. I guess we use to silently vent the methane instead of flaring before those EPA flaring rules went into effect.

In Arlington where green completions were not used and the pipelines were not in place and no flaring took place…they almost had to be invisibly venting that methane!!! The City of Arlington gasland TX never mandated green completion techneciques in our ordinance.

So Urban Drilling or Rural Drilling….ther WAS this choice to flare or not to flare…..it’s invisible anyway….but alas sometimes we HEARD IT…I’ve had reports of jet engine sounds and when investigated, Arlington city employees would say the operators said they were testing the pressure relief valves.

What follows are home pics from a Pennsylvania padsite precariously close to a HOME and BOY-YA…anything goes!!!….

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FB link

 

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FB link reads

“Ivan Dubrasky stands in front of his picture window in the living room of his four-generation family home in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, Pa. while Hilcorp Energy flares a well 505 feet away. The light from the flare is so intense that it casts a shadow on the wall behind him. The Dubraskys own their mineral rights and did not lease them to Hilcorp”.

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FB link reads…

“Light from a flaring well illuminates a bedroom in the Dubrasky home in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, Pa. The Dubraskys, who did not sign a gas lease and have a well pad 505 feet from the family’s four-generation home, challenged the township zoning ordinance and lost. The three-member zoning board and the board of supervisors who appointed them all hold gas leases with Hilcorp Energy“.

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FB link reads…

“A view of a flaring well via the Dubrasky’s picture window in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, Pa. Four generations were raised in the family home”.

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“NOW” they want to exempt conventional from unconventional fracking in SB279 … geesch!

UPDATE here is a recent North Texans for Natural Gas shrill report papers touting fracking…https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/dan-steward-todd-staples-in-the-barnett-shale-hell-hall-of-shame-quotes/
FYI there is this S.B. 279 senate bill to differentiate conventional production from proposed regulation that is going to the Pennsylvania governor….http://www.ogj.com/articles/2016/06/bill-to-differentiate-conventional-production-goes-to-pennsylvania-governor.html?cmpid=EnlDailyJune162016&eid=288262587&bid=1436022 where they broadly define…

<-17“CONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS WELL.” A BORE HOLE DRILLED OR 
18BEING DRILLED FOR THE PURPOSE OF OR TO BE USED FOR CONSTRUCTION
 

1OF A WELL REGULATED UNDER 58 PA.C.S. CH. 32 (RELATING TO 
2DEVELOPMENT) THAT IS NOT AN UNCONVENTIONAL WELL, IRRESPECTIVE OF 
3TECHNOLOGY OR DESIGN.

REALLY?
Sometimes you just gotta laugh cause they have been defending hydraulic fracturing saying……
But we been fracking for at least 65 years“…..ha ha…so lets get an ASME engineers peek at how the conventional differs from the unconventional….(I boldfaced the dates)

Explosive Origins

“The mechanical principles of fracking have not changed since the first brave shooter dropped an explosive charge down a well in the 1860s. Then as now, the task is to deliver a powerful force to a designated depth underground, rubblizing the hard rock formations around the well to stimulate the release oil or gas trapped within….”

Diagram of Lt. Col. Edward A. Robert’s “exploding torpedo”.

“The well shooter’s original tools of choice were gunpowder and, later, liquid nitroglycerin…”

I laugh as protecting the special secret sauce has its orgins too, “….defending his patents from operators who took to fracking under cover of night to avoid Roberts’ royalties. One explanation for the origins of the term “moonlighting” comes from this rogue practice.

Commercial Fracking Explodes

According to a 2010 fracking history by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the idea of non-explosive alternatives to nitroglycerin took root in the 1930s. Experiments through the next decade paved the way for the first industrial-scale commercial uses of the modern patented “Hydrafrac” process in 1949, with Halliburton holding an exclusive license in the early years. SPE recounts that 332 wells were fracked in the first year alone, with up to 75 percent production increases recorded. By the mid-1950s, fracking hit a pace of about 3,000 wells a month.

A typical early fracture took 750 gallons of fluid (water, gelled crude oil, or gelled kerosene) and 400 lbm of sand. By contrast, modern methods can use up to 8 million gallons of water and 75,000 to 320,000 pounds of sand. Fracking fluids can take the form of foams, gels, or slickwater combinations and often include benzene, hydrochloric acid, friction reducers, guar gum, biocides, and diesel fuel. Likewise, the hydraulic horsepower (hhp) needed to pump fracking material has risen from an average of about 75 hhp in the early days to an average of more than 1,500 hhp today, with big jobs requiring more than 10,000 hhp.

Fracking’s new golden age began in 2003,….” 

So unconventional should be time stamped when?….mid 1950’s? …Texas’ George P Mitchell  (aka Father of fracking) 1980’s or 1990’s?….

So which FRACK do they NOT want attacked? Pollution from gun powder, nitroglycerin, gelled crude oil/kerosene…etc (NOTE the ASME report does not mention depleted uranium used in our unconventional perfing gun process).

Some people think that unconventional is when they started drilling horizontally or “directional” drilling. But alas there are historical accounts of accessing/stealing hydrocarbons off of another person’s property by slanted drilling.

Frackers have a history of needing to be jailed in my opinion.

There are also references to the acronym HVHF (High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing).

I once had it explained to me that conventional taps pockets/pools VERTICALLY that are easy to reach than the hydrocarbons trapped in the shale rock they directionally drill for…

A recent profracking article attempting (and failed) to parse out conventional from unconventional “oil” is here…

http://www.oilandgasinvestor.com/blog/conventional-vs-unconventional-oil-780801 but the author basicly does NOT give details….on the other hand alot of useful info is here http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/08/inquiring-minds-anthony-ingraffea-science-fracking-methane from Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea about the CURRENT process’ risks that address disposal issues and issues in blasting underground  at “pressures approaching what you would get if you put, say, 10 SUVs on your fingertip,” 

 

—–hells bells a bomb is a bomb is a fracking-the-earth-polluting-bomb!——–

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Nursing Dallas Councilwoman Gate’s Ozone Economic Impact Statement

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I dislike how The Dallas Morning News reporter ended the positive news of Dallas City Council urging TCEQ to support clean air federal initatives on such a somber note. Reporter Mosier ended quoting nurse councilwoman Gates,“…tougher regulations could drive up energy costs …This issue does have an economic impact …. and I think we need to realize that.”

Like renewables can’t pick up the slack? pffh…and what about those businesses that won’t come in because of China-like smog we’re heading towards?

The year my first born took his first breath of smog in the metroplex (1991) was the last time we were in ozone compliance….he lives with asthma now………glad he moved out of state. Glad he wasn’t here when Arlington had a PURPLE OZONE DAY on June 6 2016

https://www.facebook.com/kim.t.feil/posts/10209562331238059.

 

Tigher ozone attainment strategies (especially attacking the fracking operators) can serve a twofold purpose in working towards being compliant to the Paris Climate Accord in slowing down global warming.

Runaway climate change is game over as the ultimate economic impact.

Who is “nursing” the stratospheric ozone layer that protects life on Earth which absorbs ultraviolet light? In the early 1980s, we realized (TOO LATE) that Earth’s natural sunscreen was thinning over the South Pole each spring….what we call the ozone hole. We caught snap and banned CFC’s (albeit we still have that stuff in our atmosphere-damage done)…and JUST LIKE FRACKING, all those methane leaks will stay with us warming up the atmosphere way pass the time that we catch snap and finally ban fracking.

Lets get our science straight FIRST before running amuck with the new game changing-money making-faking dealy dolls like we did with fracking….we are finding out that a very popular methane detecting tool called a high flow meter has been under-reporting methane leaks and so this kinda means start over with the Ft Worth one million dollar Barnett Shale air test?  

Ozone can damage plant, animal & human DNA. But it does create jobs though:

  • having to rebuild or repaired ozone corrosive eaten buildings,
  • having to work harder to grow crops,
  • and then there are those jobs created with the medical profits made off of the suffering of human & animal ozone inflicted lung & eye damge.

Excessive ozone/smog creates jobs that currently help pay nurse Gate’s salary ironically…of course it was very humane and PROFESSIONAL of her to acknowledge how reducing ozone “…. could potentially lower health care costs”.

Now “that” is one economic impact that humans should all strive for…what the frack have we done waiting decades to fix this ozone problem?……thank you ALL DALLAS CITY HALL!

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Kermit Wink Sink Texas gone in a BLINK?

wink tx sink hole by townRead at the end of this story the FULL witness account of THE WINK SINK on that fateful day on June 3 of 1980 where a contractor went to check for pipeline leaks on Gulf Oil’s 24 inch pipeline and watched the area of the pipeline he was to inspect go into the bowels of the earth. I selected paragraphs that read… “FRACTURE OR CAVERNOUSE PERMEABILITY OCCURS ABOVE, WITHIN, AND BELOW THE SALADO FORMATION, AS INDICATED BY THE LOSS OF CIRCULATION OF DRILLING FLUID IN WELLS DRILLED NEAR THE SINKHOLE.  CONSEQUENTLY, A BRINE-DENSITY-FLOW-CYCLE MAYBE OPERATING:…” 

But my favorite part of the fracking story reads…

“A PLUGGED AND ABANDONED WELL THAT WAS LOCATED WITHIN THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE SINKHOLE MAY HAVE PROVIDED A CONDUIT FOR WATER MOVEMENT.

‘COMPOSITION OF WATER IN THE WINK SINK RESEMBLES THAT OF WATER IN NEARBY WELLS PRODUCING FROM THE QUATERNARY ALLUVIUM AND FROM THE TRIASSICSANTA ROSA FORMATION.

“HENDRICK WELL NUMBER 10-A WAS DRILLED IN 1928 AT THE SITE NOW WITHIN THE CUMFERENCE OF THE SINKHOLE.  THE WELL, WHICH INITIALLY PRODUCED ABOUT 80 PERCENT WATER FROM THE PERMIAN TANSILL FORMATION, WAS PLUGGED WITH CEMENT AND ABANDONED IN 1964.  THE WELL WAS NOT USED FOR BRINE DISPOSAL.  OVER 12 MILLION BARRELS OF SALT WATER PRODUCED FROM THE HENDRICK FIELD WERE DISPOSED OF BY INJECTION INTO THE PERMIAN RUSTLER FORMATION DURING 1961. WATERFLOOD PROJECTS IN THE HENDRICK FIELD BEGAN IN 1963 AND ARE STILL IN PROGRESS.”

I also enjoyed reading this…

“DESPITE THE FORAMATION OF THE MAMMOTH CRATER, THERE WAS LITTLE EFFECT ON OIL FIELD OPERATION IN THE AREA.  WORKMEN CUT AND REROUTED A SHELL OIL COMPANY PIPELING SIX INCHES IN DIAMETER THAT CARRIED CRUDE OIL TO STORAGE TANKS 1,000 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE SINKHOLE.   THE BRINE PIPELINE ORIGINALLY BEING INSPECTED BY THE HARVARD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY MAINTENANCE CREW WAS BROKEN BY THE EXPANDING CRATER, AND AS A RESULT THE OIL WELLS PRODUCING THE BRINE HAD TO BE SHUT DOWN.  

WORKERS FOR PETRO-LEWIS COMPANY, AND INDEPENDENT OIL COMPANY OPERATING IN THIS AREA OF WINKLER COUNTY, WERE ATTEMPTING TO CIRCULATE CEMENT BEHIND THE LINER IN THE HENDRICK WELL NUMBER 3-A, A PRODUCING OIL WELL LOCATED ABOUT 500 FEET SOUTH OF THE SINKHOLE,  WHEN THE SINKHOLE BEGAN TO FORM.  THEY PLUGGED AND ABANDONED THE WELL ON JUNE 5, 1980, BECAUSE THE PROMIXITY OF TENSION FRACTURES TO THE WELL…”

Waterflooding projects (taking gas wells and turning them into water injection wells to get other nearby wells to produce) are more affordable strategies operators may want to use in the Barnett Shale some day and that scares the sinkhole stuff out of me! Also read a letter I posted below the the full WINK SINK story. In that email I asked our city council today (June 16, 2016) to ensure we don’t allow water flooding at our URBAN drill sites.

Sink holes can happen when ground water tables rise and dissolve salts where present in the earth. What are some things that can cause ground water tables to rise?

  • Rising sea levels make areas like Florida prone to sink holes.
  • Also, rain & ground water migration can cause water tables to rise.
  • Fracking injects water to blast shale rock (and other rock layers) and then in the
  • disposal of the brine water disturbed underground frome fossil fuel extraction, we inject water into injection waste disposal wells (where it would seem THAT in itself could cause upward pressure on the existing water tables too).

KARST rock especially Karst Salt rock is prone to dissolving.

http://www.texasspeleologicalsurvey.org/karst_caving/karst_regions.php

In the Texas panhandle this link http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1118&context=sinkhole_2013 has info of which was garnered from fossil fuel mining logs on areas where known salt dissolving has occurred.

Contact your representatives (salted w/lobbying oil & gas money?) to ask them to write bills encouraging renewable energy extraction. Why? because mining for solar and wind energy products are sustainable energy sources that do not require re-mining to keep the lights on. Less mining=less (Urban Drilling) sinkhole risk in my thought process. Old former Mayor (Dr Death) Cluck once commented of the ATT/Cowboy Stadium in Arlington TX “I’m not afraid of the stadium cracking”.

So what caused the two (and ever growing risk) sinkholes that sit between the towns of Kermit and Wink Texas? Here is the full story from this link…

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txwinkle/THE_WINK_SINK_ARTICLE.htm

THE WINK SINK

 

WRITTEN BY BILL J. BECKHAM.

TRANSCRIBED OUT OF THE WINKLER COUNTY HISTORY BOOK

PUBLISHED IN   1984   USED WITH PERMISSION OF BILL J. BECKHAM & THE WINKLER CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

 

A MAMMOTH CRATER—LATER DUBBED THE WINKLER COUNTY CRATER, THE WINK SINK OR THE KERMIT CRATER DEPENDING ON WHAT PART OF WINKLER COUNTY ONE HAILED FROM – APPEARED ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 3, 1980, APPROXIMATELY FIVE MILES SOUTHWEST OF KERMIT JUST SOUTH OF TEXAS HIGHWAY 115.

 

“THE WATER WAS BUBBLING AND TWISTING DOWN THERE WITH THE DIRT AS IT FELL IN” DECLARED JUAN GARCIA, THE FIRST PERSON TO VIEW THE CRATER.

 

GARCIA, AN EMPLOYEE OF HARVARD CONSTRUCTION CO. IN KERMIT, WAS WORKING ON A CONTRACT FOR GULF OIL CORPORATION TO CHECK LEAKS IN A 24 INCH PIPELINE IN THE AREA.

 

“WE WERE ABOUT 50 FEET AWAY WHEN WATER SPLASHED UP, AND WE SAW IT,” GARCIA EXPLAINED.  “I GOT UP TO THE EDGE OF IT AND LOOKED OVER, THEN RAN AND CALLED MY BOSS.”

 

GARCIA ESTIMATED THE SINKHOLE TO BE 20 FEET WIDE AND 20 FEET LONG WHEN HE DISCOVERED IT AT 9:30 AM. ON THAT SUMMER DAY IN 1980.  HE ALSO GUESSED IT WAS ABOUT 40 FEET DOWN TO THE WATER.

 

“IT MUST HAVE STARTED THAT MORNING AS FAST AS IT WAS FALLING.  IT JUST GREW AND GREW RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.”  GARCIA RECALLED, “I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK.”

 

WITHIN TWO HOURS THE SINKHOLE HAD GROWN TO APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET WIDE AND 120 FEET LONG.  BY THIS TIME, IT HAD SWALLOWED A MAJOR PORTION OF THE 24-INCH PIPELINE GARCIA HAD BEEN SENT TO CHECK FOR LEAKS.

 

BY NOON THAT SAME DAY, IT HAD GROWN TO EVEN MORE.  ESTIMATED SIZE AT THAT TIME WAS 200 FEET IN DIAMETER, AND IT WAS FILLING WITH WATER.  BY LATE AFTERNOON THE DIAMETER HAD INCREASED TO 300 FEET.

 

RAPID EXPANSION OF THE OBLONG CAVITY HAD CEASED BY THE NEXT MORNING, WHEN ITS LONGEST DIMENSION, WHICH RAN FROM EAST TO WEST WAS ABOUT 360 FEET.

 

THE SUDDEN FORMATION OF THE SINKHOLE ATTRACTED WIDESPREAD PUBLIC ATTENTION THROUGH BOTH NATIONAL AND LOCAL NEWSMEDIA. IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE APPEARANCE OF THE SINKHOLE, THERE WAS MUCH SPECUALTION REGARDING ITS DEVELOPMENT AND THE POSSIBLILTY THAT ADDITIONAL SINKHOLES MIGHT OCCUR.

 

IN AN OFFICIIAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY REPORT FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN ENTITLED: “FORMATION OF THE WINK SINK, A SALT DISSOLUTION AND COLLAPSE FEATURE, WINKLER COUNTY, TEXAS”, GEOLOGISTS ROBERT W. GAUMGARDNER, JR.,   ANN D. HOADLEY AND ARTHUR G. GOLDSTEIN SAID:

 

“THE WINK SINK FORMED 2.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF WINK, SOUTHWESTERN WINKLER COUNTY ON JUNE 3, 1980.  WITHIN 24 HOURS IT HAD EXPANDED TO A WIDTH OF 360 FEET.   ON JUNE 5, 1980, MAXIMUM DEPTH OF THE SINKHOLE WAS 110 FEET AND VOLUME ABOUT 5.6 MILLION.  BETWEEN JUNE 3 AND JUNE 6, 1980, A LARGE AREA BORDERING THE SOUTH RIM OF THE SINK SUBSIDED ABOUT 10 FEET RELATIVE TO THE NORTH SIDE.  FURTHER SUBSIDENCE OF 1,456 FEET OCCURRED ALONG THE SOUTHERN RIM BETWEEN JULY 19 AND DECEMBER 12, 1980.

 

“A PROBABLE PRECURSOR OF THE SINKHOLE WAS A SOLUTION CAVITY THAT MIGRATED UPWARD BY SUCCESSIVE ROOF FAILURES, THEREBY PRODUCING A COLLAPSE CHIMNEY FILLED WITH BRECCIATED ROCK.  DISSOLUTION OF SALT IN THE PERMIAN SALADO FORMATION IS INFERRED TO HAVE PRODUCED THE SOLUTION CAVITY.  DEPTH OF THE SALADO RANGES FROM 1,300 TO 2,200 FEET.  DATA ON THE SIZE AND INITIAL DEPTH OF THE SOLUTION CAVITY ARE UNAVAILABLE.

 

THE SALADO FORMATION IN THE REGION CONTAINS SEVERAL DISSOLUTION ZONES.  OCCURRENCE OF DISSOLUTION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SALADO EVAPORITE SEQUENCE MAY HAVE RESULTED FROM GROUNDWATER FLOW ALONG FRACTURED ANHYDRITE INTERBEDS.  WATER MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH SALT BY DOWNWARD MOVEMENT FROM OVERLYING AQUIFERS OR BY UPWARD MOVEMENT FROM UNDERLYING AQUIFERS UNDER ARTIESIAN PRESSURE.

 

“THE WINK SINK LIES DIRECTLY ABOVE THE PERMIAN CAPITAN REEF, WHICH CONTAINS WATER THAT IS UNSATURATED WITH RESPECT TO SODIUM CHLORIDE.  HYDRAULIC HEAD OF WATER FROM THE REEF IS HIGHER IN EVELATION OF THE SALADO FORMATION BUT LOWER THAN THE HEAD IN THE TRIASSIC SANTA ROSA FORMATION, A NEAR SURFACE FRESH-WATER AQUIFER.   FRACTURE OR CAVERNOUSE PERMEABILITY OCCURS ABOVE, WITHIN, AND BELOW THE SALADO FORMATION, AS INDICATED BY THE LOSS OF CIRCULATION OF DRILLING FLUID IN WELLS DRILLED NEAR THE SINKHOLE.  CONSEQUENTLY, A BRINE-DENSITY-FLOW-CYCLE MAYBE OPERATING: RELATIVELY FRESH WATER MOVES UPWARD UNDER ARTESIAN PRESSURE AND DISSOLVES SALT:  THE DENSER BRINE MOVES DOWNWARD UNDER GRAVITY FLOW IN THE SAME FRACTURE SYSTEM.  ALTERNATIVELY, DOWNWARD FLOW OF WATER FROM AQUIFERS SUCH AS THE SANTA ROSA FORMATION OR QUATERNARY SEDIMENTS ABOVE THE SALT IS ALSO A POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR DISSOLUTION.   A PLUGGED AND ABANDONED WELL THAT WAS LOCATED WITHIN THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE SINKHOLE MAY HAVE PROVIDED A CONDUIT FOR WATER MOVEMENT.

 

“COMPOSITION OF WATER IN THE WINK SINK RESEMBLES THAT OF WATER IN NEARBY WELLS PRODUCING FROM THE QUATERNARY ALLUVIUM AND FROM THE TRIASSICSANTA ROSA FORMATION. “

 

“HENDRICK WELL NUMBER 10-A WAS DRILLED IN 1928 AT THE SITE NOW WITHIN THE CUMFERENCE OF THE SINKHOLE.  THE WELL, WHICH INITIALLY PRODUCED ABOUT 80 PERCENT WATER FROM THE PERMIAN TANSILL FORMATION, WAS PLUGGED WITH CEMENT AND ABANDONED IN 1964.  THE WELL WAS NOT USED FOR BRINE DISPOSAL.  OVER 12 MILLION BARRELS OF SALT WATER PRODUCED FROM THE HENDRICK FIELD WERE DISPOSED OF BY INJECTION INTO THE PERMIAN RUSTLER FORMATION DURING 1961. WATERFLOOD PROJECTS IN THE HENDRICK FIELD BEGAN IN 1963 AND ARE STILL IN PROGRESS.”

 

“SINKHOLES SIMILAR TO THE WINK SINK OCCUR IN OTHER AREAS OF NORTH AMERICA. THEIR MORPHOLOGY, ASSOCATED STRATA, AND MODE OF FORMATION SUGGEST THAT DISSOLUTION, BRECCIATION AND SURFACE SUBSIDENCE COMMONLY OCCUR DURING THEIR FORMATION.”

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GEOLOGISTS CONCLUDED THAT THE VOLUME OF THE WINK SINK IS MORE THAN TWICE THAT OF THE GARGILL SALT PLANT SINKHOLE INBARTON COUNTY, KANSAS.

 

BLOCKS OF EARTH UP TO 30 FEET LONG CONTINUED TO FALL INTO THE HOLE AT IRREGULAR INTERVALS FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER FORMATION OF THE WINK SINK BEGAN.  ANNULAR CRACKS THAT SURROUND THE HOLE EXTENDED UP TO 290 FEET FROM THE SOURTHERN EDGE.  A LARGE AREA BORDERING THE SOUTH RIM OF THE SINKHOLE SUBSIDED ABOUT 10 FEET RELATIVE TO THE NORT SIDE WITHIN THREE DAYS AFTER THE SINKHOLE BEGAN CAVING IN.

 

DESPITE THE FORAMATION OF THE MAMMOTH CRATER, THERE WAS LITTLE EFFECT ON OIL FIELD OPERATION IN THE AREA.  WORKMEN CUT AND REROUTED A SHELL OIL COMPANY PIPELING SIX INCHES IN DIAMETER THAT CARRIED CRUDE OIL TO STORAGE TANKS 1,000 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE SINKHOLE.   THE BRINE PIPELINE ORIGINALLY BEING INSPECTED BY THE HARVARD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY MAINTENANCE CREW WAS BROKEN BY THE EXPANDING CRATER, AND AS A RESULT THE OIL WELLS PRODUCING THE BRINE HAD TO BE SHUT DOWN.

 

WORKERS FOR PETRO-LEWIS COMPANY, AND INDEPENDENT OIL COMPANY OPERATING IN THIS AREA OF WINKLER COUNTY, WERE ATTEMPTING TO CIRCULATE CEMENT BEHIND THE LINER IN THE HENDRICK WELL NUMBER 3-A, A PRODUCING OIL WELL LOCATED ABOUT 500 FEET SOUTH OF THE SINKHOLE,  WHEN THE SINKHOLE BEGAN TO FORM.  THEY PLUGGED AND ABANDONED THE WELL ON JUNE 5, 1980, BECAUSE THE PROMIXITY OF TENSION FRACTURES TO THE WELL, ACCORDING TO MIKE HANDREN, A PETRO-LEWIS COMPANY REPRSENTATIVE.

 

THE WINK SINK BROUGHT NATION-WIDE PUBLICITY FOR WINKLER COUNTY IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS THAT FOLLOWED THE JUNE 3, 1980 DISCOVERY.  NEWSPAPER RADIO AND TELEVISION REPORTERS FROM NEWS MEDIA BASED FAR FROM WINKLER COUNTY CAME TO SEE THE GIANT SINKHOLE.  FEW AMERICANS, WHO WERE UP-TO-DATE ON CURRENT EVENTS, FAILED TO READ OR HEAR ABOUT THE FAMOUS WINK SINK.

 

AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF SEARCHING, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT ATLANTIC-RICHFIELD CO. (ARCO) OWNED THE SURFACE RIGHTS IN THE AREA OF THE SINKHOLE.  AS A RESULT, WITHIN A SHORT TIME A SIX-FOOT CHAIN LINK FENCE WAS BUILT AROUND THE CRATER AND ADJOINING LAND TO KEEP CURIOSITY SEEKERS AND AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE HOLE.

 

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD C. WHITE DEMOCRAT OF ELPASO WHOSE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT INCLUDED WINKLER COUNTY; ARRIVED ON THE SCENE A SHORT TIME AFTER THE CRATER BEGAN FORMING AND TOURED THE AREA.

 

OFFICIALS FROM THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION KEPT A CAREFUL EYE ON THE SINKHOLE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, FEARING THAT IT MIGHT ERODE NORTHWARD AND ENDANGER HIGHWAY 115.  BUT AFTER A FEW DAYS OF RAPID GROWTH, THE WINK SINK – LIKE THE OIL FIELD BOOMTOWN FOR WHICH IT WAS NAMED BEGAN TO CALM DOWN.  IT NEVER SERIOUSLY THREATNED HIGHWAY 115 OR THE SHELL TANK FARM SLIGHTLY TO THE NORTH.  ITS ONLY VICTIMS WERE THE BRINE PIPELINE AND A SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY UTILITY POLE.

 

TODAY THE WINK SINK LIES QUIETLY INSIDE ARCOS’ CHAIN-LINK YARD GROWING LITTLE IF ANY AT ALL.  AN OCCASIONAL CURIOUS TOURIST STILL STOPS AND SNEAKS OVER THE FENCE TO SHOOT THOSE CANDID SHOTS FOR THE FOLKS BACK HOME BUT THERE IS LITTLE ACTIVITY AT THE SPOT 2.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF WINK, WHERE THE MAMMOTH CRATER FIRST BEGAN TO GOBBLE UP HUGE AMOUNTS OF EARTH ON THAT HOT JUNE MORNING IN 1980.

 

THE WINK SINK APPEARS PEACEFUL ENOUGH WHEN OBSERVED TODAY.  BUT THEN SO DID THAT AREA OF HENDRICK FIELD, WHICH SURROUNDED HENDRICK WELL NO. 10-A EARLY ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 3, 1980.

 

—–END WINK SINK STORY————–

June 2016 new report shows possible expansion of at least one of the Wink/Kermit sink holes…

….http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/texas-giant-unstable-sinkholes-are-growing-could-be-verge-catastrophic-collapse-1565636#slideshow/1524972

————-BEGIN related LETTER TO OFFICIALS as evidence we warned——-

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Mary Supino <mary.supino@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@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>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Self <jim.self@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:29 AM
Subject: Two issues: property tax base erosion and new health study finding higher VOCs in residents near fracking
I had a field day with all my Chesapeake (SC18172 nuisance claim evidence) nosebleed pictures in my successful property value protest hearings – I get to pay taxes on $30,000 less on three of my properties.
One of the panel members walked me out after we were done and asked me if I’d gone to the media on this and commented that alot of damage has been done by that (fracking).
Tax bases could drop significantly once threats to our health and water risk, in addition to subsidence becomes established as talking points….the DFW metroplex may be in a sellers market now….what goes up usually comes down….it is only a matter of time…we need to get ahead of the fracking related risks to widespread property values and figure out a way to:
1) Use Home Rule to prevent new wells – make ordinance strong- currently you seem to only care about nuisance sounds and times of operations and NOT odors and BACT.
2) Figure out at way to UNDO exceptions allowed to 600 ft set backs-one way is to NOT approve anymore drilling zones if they violate the 600 ft setback.
3) Make it very affordable for operators to plug & abandon (provide cash ATF incentives)
4) Make it clear that water flooding stimulation is not allowed to cheaply get at more hydrocarbons (you risk urban sinkholes)…of course that is what hydrofracking is all about….but be clear that using existing producing wells and flooding with water to stimulate nearby wells is NOT allowed.
Below find not surprising health study just released….
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Louisiana Environmental Action Network <contact@leanweb.org>
To: Kim <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016 8:03 AM
Subject: E-Alert – New Report: Toxic Chemicals From Natural Gas Operations Detected In The Bodies Of Pavillion, WY Residents Posted on 06/16/2016
New Report: Toxic Chemicals From Natural Gas Operations Detected In The Bodies Of Pavillion, WY Residents
06/16/2016
Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Protecting Louisiana's Environment for Future Generations

New Report: Toxic Chemicals From Natural Gas Operations Detected In The Bodies Of Pavillion, WY Residents

Oil and Gas development on public lands in Wyoming.

Using Both Air Monitoring and Biomonitoring Methods, Researchers Aim to Connect the Dots Between Air Emissions and Toxic Chemicals Found in Nearby Resident’s Bodies

Thursday, June 16th, a coalition of community and environmental health organizations will release first-of-its-kind research attempting to link toxic air emissions from oil and gas (O&G) production sites to evidence of the same toxic chemicals found in the bodies of people who live and work nearby.
Scientists and community members from Pavillion, Wyoming used a variety of air monitoring and biomonitoring methods in concert to understand if air emissions from gas production equipment are also in the bodies of local residents. They found volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in both the air and in residents’ bodies; some VOCs they found are linked to chronic diseases such as cancer, reproductive or developmental disorders; as well as respiratory problems, headaches, nosebleeds, and skin rashes. This research resulted in a new “methods development” for measuring chemical emissions in oil and gas fields, and their human impacts.
The report, titled: “When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities”, will present these findings:
  • Toxic VOCs, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) are present in the air at gas production equipment near Pavillion, WY; have been found in the air surrounding Pavillion residents where they live and work; and are also present in the bodies of Pavillion residents who participated in the study.
  • Chemical indicators associated with exposure to VOCs were present in the urine of study participants at much higher levels than those found in the general population.
  • Some measured levels of hazardous VOCs in the air near gas production sites and in the air downwind near residents exceeded one or more Environmental Screening Levels set by state or federal agencies.
The report also contains a hazard assessment for toxic chemicals detected in the air or bodies of Pavillion residents. The GreenScreen for Safer Chemicalsanalysis succinctly presents known science on hazards associated with these specific chemicals, as well as data gaps where hazard research hasn’t been conducted.
Some Pavillion residents have for years been concerned about health symptoms that they believe are connected to emissions from the gas production activities, and they want action from EPA and state agencies. In 2014, air monitoring data showed some toxic chemical emissions at O&G sites in Wyoming were up to 7,000 times the ‘safe’ health standards set by U.S. federal environmental and health agencies.

 

 

 

 

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