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

arlington top 4 worst drinking water

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

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

(22 out of top 25 worst)
Arlington, TX

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

Add your zip code to this link,,  and see what’s in your drinking water.

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

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

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

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Victoria Myers <>
Cc: Kathryn Wilemon <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Charlie Parker <>; Lana Wolff <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Jeff Williams <>; Robert Shepard <>; Trey Yelverton <>; “” <>; Jim Parajon <>; Buzz Pishkur <>
Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:19 PM
Subject: Myers quoted in sales pitch / FYI Arlington 4t5h worst drinking water quality (not taste) results posted a pic of a flyer he got in the mail from FB You Know You Are From Arlington…this Smart Aqua Life flyer quotes the EPA saying, “Did you know the public water in your Arlington community was rated by the EPA as unsafe for human consumption with a dirty water score of 56.01 because of high levels of contaminants?
mis-statement water quality
This is incorrect…Arlington passed fed guidelines…it was the state of California that has more protective against cancer standards.… says “Health risks of arsenic in excess of health guideline
The health guideline of 0.004 ppb for (example) arsenic was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer”.
I emailed Smart Aqua Life asking them to cease and desist these mailings misquoting the EPA. I told them that the states and cities can choose to be more protective, but they at least they have to be in federal compliance. What Arlington’s water failed was California’s thresholds for what is considered safe for human consumption.  Example Arlington’s 2015 arsenic….
  • “The health guideline of 0.004 ppb for arsenic was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.”
I received a similar sales pitch to call a number about my last attempt to pick up a package…but it was a water purification company offering Arlington homeowners relief from bad water and free home testing.
I wanted Councilwoman Myers to be aware of this misquote from this company that has also decided to quote her from a Star Telegram article.
myers drinks water bottle
But I also want to let you know that by California standards…Arlington ranks 4th worst water quality in the the US among the largest top 200 cities.
Kim Feil


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Sugarcoating THIS as planned flaring….

UPDATE to industry knee-jerk reaction to say it (the upset) was planned….and the media should be ashamed repeating their crap too…their headlines should be more factual and not so forgiving of the industry! Now they are saying it was an accident during a shift change….“Algero added that some liquid found its way into another of the refinery’s flares, one that was designed only to handle gas. That caused that flare to shut down, and all remaining materials were shunted into the one operational flare, causing the fireball” flare

The Advocate NOLA regurgitates sugar coated headline…

“No explosion, just heavy flaring at Chalmette Refinery late Saturday, official says”

NO NO NO…when others thinks it a nuke….

No then it’s NOT a planned maintenance kinda thang…and NO that was NOT a legal discharge….others were commenting it was just them burning off (cheap way to discharge) product in the middle of the night…but if it was an unplanned upset…it “was” the lesser of two evils to not to flare……Chalmette would’ve most likely have been blown off the map if they didn’t let her go through those smoke stacks.

Here is another person’s comment…

AND DON’T let the company PR person lie  “…no impact to the community, Frost said” cause that was an emission event from hell and a release to the environment and there was fall out.

Maybe related or not, here is what Reuters reported as recent activity at this plant…

Here is a poster sent to the surrounding community for a heads up on some “preventative maintenance” planned…oh so that is? pfffh!…

When people this far away start to shelter in place and ask if it’s safe to breathe….

Why do I care about this emission event being downplayed when I live in Texas? To reasons…

  1. I remember living in Chalmette as a baby and wondered when my mom was pregnant for me if we were downwind to the refineries…

kim connie refinery

2. Since my son told me he woke up sick last night and has been puking every ten minutes or so I had to see how the winds were blowing to him on Dante Street by the Mississippi River in New Orleans…dante st to pbf refinery

Charles Frazier of PFB said Saturday nights flare event occurred 3/10/18 around 11pm and meteorological conditions were: winds 180 degrees meaning they originated from the south/southwest and blew to the north/northeast (thank God away from my son) at around 2.5 mph, temp was 64 degrees, no rain (I could hear dispatch radio in the background says that at Gate 27 was a news crew).

This consumed me today…it sux

Sing with me now…..fossil fuels R old SKOOL…makes a few rich and the rest of us fools!


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Why Barnett Shale URBAN Drilling is ba a c c k

So if you live by a gas drilling padsite in Arlington, it could become active again due to Chesapeake walking away from its pipeline provider debt and the new owners (Total E & P Burnett LLC) committing to production throughput starting in 2019….( by either opening existing shut in wells and refracking (see video on this post) or drilling new wells and fracking…

belvin frack dust flying….either way…silica dust flying ladened with NORM isn’t good for the lungs…..send council an email asking them to uphold our 600 ft buffer in our ordinance so that future wells (ask them to deny drillzones) may not be approved on those numerous padsites where they allowed up to 300 ft….here are their email addresses… Jeff Williams <>; Robert Shepard <>; Lana Wolff <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Charlie Parker <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Victoria Myers <>; “” <>; Jim Parajon <>

they're back

They’re Ba a a c k

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Jeff Williams <>; Robert Shepard <>; Lana Wolff <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Charlie Parker <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Victoria Myers <>; “” <>; Jim Parajon <>
Cc: Jason M. Allen <>; “” <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8:50 AM
Subject: Total midstream (pipeline) commitments/peer reviewed health studies on fracking/tonight’s Cornerstone vote near Cravins park

It was reported that Chesapeake left the Barnett Shale to “escape almost $2 billion in onerous pipeline contracts”. Bloomberg reported that Williams Partners plan to revitalize drilling in the Barnett Shale by a conditional gas gathering arrangement in “tying the monthly fees it charges for gathering and delivering fuel to the price of gas traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange”.
This is a reminder to council that once you approve the drillzone that all other subsequent wells that could fit on that property will be administratively approved with no more public input. While HB40 purports that Home Rule Cities can have the discretion to control above ground actions, the rejection of this drillzone/three more wells will set the tone that Arlington is serious about having local control and adherence to our 600 ft setback as specified in our ordinance. Thalman and Parker have made statements to such effect as well as another councilperson recently acknowledging to me “nobody likes fracking”. 
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Please see attached in what appears to be playground equipment just over 200 feet from the storage tank battery and downwind from predominant wind directions….
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Please support our 600 ft setback ordinance, thank you. What follows is the cut and paste from the pipeline/midstream company, Williams which explains why they are ba a c c k…
Barnett Agreements (boldfaced for emphasis)
“The conditional Barnett agreements provide accelerated upfront cash payments to Williams Partners totaling $754 million, as well as new terms and conditions under which Williams Partners will provide gas gathering services to a new Barnett producer customer (Chesapeake’s successor in the Barnett) through 2029.
Williams Partners expects the combination of $754 million in up-front cash proceeds and the on-going cash flows generated by gathering services provided to the new Barnett producer customer, to represent equivalent net present value of cash flows as compared to Williams Partners’ expectations of Chesapeake’s performance under the existing agreement. Cumulative undiscounted cash flows for the years 2016-2019 are expected to be approximately $240 million lower, and higher thereafter, as a result of the conditional agreement.
By eliminating Chesapeake’s MVC payments and establishing monthly gathering rates at a percentage of NYMEX Henry Hub settlement prices through the end of 2029, the conditional gas gathering agreement will bring drilling back to the Barnett Shale and return wells determined to be uneconomic under earlier gathering rates to production. The Barnett gathering area is expected, therefore, to realize additional drilling and improved volumes, enhancing Williams Partners’ long-term competitive position. Importantly, the new Barnett producer customer will commit to an annual $40 million drilling commitment through 2018, as well as a commitment to fund all incremental well connects and growth capital.
It is expected that Williams Partners’ existing gathering agreement including MVC (Minimum Volume Commitment) obligations with a third-party producer, who has a 22 percent working interest in the Barnett production, will remain unchanged through mid-2019 and then may be adjusted thereafter”.
Kim Feil 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.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Ryan at Halt the Harm Network <>
To: Kim <>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 6:18 PM
Subject: Wednesday, How to find peer reviewed health studies on fracking (TEDX)


Hello Kim,

This week we’re hosting a webinar to show you how to access studies on the health impacts of fracking.

Our guest is Kim Schultz, Oil and Gas Program Coordinator for the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, and she’s going to show us the FrackHealth database, a new new tool by TEDX for finding peer-reviewed health studies on fracking.
The database goes beyond citations to include details on health effects, exposure routes, chemicals, and more as reported in the article.
Join us for this live webinar on Wednesday, 1:00pm – 1:30pm EST (lunchtime depending on where you are) to see how it all works.
Kim studies the potential health impacts from exposure to chemicals introduced and released during oil and natural gas extraction and production. She has extensive experience aggregating, managing, and analyzing data from diverse sources. Kim has worked for TEDX in the Colorado office since 2009.
NEW: Using the FrackHealth Database from TEDX w/ Kim Schultz
Wednesday, January 31st from 1 – 1:30pm E.T.
Click Here to Register for the Webinar
Once you register, you’ll be able to see the live webinar and access the replay.
I hope to see you there!
Ryan Clover
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Parker County Grass Fire Evacuations Caused by Old School Power Line Whipping in da Wind

Power line break whipping in the wind caused the fire….dedicated grids with local renewable power sources is looking better by the… drought.

Today is 1/22/2018 and it is 1:50 pm and WFAA is saying some evacuations are happening as I type this.

parker county grass fire 1 22 2018

For those wondering if the smoke could drift into the metroplex and make breathing miserable like on 10/19/2017 where TCEQ did not do an investigation, lets take matters into our own hands and look at the map and then the current wind map

willow park map

wind map jan 22 2018 willow park fire evacuation in progress

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“Patterson 219 red mountain Quinton ok they where drilling second hole” Rig Fire FIVE Men Missing

“Patterson 219 red mountain Quinton ok they where drilling second hole” was one of the comments by Ethan Snyder that I read….on the live feed.

Here are a couple of snippet pics I stole…

rig fire 2 ok 5 men missingok drill rig fire 5 men missing jan 22 2018

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When mud fails to be NORM tested? LABC story

Screen shot 2016-03-11 at 11.50.35 AMScreen shot 2016-03-11 at 11.49.38 AMScreen shot 2016-03-11 at 11.44.49 AMScreen shot 2016-03-11 at 11.26.02 AMHere is the link to the original LABC reports/blog on the frack spill that contained top flow and some produced waters…. the well control team had mud brought in to kill the well and when it was all under control, Terracon tested the mud and the top soil was removed and pending the disposition of the mud, sent to the land fill called Tervita in Larado in Johnson County.

Testing was said to include TPH using EPA method 1005

RCRA for 8 metals using EPA method 6010/7471

The RCRA 8 metals are,

  • Arsenic (As),
  • Barium (Ba),
  • Cadmium (Cd),
  • Chromium (Cr),
  • Lead (Pb),
  • Mercury (Hg),
  • Selenium (Se), and
  • Silver (Ag).


Total Chlorides using EPA method 9056A and

SPLP (Synthetic Precipitation Leach Procedure) Chlorides using EPA method 9056A/1312


In looking at the Terracon results…I don’t see NORM results.. and remember that MUD was brought IN to the site to kill the well….what was the mud testing results?

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Here is the link to the Terracon report to the LABC water tests


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Bacteria in Barnett Shale Evolving to Being Antibiotic & Chlorine Resistant & Biocides Risk Failure too

Picture is at our drinking water reservoir, Lake Arlington. This 2015 pic was snapped on the Ft Worth side. Read on to find out why this is bad!

bowman springs drillThis picture is of Bowman Springs drill site. The water body you see is supposed to be a fresh water holding reservoir to mix the frack chemical secret sauce mixtures. (Spills happen…aka UTA SPILL video as a good example)

bowman springs drill drain

Note how drains are built into the pad sites and allowed into neighborhoods here in Arlington Gasland TexASS.

More pics here

UPDATE 1/3/2018…Turns out the “resistant” wastewater byproduct (being proliferated microorganisms from polluted groundwater found near fracking) are useful for bioremediation (for example Toluene and Chloroform chemical contamination). ….who’daTHUNK it? Please go to almost the bottom of this post for more info.
—–end update———-
Not only do the drilling operators have to deal with:
  1. failed biocides risk,……. drinking water treatment plants are finding
  2. organisms becoming more resistant to chlorine….and
  3. UTA Clear is finding dangerous bacteria that just happen to be found by the fracking sites are resistant to antibiotics… private water wells
What a triple play on that game changing shale play huh?
(update on 12/6/17- make that quadruple threat if U R pregnant near fracking)

An NBC DFW report on 12/1/17 was entitled

Studies Find Dangerous Bacteria Near Texas Fracking Sites

Reads “Two new studies from University of Texas at Arlington researchers show harmful bacteria levels in groundwater near hydraulically fractured gas drilling sites. 

The studies published in the peer-reviewed journal Science of the Total Environment show antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in private water wells in the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford Shale regions of Texas”. 

So I jumped in with additional information (including a possible natural solution-see bottom of post just above the pregnancy/leukemia risks) last May of 2017 that a TRA official had also said bacteria at the wastewater treatment plants were becoming Chlorine resistant too……Note if you don’t read to the end of this post…the link at the bottom also addresses how the operators at these drill sites depend on biocides and how they have issues of failures.…I give examples of how LOCAL Arlington residents may have been sickened with stale water odors when these biocides obviously have failed…either that or the glutaraldehyde or whatever biocide they used/use…overtakes…yes the airshed of our urban drilling areas …aka our neighborhoods! I know first hand of odors coming into my home and burning my eyes by the ATT Stadium in Jan of 2013…at which I sued Chesapeake in small claims court over. Through the court ordered emails I learned they had conflicting reports trying to explain the odors, of which one set of field notes will never be recovered because the TCEQ inspector was killed in an automobile accident in Houston after he went to work there.

So if you aren’t worried about groundwater, or drinking water becoming cleanable for human consumption, then maybe you don’t care about when the biocides fail and the well sours (they call it stale water) and how the odors can be bad enough to make your blood pressure soar and make you vomit.

No wonder why I took a break from blogging to go to work temporarily for an atmospheric water generating company…..I know first hand not to trust whats in and on the ground.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Jeff Williams <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Charlie Parker <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Victoria Myers <>; Lana Wolff <>; Robert Shepard <>; Jim Parajon <>; “” <>; Marvin Sutton <>; Maria Carbajal <>; Mary Kelleher <>; “” <>; Jay Warren <>; Jason M. Allen <>
“” <>; “” <>
Sent: Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:56 AM
Subject: Fw: Dangerous Bacteria Near Barnett Shale drilling sites
So now Arlington has …what…. 65 ish urban drilling gas well pad sites of future Brownfields for MSD blessings to never remediate in the interest of economic development…..
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Aaron Hoff <>; Angela Kilpatrick <>
Cc: Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <>; Buzz Pishkur <>; Kevin A. Schug <>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <>; Brett Shipp <>; “” <>
Sent: Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:48 AM
Subject: Dangerous Bacteria Near Barnett Shale drilling sites


FYI as a member of the Lake Arlington-Village Creek Water Protection Steering Committee, I wanted you to read my research on this topic.  This morning I see a news report catching up the general public….
I made a comment  on this NBC DFW article…Why oh why won’t those microbes die? Last May I blogged….

An official from the Trinity River Authority commented of microbe testing that these bacteria are becoming chlorine resistant!!! ….

“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 in
gested viable cysts required for infection is pretty low“. 
And it is not just the TRA admitting to chlorine resistant bacteria……. reads….


March 2 ·
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.

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…..note I boldfaced for emphasis…
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 an industry source…..
“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.
———–END email to our leaders——
So what to do about this issue……and rain happens at our pad sites too!
So how lucky am I to may see a solution to this triple threat?
Lets go ask the bacteria/microbe’s natural predator….. her name is……..PHAGE!!!
 UPDATE 1/3/2018
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Aaron Hoff <>; Angela Kilpatrick <>; Buzz Pishkur <>
Cc: Jeff Williams <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:26 AM
Subject: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform
The fact that these pathogenic bacteria can thrive in contaminated conditions and resist traditional treatment strategies should suggest several things to water managers and policymakers.
“These data indicate that traditional forms of disinfection may not be sufficient under all circumstances,” Dr. Hildenbrand cautions. “With that being said, the pathogens that we are detecting out in the field are beyond the purview of the current drinking water standards, so operators of public water supply wells who are required to screen for E. Coli and fecal coli form on a quarterly basis may think that they are thoroughly disinfecting their water when in fact they may not be killing the more resilient bacteria. Collectively these data suggest that federal and state drinking water standards should be expanded upon to include more bacterial species, and that we should explore alternative treatment methods beyond simple chlorination.”
The third study identified two unique species of bacteria that showed a capacity to degrade toluene and chloroform, and therefore could be exploited for the bioremediation of groundwaters contaminated with chemical solvents. There is more than one answer to how this discovery might be applied.”


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>

Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:03 PM
Subject: Fw: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform

Craig Cummings, assistant director of treatment for ArlingtonWater Utilities.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Buzz Pishkur <>
To: kim feil <> 
Cc: Aaron Hoff <>; Angela Kilpatrick <>; Jeff Williams <>; Jim Parajon <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Craig Cummings <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:02 PM
Subject: Re: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform

Just a reminder. Arlington like most of the metroplex cities uses surface water not well water as our source of supply. Arlington gets water from TRWD pipelines and our sources of supply in most cases are located a fair distance from  our city.

These facts do not infer that we are dismissive of water quality issues that may be related to energy industry activity. 

Sent from my iPhone

—end update Jan 2018———–

Last note kinda not related to above post but important…..
benzene pregnant women fracking.JPG

link here

Arlington residents planning pregnancy should also understand they may risk higher leukemia rates for their unborn which makes this post actually a QUADRUPLE threat to future water drinkers that have a higher risk of having leukemia.

……….update on a blanket assurance from our water director, Buzz Pishkur….and my response…..

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Buzz Pishkur <>
Cc: Jay Warren <>
Sent: Friday, December 8, 2017 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: 2015 pic of Wilbarger pad site draining off into Lake Arlington
  It takes a special testfor radioactivity in frack-water; the common drinking water test fails.
“Avner Vengosh, geochemist, Duke U, urges that Ra be measured in frack-water directly with gamma ray spectroscopy, Chemical and Engineering News ISSN 0009-2347, copyright @ 2017 American Chemical Society”.
So Mr Pishkur, please comment on how often NORM is measured and what methods are used, thanks.


From: Buzz Pishkur <>
To: kim feil <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: 2015 pic of Wilbarger pad site draining off into Lake Arlington


We process surface water but will continue to monitor all information related to assuring the quality of the eater our residents consume.

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 5, 2017, at 8:29 AM, kim feil <> wrote:

Any comments regarding this picture or UTAClears’ recent publications on dangerous bacteria found in Barnett Shale private water wells that are resistant to antibiotics near fracking?
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When Frack on Crack meets Herbicide Harry…..

I am so glad that Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is looking into educating the oil & gas industry in how to reduce herbicide use at pad sites. For example they need to know when the CORRECT application times/season are so as to not waste or over treat. But my gut is to NOT add any more chemicals to these…future Brownfield sites. I’m surprised anything grows at these well known “scorched earth” sites anyway.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>
Cc: Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <>; Aaron Hoff <>; Angela Kilpatrick <>
Sent: Friday, December 1, 2017 8:52 AM
Subject: Lake Arlington Village Creek info I gave you…
Justin, it was a delight to have you speak to me yesterday at the Lake Arlington-Village Creek Water Protection Plan steering committee meeting.
Thank you for explaining how GMO is different than GE. I still wonder why our cancer and ADD rates have spiked in the recent decades that seem to coincidence with the advent of food technology. I am now more environmentally aware (because of blogging about Urban Drilling risks) of our degraded air, soil, and water from industrial processes…so it must be more than just what we feed our bodies for these spikes.
On a different note…here is a link from Dr Vengosh related to drilling effluents that may be present at pad sites. So as you guys talk to the operators about herbicide use at these pad sites…please first contact Dr Vengosh to have a discussion on the risk for synergistic, unintended risks to groundwater and stormwater runoff.  
I have coined this as “frack on crack” risk situations and I cringe when the operators boast of recycling waste water when adding disinfectants to it risks having a more dangerous concoction than what they started with.
Mixing new chemicals with unknown present ones is always hard to test for yet alone try to regulate. All this in a state like here in Texas that does NOT testing for NORM which was a concern Dr Vengosh and I both share….one of the reasons I joined the steering committee.
Here is some recent work/abstract from Dr. Vengosh….
Additionally I have blogged….
Another report that appeared in the Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Environmental Science:
Processes and Impacts….
“However, the presence of various fatty acid phthalate esters in the Barnett and Marcellus produced waters can be related to their use in drilling fluids and breaker additives rather than their presence in connate fluids. Halogen containing compounds are found in each of the water samples, and although the fluorocarbon compounds identified are used as tracers, the presence of chlorocarbons and organobromides formed as a consequence of using chlorine containing oxidants (to remove bacteria from source water),suggests that industry should concentrate on non-chemical treatments of frac and produced waters.”  
SEPT 2014 Bromide UPDATE Laboratory Talk reported that Sept 2014 Rice University (RU) studied produced water from shale formations in Texas, Pennsylvania & New Mexico… “Initially, the project undertook chemical analysis of fracking fluids pumped through gas-producing shale formations in Texas, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Early findings suggested that shale oil and gas-produced water does not contain significant amounts of the polyaromatic hydrocarbons that could pose health hazards. Instead, the research team discovered minute amounts of other chemical compounds which led the team to suggest that the industry would be wise to focus its efforts on developing nonchemical treatments for fracking and produced water. RU team also found that produced water contained potentially toxic chlorocarbons and organobromides, most likely formed from interactions between high levels of bacteria in the water and salts or chemical treatments used in fracking fluids.
Barron said industry sometimes uses chlorine dioxide or hypochlorite treatments to recycle produced water for reuse, but these treatments can often enhance bacteria’s ability to convert naturally occurring hydrocarbons to chlorocarbons and organobromides.”
Thanks Justin for your interest and passion in a career of such importance to human health.
Kim Feil 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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Cadmus Scientists Removed their Names From EPA Report Concluding that Fracking was Safe


Regis the Cat says That is Fracked Up

Here are my cut and paste highlights from The State Impact Pennsylvania news release over Thanksgiving holiday (when readership is down?) …….

“Concerns about the study (on fracking of coal bed methane) emerged from the outset, including a 2004 whistleblower complaint that called it “scientifically unsound.” Now, InsideClimate News has learned that the scientists who wrote the report disagreed with the conclusion imposed by the Bush EPA, saying there was not enough evidence to support it. The authors, who worked for a government contractor, went so far as to have their company’s name and their own removed from the final document……

The EPA and industry long maintained that fracking did not need federal oversight under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The EPA used the law to protect groundwater from other industrial activities, such as disposal of oilfield wastewater as part its Underground Injection Control (UIC) program…..

Against common scientific practice, the EPA urged Cadmus to include an oil industry study that had not been peer-reviewed. When Cadmus staff resisted, the EPA manager asked a Cadmus scientist, “‘Can’t you say something positive about it?’” the scientist recalled….

A March 3, 2004, EPA agenda entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing Project Status” listed among the tasks “Soften conclusions and ES [executive summary].”….

The final version of the report omits mention of public health except in the discussion of methodology and in paraphrasing public comments deep into the 463-page study.

EPA documents show Cadmus recommended revisions to reflect complaints by some Virginia residents about possible contamination of their water from fracking. The contractor raised the question of an investigation to see if the complaints were warranted. The final version did not include the changes Cadmus recommended, and EPA did not launch an inquiry into the complaints…..

The EPA decided the study’s conclusion should be that fracking did not pose a threat to groundwater and therefore did not require further study or federal oversight.

The Cadmus scientists came to believe that abiding by the EPA’s conclusion violated their standards of integrity. “If you say there is no risk associated with hydraulic fracturing, and we see risk, you either didn’t do a good job or you’re lying,” Sham said. “The data and analyses tell us there is risk associated with it, and we were asked to report there is no risk, and we can’t say that.”……

“We had no power over the final report. The only power we had was to take our names off it,” said a Cadmus team scientist who declined to be identified because of concerns about job security.”


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Urban Drilling The Arlington Experience by City Water Director of Utilities

Update the “Arlington Experience” as a water director in an urban drilling town must not have been that great as his position is needing to now be filled and he said he is moving to a different position.

buzz leaving

career link for City of Arlington

Walter Pishkur attended and obviously did a presentation in 2015 at a frack lovers convention…the blue dots in the map below represents Arlington’s high impact industrial processes (fracking) to your neighborhood’s air, groundwater, and soil sheds. buzz frack map 1arlington buzz frack map 2arlington buzz frack map 3city of arlington smog pic (2)NOW LOOK AT THE LATERALS UNDER OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY, LAKE ARLINGTON!  Too bad his presentation has a  concentration on what the residents have to do to conserve water and not what the frackers need to do to protect our drinking water resources!!buzz lateral arlington highlights 1buzz lateral arlington highlights 2buzz lateral arlington highlights 3arlington revenue highlights buzz fracking

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