N Ft Worth Boil Water Order NOT (yet) fracking related

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Back in 2010 we didn’t get the luxury of choosing to drink or not…

https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/nuisance-when-we-drank-frack-water-arlington-residents-july-2010/

You can’t UNfrack your water BTW.

Read about how since Urban Drilling that Arlington TX’s municipal drinking water has almost TRIPLED in TTHM’s (a drinking water unwanted, carcinogenic, by-product of disinfectant treatments)… https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/did-urban-drilling-cause-86-spike-in-arlingtons-tthm-in-treatn-drinkn-water-in-2009/

#WaterWarsRjustBeginning

#BanFrackingNOW!

In Pennsylvania…this link dated 2/4/16 reads…

Pennsylvania Fracking Water Contamination Much Higher Than Reported

……“That means that for about every two fracking well pads, one homeowner called in a water complaint…That’s a 44 percent fracking water complaint rate suggesting that water well issues are pervasive.”

Here is a commenter’s post on this PA article I boldfaced for emphasis…

“There is a great deal of bromide, heavy metals, and radioactivity in the water from fracking waste water. Recycling the fracked water does not help, as that just increases the concentration of these items with each use, and the disposal issue remains.

A substantial amount of radioactivity, heavy metals, and bromide have been added to our rivers due to the fracking process. Even when put into a treatment plant, these items cannot be filtered out. Bromide molecules are smaller than water and thus can’t be captured. Radioactivity just slips straight through.

A big health issue is that chlorine has always been used to clean water for drinking/bathing by water utility. Bromide is a salt, and by itself it’s harmless. But combined with chlorine at a drinking water utility, it forms chemicals called trihalomethanes. Long term exposure to trihalomethanes increases the risk of bladder and other cancers. Because of high bromide levels in the rivers, Wheeling and dozens of plants in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia have violated the EPA’s limits on trihalomethanes over the last three years.

The level of these carcinogens have become so high, that some of the drinking water utilities around Pittsburgh (where I live) have switched from chlorine to chloramine (which does not react with bromine) – this is now used in about 20% of the nation’s drinking water systems. However, many times more lead leaches out of pipes with chloramine than with chlorine – and we now have very unsafe levels of lead in our drinking water.

So, thanks to fracking, most people in western PA and downriver now have much higher levels of either carcinogens or lead in their bodies. Many of these people will die early of expensive diseases because of this. Will the industry pay for that? Fossil fuels are only less expensive than renewables if their downstream costs are not considered”.

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too bad Arlington only test every 3 years for lead…last test was 2012

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TCEQ fined Enterprise $477K bad-flare-care+ from 2007-2011

This Houston/Gulf unnecessary emissions “crap” blows to our DFW lungs.

FAIL = TCEQ to take so long to fine these folks…

and in the interim entertain applications for more pollution!

“…a fine of $477,173 against Enterprise Products Operating LLC in Chambers and Harris counties for a variety of violations – including air emissions violations, reporting violations, and failure to operate a thermal oxidizing flare at the minimum required temperature – between 2007 and 2011″.

Here is the state’s response to allowing more permits while an entity is being investigated….it’s not the business’s fault the state is 5-16 years behind closing an investigation/assessing a fine.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Megan Hamilton <Megan.Hamilton@tceq.texas.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: AIRPERM <AIRPERM@tceq.texas.gov>
Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 8:25 AM
Subject: RE: NSPS allowed on entities being sanctioned? TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67

Good morning, Ms. Feil:

Compliance issues from facilities seeking a permit are taken into account through the TCEQ’s compliance history system.  This system provides staff with an evaluation of how facilities are adhering to their current authorizations and TCEQ regulations.  Factors such as the seriousness of a violation, the frequency of violations, the number of investigations that have been conducted, and the complexity of the facility are combined to determine a rating and classification for a facility.  This rating is used as a tool for staff when issuing authorizations.  A facility with an unsatisfactory compliance rating may be subject to more stringent permit conditions, or may not be able to obtain new permits. Thus, the Air Permits Division does continue to write and issue authorizations for facilities, even when they are being investigated.  Oftentimes, we have found that the violations or enforcement actions have resulted in the need for new authorizations for these facilities, or resulted in subsequent permit conditions specifically intended to address the compliance problem.

For more information related to Compliance History, please visit our website at: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/enforcement/history/about.html.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at this e-mail address.

Thank you,

Megan

Megan Hamilton

Operational Support Team 2 Leader

Air Permits Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

512-239-1582

 

From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “airperm@tceq.texas.gov” <airperm@tceq.texas.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:48 PM
Subject: NSPS allowed on entities being sanctioned? TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67
Hello, below is information on TCEQ fines. Regarding Enterprise Products, is it a TCEQ policy to entertain NSPS permits for those entities being investigated?
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2014 NSPS permit application TCEQ

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From: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality <tceq@service.govdelivery.com>
To: kimfeil@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:48 PM
Subject: TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67

TCEQ approves fines totaling $1,663,646.67
Penalties assessed against 126 regulated entities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Media Contact: Andrew Keese    
Phone: 512-239-0060
Pager: 512-695-8072

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $1,474,822 against 47 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

Agreed orders were issued for the following enforcement categories: 13 air quality, two Edward’s Aquifer, one industrial hazardous waste, three industrial wastewater discharge, three multimedia, two municipal solid waste, nine municipal wastewater discharge, three petroleum storage tank, nine public water system, and four water quality (stormwater).

Included in the total is a fine of $477,173 against Enterprise Products Operating LLC in Chambers and Harris counties for a variety of violations – including air emissions violations, reporting violations, and failure to operate a thermal oxidizing flare at the minimum required temperature – between 2007 and 2011. Of the total, as part of Supplemental Environmental Projects, $119,293 will be used by the Barber’s Hill Independent School District for the Alternative Fuel School Bus Replacement Program to replace buses that do not meet 2010 Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards with propane-fueled models, and $119,293 will be used by the Houston-Galveston Area Council for their Clean Vehicles Partnership Project to retrofit or replace school buses that do not meet 2010 EPA emissions standards.

In addition, on Jan. 28 and Feb. 2, the executive director approved a total of 79 agreed orders, each $7,500 or less, totaling $188,824.67.

The TCEQ’s next agenda meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17. Agenda items from today’s meeting can be viewed on the TCEQ website. All agendas are webcast live for free, and archived meetings are available on TexasAdmin.com.

Follow us on Twitter @TCEQNews.

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TCEQ to allow monthly-summary Waste Water Spill Reporting (comment 2/5/16)

 

Waste water treatment/collection spilling so reliably often – how bout’ let’s just make it easier to report it monthly (instead of within 24 hours)  wow!

And if the drillers start treating more waste water, (cause injection wells = too many frack quakes), then it will be easier for them too?

SB 912: Volume-Based Exemptions for Certain Accidental Discharges
The rulemaking would implement SB 912 by amending 30 TAC Chapters 305 and 327. Specifically, volume-based exemption from reporting requirements for certain accidental discharges or spills from wastewater facilities.

Re: Docket No. 2015-1076-RUL

Anticipated public comment period opens: February 5, 2016 – March 7, 2016

Electronic comments may be submitted at: http://www1.tceq.texas.gov/rules/ecomments/. All comments should reference Rule Project Number 2015-024-305-CE. The comment period closes March 7, 2016.

Here is the link to the complete executive summary…

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regis

Regis the Cat says….monthly reporting? You should NOT be spilling at all!

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Marc Pawliger FAIL on Google Chrome #confusion on QUEST to fill-up-landfills-w/older-computers

 

Lookie lookie at these THOUSANDS OF comments of UPSET folks finding out they’ve been fracked out of Google Chrome updates Here is the blog post “updated” by Marc Pawliger, Director of Engineering and Early Notifier on the Chrome Blog…. (I boldfaced for emphasis)

“Today, we’re announcing the end of Chrome’s support for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple….Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes. If you are still on one of these unsupported platforms, we encourage you to move to a newer operating system to ensure that you continue to receive the latest Chrome versions and features”.

See the yellow message they/we all got this morning saying Google Chrome stopped updating their older WORKING computer systems!  This means people will have to switch to FireFox or whatever to cruise the internet or buy an newer computer and toss theirs to the TOXIC landfills that eventually risk OUR DRINKING WATER !!!!!….#Na$tyMove #GoogleChromeFAIL !!!!!!!!!!Screen shot 2016-01-30 at 10.03.40 AM

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However this link says it DOES support my Mac…

 

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This one too… note today’s date of Jan. 29 2016?….what the frack? #confused

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…about that colonoscopy prep juice PEG 3350 & Haliburton’s CleanStim® Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid

BOTH haven’t been ANIMAL studied for reproductive or carcinogenic harm.

What is (PEG) polyethylene glycol 3350? Cancer.dartmouth.edu says… “Polyethylene glycol 3350 is a laxative solution that increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements”.  

Note I have boldfaced items of interest ….

Sciencelab MSDS sheet for polyethylene glycol 3350 ….yes that stuff you drink for your colonoscopy prep ….”Other Toxic Effects on Humans: Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant, permeator), of ingestion, of inhalation…..DSCL (EEC): R16- Explosive when mixed with oxidizing substances”.

When I turned 50 years old, I was given the Trilyte prep containing 420 g polyethylene glycol 3350 that had this warning: “Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility: Carcinogenic and reproductive studies with animals have not been performed“.

The DOW Chemical MSDS sheet states that the typical applications known for Polyethylene Glycols*
“ Adhesives  Ceramic Glaze  Chemical Intermediates  Dye Carrier  Food Packaging  Lubricants  Mandrel Releases  Mold Release Agents  Soaps and Detergents *
The Dow MSDS says of the FDA Status:
“CARBOWAX™ Polyethylene Glycols are produced to meet the requirements for use under Food Additive Regulations for indirect use as components of articles intended for use in contact with food. It is the responsibility of the user of CARBOWAX™ PEGs and MPEGs to read and understand all current applicable FDA and EPA regulations, as well as any other applicable regulations”.

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Funny how Haliburton  N O W  offers “CleanStim®” a food grade frack fluid that has a disclaimer…. “Intended Use  –  The CleanStim formulation is designed for use in hydraulic fracturing. Even though all the ingredients are acquired from food suppliers, the CleanStim fluid system should not be considered edible”.

What about those frackers NOT using CleanStim? Yep those secret ingredients found in FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry are still legally allowed to exist as proprietary.

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Besides Miralax, Trilyte, Dulcolax and others, another brand name laxative for colonoscopy prep is called “MoviPrep” and this link says to tell your doctor before taking if you have:

  • disease;
  • trouble swallowing;
  • nausea or vomiting;
  • a stomach disorder such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or slow digestion;
  • kidney disease;
  • a history of seizures;
  • low levels of sodium in your blood;
  • a history of bowel obstruction, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, or other chronic bowel disease;heart 
  • if you take any medications; or
  • if you have recently used alcohol.

MoviPrep side effects/allergic reaction

 

  • gagging, choking, severe stomach pain or bloating;
  • no bowel movement within 2 hours after use;
  • nausea, vomiting, trouble drinking liquids, headache, little or no urinating; or
  • fever, sudden or severe stomach pain, severe diarrhea, rectal bleeding or bright red bowel movements.

 

Aside from tremors of PEG 3350, here is the link to the possible reported deaths info (sort by “outcome”). Those reported are 30 deaths out of 270 entries of possible adverse reactions since 2004. Statistically I think this is good news since there are so many colonoscopies done each year. But what are the long term HUMAN cancer risks if PEG 3350 was not even ANIMAL studied?  Likewise in Urban Drilling there was no health & environmental impact study done. Even now nurses and doctors are saying drilling near people increases cancer risks and that more studies need to be done…Urban Drilling is still allowed by humans and animals risking our health & environment.

“US” should stand for “Under State my long term risks in living here”.

Have a great colonoscopy ya’ll. THIS article says we Americans needlessly GET TOO MANY…..we also have too many padsites…ever look at the youtube fracking build out videos?

…about that colonoscopy prep juice PEG 3350 & Haliburton’s CleanStim Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid…one is approved as edible, the other should not…..but BOTH haven’t been ANIMAL studied for reproductive or carcinogenic harm.

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GM Plant in Arlington TX #theNextFlint?

Is the General Motors Plant in Arlington employing state of the art technologies to their waste water treatments? It has taken too long for them in my opinion to get around to retiring all their old air pollution mitigation devices. To learn more about Arlington’s sources for our drinking water click here.
 
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “cynthia.simmons@cityofarlingtontx.gov” <cynthia.simmons@cityofarlingtontx.gov>; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; “joe.gildersleeve@arlingtontx.gov” <joe.gildersleeve@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Collin Gregory <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; Maria Carbajal <maria.carbajal@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>; Cindy Powell <cpowell@aisd.net>
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:22 AM
Subject: Cynthia & Mr Gildersleeve, please respond on GM’s emissions #ArlingtonTXtheNextFLINT?
The following is from the newly released 2014 EPA Toxic Release Inventory for the Arlington General Motors Plant.
Note this does NOT include the onsite Chesapeake drill site lift compressors & storage tank’s emission numbers.
GM’s Benzene was 1,351 lbs/yr in 2014. Over the last 14 years they averaged 1,129 lb/yr. The Benzene will only increase as the facility expands. This is not good for public health and how it blows to our Entertainment District and the Viridian development.
 
GM’s Toluene was 6,200 lb/yr in 2014. Over the last 27 years they averaged 21,000 lb/yr. They have greatly improved from the late eighties and first half of 1990’s. There was marked improvement starting in 1996 (the year my second son was born), but has started increasing again after the 2008 partial shutdown.
 
GM’s Xylene was 9,130 lb/yr in 2014. Over the last 27 years they averaged 252,000 lb/yr. Xylene is highly reactive for ozone formation. The Jacobson Effect says that urban airsheds should not have additional pollution loads. Urban airsheds create their own dome of trapped pollution by feeding off itself looping an exponential ozone/smog problem in the localized area. In 2000, it’s highest year, GM emitted 750,000 lbs/ yr. In 2013 GM’s Xylene was 115,000 lb/yr, and in 2012 it was 126,000 lb/yr. Why is it fluctuating like this? How can the state write a SIP if GM is all over the place on this highly reactive VOC? I hope council recalls my testimony asking not to approve those Chesapeake padsites on GM’s property because the airshed in that area was already was overloaded.
 
Dr Cynthia Simmons, please have GM provide a detailed plan in how their expansion will retire old polluting equipment. We need to know that the net effect will be less emissions…we deserve to know if the expansion brings expanded pollution or if it brings state of the art technologies reducing the load. I am extremely disappointed in city staff for not including emissions numbers when the expansions and tax incentives are voted on by council.I am saddened our Christian council doesn’t ask for this information either. You recklessly depend on the TCEQ-the wolf watching the (economic) hen house knowing the state of our air quality being in ozone NON-ATTAINMENT.
 
Last week at the NCTCOG, the TCEQ took public comments as a last ditch effect to improve their ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP) being submitted to the EPA (who could by law take it over a write a plan for them). The EPA was present to witness the hearing and heard folks complain that the TCEQ is basicly submitting a no-action-plan-against-big-hitters like the oil & gas industry. Yet again our state is submitting an already FAILED SIP that will likely not bring us into ozone attainment…so far this is a 20 plus year failure and our city council continues to ignore that we cannot come into ozone attainment. When council votes on gaswells and GM expansion projects, they do not take effluents added to the environment even as I have continued to remind them over the years (which is criminal in my opinion).
 
At the recent public hearing, I personally gave TCEQ/EPA info on: GM’s BTEX, the Jacobson effect, & Arlington’s TTHM tripling since urban drilling. Additionally I complained about how the lift compressors are not mandated under the PBR at our drill sites to be equipped with catalytic converters (updated home rule laws in our GW ordinance would fix this deficient in public protections). 
 
It would have been good if Dr Simmons and council or even staff would have come to the TCEQ meeting to hear the heartbreaking testimonies of those who lost their loved ones to pulmonary disease or care for their sick children through the night who fall asleep in class at school the next day.
 
After the Flint lead problem, Michael Moore’s plea “So unhook the city from that source and let them drink the water known as ‘General Motors’ Sewer‘ – Flint River” has more eyes are looking this way…our way…at what our Arlington GM plant is discharging now….will you wait for some revelation catching you off guard? 
 
GM’s water consumption is in the top five users for our city (In 2011 their water bill was approximately $700,000). Likewise GM is one of our top tax payers. However the residential taxes compose two thirds of our total ta dollars. WE pay the TRA at the CRWS in Grand Prairie to treat and release GM’s water to the Trinity River. What requirements are we as a home rule city imposing on GM’s TMDL to ensure we will not ever have that stigma of “GM sewer water” here in our Trinity River?
Mr. Gildersleeve, how can you assure us that GM is employing state of the art technologies to their waste water treatments? It has taken too long for them in my opinion to get around to retiring all their old air pollution mitigation devices.
 
Kim Feil
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Drilling Destined in Viridian was Faulted Haulted

Deciding not to finish a drilled well because of “complex” geology is a nice way to say…we had no business drilling in a faulted zone isn’t it?

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2006/11/20/story1.html

This 2006 bizjournals story is worth the read if U R from Arlington and follow news stories about the Viridian, an upscale mixed use development across from the city landfill.

Sam Ware purchased almost 2,000 acres in 2004 for the area now known as the Viridian development.

In 2007 Huffines bought the surface rights from Mr Ware (aka the high school streaker) who kept the rights to the subsurface/minerals. But the wells did not produce much gas. On top of that there were failed Range Resources inspections with the City of Arlington too. Range Resources, David Poole, told me the gas had long ago escaped because of that big fault.  That 1,800-foot drop off is now formally called Bird’s Fort Fault because the owner, Sam Ware renamed it “The Abyss”.

Once Range Resources sold to Legend, the wells were permanently plugged and abandoned.

In January of 2015 Mr. Kembel, Huffines president, told me when I was recording at a neighborhood meeting (for the Rolling Hills drill site) that there IS gas under the Viridian…. “We went out of our way to buy all the minerals so we wouldn’t have any drilling as opposed to ‘opposing it’, we just bought it. That way we put our money where our mouth is and said we’re going to buy all the interest and not worry about it, but not everybody can do that”.

Mr. Kimbel sounded green that night, but honestly I’m not sure if his version of green is environmental or of the cash flavor type green after re-reading that 2006 article, and recognizing his name..“There will be significant attention paid to alternative uses for drill-site easements as part of the land-planning process,” Kembel said. “For example, drill sites that may not be needed for a while could be used for other things, such as a ballpark or for parking”. 

Imagine if the bank did NOT foreclose on those mineral rights in 2010…

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2010 Powell Report

Imagine if Mr Ware was successful in grabbing that gas…..how many gas wells (uumm former ballparks/parking) would be there now c0-existing with the Viridian development?

If Mr. Ware was successful in grabbing that gas then he would have been able to pay Plains Capital Bank for the loan on the mineral rights and he would have been able to pay Huffines their contracted 25% royalties.

Huffines would not have had to sue him for it….is that how Huffines aquired the minerals as part of a settlement or did Huffines buy the minerals from Plains Capital Bank?

Mr Kembel said Huffines “bought” those minerals, so there you go.

Oh BTW the Viridian was sold last summer in 2015…don’t know who owns the minerals but who in their right mind would want to drill there now?

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Response to Denton Citizen Q&A smacks of “not so smart” per Smert comments

DentonRecord-Chronicle reported on the 1/23/16 Saturday morning public meeting

“Skeptics remain after power plan Q&A”

for the plan to build TWO natural gas fired power plants in Denton TX.
BACKGROUND: First Denton citizens voted to ban fracking, then HB40 came along with a state-wide ban on fracking bans. Now the city is looking to build two natural gas fired plants investing in what many believe to soon to be an obsolete, unsustainable fossil fuel energy source…why create a demand for NG that BTW smacks in the face of “take that” for the citizens that tried to ban fracking there?
Please read these comments I (boldfaced for emphasis) from Jodi Ismert (Facebook Denton Matters) coverage/comment is so chilling!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS THE STORY PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR BECAUSE IT SHOWS THEY ARE CLOSED MINDED TO RESEARCHING THE AVAILABLE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES..tisk tisk tisk!
Jodi Ismert ·
Denton, Texas
“The Q&A session felt more like an extenstion of the OpenHouse we had in the fall. It felt like the same sales pitches were just reiterated again and again to every question posed. If you go back and watch, the answers given weren’t a response to the question itself. For example, I asked a question about emissions as a whole, but different individuals kept giving me a rehearsed response to proposed emissions that will be recorded on the books. I wasn’t looking for the energy equivalent of book value, I was looking for all totals without the energy equivalent of writedowns. No one would answer the question directly even though I know the answer: which is “yes, we will be increasing total emissions from today’s baseline”. No one would answer directly. Also, when another citizen asked for a yes or no answer to whether combining the emissions from both plants would make it a major source, no one would answer this question directly. The answer is “yes”, but instead of answering the question, this citizen was given another portion of the rehearsed sales pitch and when she asked the question again, they just kept repeating the sales pitch not answering her question. She finally moved on to the next question after a while of this avoidance. I also noticed that there was at least one council member and PUB officials sitting at the back of the room together and laughing and jeering at citizens asking questions, if any citizen asked more than 2 questions in response to the non-answers from the panel, the PUB members would shout and jeer at the citizens and say they had asked their one question and to move on. These were the ONLY people in the crowd yelling at citizens. I find it reprehensible that they would do this considering they are supposed to represent citizens’ interests and should be INTERESTED and curious what our thoughts are, but it was quite the opposite. The fact that the PUB is appointed by the council and the council is voted-in by the citizens, I think we absolutely need new representation of council and a overhaul of appointees on the PUB asap! It was very unprofessional. When I was standing in line, I was actually scolded by a PUB representative for clapping for a fellow citizen’s questions. Unacceptable. Who do they think they represent. I also saw one city council person laughing at citizens’ questions and at one point, he fell asleep. I found this to be so disrespectful.
 
Citizens want to be able to direct and have a say in the future and vision of our city. We should have representatives who want to work collaboratively with us instead of this nonsense. I believe some of our representatives do want to do this and others are starting to truly work with us. I hope that trend continues instead of what we experienced at this Q&A session. I had a meeting with a city council person recently and I believe this is the type of direction he wants as well. I think we can do this and the city just needs to be a willing partner instead of so set in their decisions”.

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U P D A T E !!! FB post 1/24/2016

 

Jodi Ismert
Jodi Ismert Kevin Roden heard from a twitter follower that we were canvassing to help a D1 committee conduct recall efforts in his district by getting signatures. He drove around and found us, rolled down his window snapped photos of Jen Lane me and worse of all, my 6 year old daughter, then yelled at us and drove off. He has since posted them to his facebook page in an attempt to intimidate and humiliate us. I’ve asked him to remove the photos of my daughter and me from his phone and to also take the photos down, but he hasn’t responded to this request. I’ve already filed a police report and the officer told me that if he proceeded to post the photos,, i could file harassment charges so i plan to do this tomorrow. It’s dispicable that a public official with power would choose to behave in such a despotic manner. He is a public figure using my images to intimidate and harm me and i am a citizen not a public figure. It’s slanderous, but really i’m most concerned about my daughter’s image being on his phone and what he will choose to do with those. I can’t get this out of my mind.

 

Deborah Needleman Armintor

Deborah Needleman Armintor Jodi, don’t forget to tell people that he drove by TWICE and shouted out snarkily to you.

Like · Reply · 4 · 10 hrs
Jennifer Lane
Jennifer Lane The second time, when he honked loudly 4 times, it was at Tobias and me. Jodi had left to take Abby home and go to file the police report. So year, he managed to disrupt our petition circulation efforts. It’s creepy when people try to get at you through your family.

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Use this link to complain and contact Denton’s City Manager, thanks…http://www.cityofdenton.com/Home/Components/Form/Form/2456b31f3bbd4ee2b527d58c792fdcac/215
Also here is the other contacts… (940) 349-8910 and speak to a representative or e-mail us at engineering@cityofdenton.com.
Dear City Manager, one of your citizens, Jodi Ismert, had chilling comments that I blogged about ( http://bit.ly/1SFUe3s ) on the DRC new story covering the gas fired plant Q&A Saturday. The behavior of PUB she describes is unconscionable and I want to officially express my dismay and request your intended response to investigate and reprimand as appropriate, thank YOU. http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20160123-skeptics-remain-after-power-plan-qa.ece?fb_comment_id=941728262573918_941983642548380&comment_id=941983642548380#f1c7b2bdf4
Sincerely,
Kim Feil
Arlington TX
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coverage of TCEQ OZONE Air Quality Plan Fail public comment = “Cuss IN”

UPDATE ..here is FT Worth Weekly coverage link.

For almost four hours on 1/21/2016 DFW citizens addressed TCEQ officials AGAIN (more forceably this time ’round) to ask for a meaningful air quality ozone attainment plan. We threatened that if they did not do their job that they risk having the EPA step in and write a State Implementation Plan (SIP) “for” them. The last 5 SIP plans have failed us. Over the last 20 plus years we have had unhealthy air and have FAILED to come into attainment to the federal standards (which are lose to begin with).

ACTION ITEM>>>>>>>written comments may be submitted to Kathy Singleton, MC 206, Air Quality Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087, or faxed to (512) 239-6188.

Electronic comments may be submitted at:

http://www1.tceq.texas.gov/rules/ecomments/. File size restrictions may apply to comments being submitted via the eComments system. All comments should reference the Dallas-Fort Worth Attainment Demonstration for the 2008 Eight-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area, Project Number 2015-014-SIP-NR.

The comment period closes January 29, 2016.

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Here is GreenSource‘s Coverage.

Here is my coverage…

I must apologize for missing taking notes on the first speakers as I was writing my speech. I was at the NCTCOG earlier in the day attending and blogging about the Water Conservation Council meeting. I did stop writing to take a great picture of Smitty Smith (Austin) of Public Citizen Texas…DSCN4892

  • Official, Eddie Bernice Johnson, sent a representative to convey her comments,
  • Gary Stuard (Dallas) set the tone for those that followed and brazenly verbally waltzed their TCEQ bottoms raw with such finesse.
  • Cherelle Blazer (Dallas) said another one of her children now has asthma,
  • Rita Beving (Sierra Club) gave a heart wrenching account of her brother dying last year from a pulmonary ailment,
  • Molly Rooke (Sierra Club) agreed with Rita that years of being on the NCTCOG clean air steering committees was such a waste of time,
  • Crossandra Allan (Oak Cliff), and Ruby Faye Woolridge (Arlington) gave their stories about the disproportionate asthma rates for African Americans, one (Ruby-who is running for Congress) spoke about how her son died after lungs were comprised while serving in Iraq, but what killed him was coming home and  breathing the Texas air …
  • David E Cozad (Arlington)was excellent and got applause for saying he recognizes the same TCEQ staff’s faces and is so tied harping on the same subject year after year that they should have retired (failed). He spoke of how its a matter of “when” not if fossil fuels goes away, but  by that time we’ll play catch up to how Saudi is CURRENTLY investing in solar to sell “that” energy….

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  • Ranjana Bhandari (Liveable Arlington) had a stellar moment comparing the manual typewriter extinction event to how fossil fuels needs to be remembered…as a

“curious relic of the past” 

  • Harriet Mae Irby (Pantego) made poignant points and had her oxygen tank visual…DSCN4899
  • I, (Kim Feil/Arlington) spoke about health issues, lack of protective regulations, TCEQ’s antiquated air testing methods, the Jacobson Effect, and sang a jazz song I composed (choking asthmatically while trying to sing it)…

“Where is the air that is frack free?

Must I trust silica dust to be radioactive free?

If I had a bionic lung, this song I would not have sung.

Oh why must I let them (UGh UGh) frack me?”…

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  • Adam Reincliff from Denton dropped many F bombs…

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  • Event organizer, Jim Schermbeck (Downwinders at Risk-see his coverage here), made us laugh with his deputy badges and called for us to grab our “weapons of protest” (being an inhaler) and stage a “weeze in”. Then he ended his great speech summarizing all the past TCEQ failures with a loud proclamation of…

“FUCK the TCEQ”…

  • Tammie Carson & Kathy Mitchell were awesome (from Liveable Arlington)…

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  • Dr Robert Haley gave his all important medical testimony,
  • Lorraine Levine (Dallas) was in support &
  • Zack Trahan (Dallas/Texas Campaign for the Environment) spoke his young eloquent heart,
  • John Rath was polite yet powerful and empowered the TCEQ reps with his challenge as messengers to please send our message loud, passionate, and strong for us…John commented how in New York his son could run a mile, but in Texas, they were in the doctors office getting injections, steroids etc..too sick to be active…
  • the words from many mouths like Cindy Spoon forcefully named called our TCEQ state employees and commissioner’s action of INaction  as “criminal”,
  • Lance (Mansfield) shared his story about TCEQ with holding info and was mad his child’s daycare downwind was not notified during an emission exposure “event” 900 feet away.

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  • Dick Richard L Guldi & Christine Anderson Guldi were there and commanded the room (Christine’s was short and had a striking ending)…DSCN4896
  • Tamera brought her granddaughter who spoke too.DSCN4893
  • Michael Hennen of Denton’s Frack Free group was impressive as was
  • Ronnie Mestis, pres of W Dallas Neigh Asosoc,
  • also present was Ft Worth league of Neighborhood Assoc, Rita Vincent
  • and Terry Mesa represented Irving League of Women Voters,
  • Jim Duncan/solar guy was there from Wise county,
  • Carol Sherman Gonzales, Linda Cook was there, Darlene Grace & her husband were also there as was many more that did not speak.
  • Robert Van from Ft Worth wanted a 30 ppb dstandard as protective,
  • Linda Cook spoke, and so did
  • Mary Paris from Oak Cliff,

The EPA folks were there and sat behind  the speakers….DSCN4900

Half way through, they moved to the back of the room…after people dispersed, and I took a picture of the TCEQ and NCTCOG crew……

The TCEQ folks that were there were…Bridgette Bohart, Donna Huff, Kathy Singleton, Chris (climate denier) Kite, Amy Browning, Alisa Taylor, Jessie Kaderika…and one ghostly orb..

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And KUDO’s to one busy, kick butt court reporter who got the whole shalack on transcript!

Here are some some un-named and sideways pics…DSCN4906DSCN4905

 

 

 

Sorry If I forgot to name others, got the account incorrect, or miss spelled names please email me with any corrections/additions at kimfeil@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for reading…now go email TCEQ before 1/29/2016.

 

 

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NCTCOG Water Resources Council met ME today

On 1/21/2017 the NCTCOG Water Resources Council held a meeting at 616 Six Flags Dr, Arlington TX from 10:30-Noon. Here is my coverage/notes/video(s).

I was very thankful to be able as a NON-member to express my concerns at the end of the meeting for padsites in flood areas.

Village Creek padsite

photo by Mary Kelleher see before/after pics here

 

I told them how I went out and took flood pictures of the sewer breach (again) on the FT Worth side of Lake Arlington and how the entrance to at least one of the drill sites entrance gates was flooded.DSCN3758

 

I expressed the need for  a drone to ascertain if the Quicksilver (shut in) drill sites were flooded and communicating with our drinking water reservoir, Lake Arlington. I remarked that the auction for Quicksilver assets were supposed be happening this month and that I wanted them aquired, permanently plug/abandoned, and to have the dirt removed.

I told them that Arlington’s Total Trihalomethane levels have almost tripled since 2007 since we started Urban Drilling.

#FeltLikeConfessionRelief (4+hrs of my volunteer service/blog=DONE)

 

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First presentation:

WaterMyYard.org Charles Swanson 979 845-5614 clswanson@ag.tamu.edu (watering recommendations) catered to homeowner’s address program.

  • Text/email messages flexibility to water or not.
  • Need 2 know your precipitation rate & finder assists on this. Ties in to your local rain conditions.
  • 3K-19k gl savings est 2014 $28-$67 per zone=could save homeowner $100+ per year with 4 or more zones (zones = front yard/back yard etc..)
  • 2015 had even even more $$$ savings.
  • There was a concern of over watering/run off concerns by someone from the storm water department in the Rowlett area.
  • For using a hose to hand water, they are trying to provide a plan to include those households too.

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NCTCOG PEL Efforts (mobility) Kate Zielke 817 608 2395

  • Need …./REF website (Regional Ecosystem Framework) to see the layers on the maps of REF interactive viewer w/environmental info/wetland-mitigation issues in transportation projects.
  • There was mention of how Rush Creek is “impaired”… (info from EPA 2012 report).
  • For tab titled “Brownfield” info (My question responded to was that they did not know if brownfield designations include Municipal Setting Designation where the city/state forgives clean up in the interest of development)

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NCTCOG will host the 1.st Water Quality Workshop: on 2/11/16
9-noon Water Conservation Education & Outreach Plan Development – click here to see if YOU can attend  (you have to say which agency U R from)- so far 7 of 35 seats taken /RSVP required.
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State of the Water Survey had questions generated by our member governments/cities. This TCEQ funded survey will be sent to participants in regional city offices, school districts, groundwater districts & water supplier & distributors.

(My question responded to was that it did not include any questions on Water Banking which is another method of water conservation during flood events-here is the NCTCOG’s flood pic collection)

After the meeting I approached Rachel Evans Revans@nctcog.org and asked to see the survey questions. I also asked if there was any opportunity for a citizen to have input as I would like to see water related drilling issues because we cannot ignore the magnitude of our industrial build out here in North Central Texas. She will ask her boss and let me know.
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2015 North Central Texas Water Quality Mgmt Plan

  • scope of work needs to be submitted to TCEQ in two weeks per Tamara Cook/NCTCOG
  • feedback from chair said the scope TMDL’s issues may bump into other entity’s way of doing things, but be aware of needs to coordinate with those whose jobs are related to working with discharges into streams/storm water  etc….

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  • Garland/Rowlett Storm Water  city representative of tornado area of recent was present and gave a briefing.
  • One of the coucil members spoke of the Lake Lewisville Dam / skinslide due to 16 inches of rainfall, some reporter wrote shock & awe…Corps of engineers had to do damage control to correct initial report of imminent danger. However the attention it garnered gave the political push that just may quickened the time frame to make the dam safer & extend it’s life.

Here is the video on that dam report from the Denton Water Department.

https://youtu.be/-oNGP2gqKYY

 

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Next meeting is 4/7/2016 10:30
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