What is that sickly, sweet smell in Arlington?..BenZene is that you?

For me to have smelled that sweet odor twice yesterday (Saturday 7/30 at 10:30 am and at 12:30 noon)…I wonder who is fracing near me?
Or is it the UT Arlington glycol units?
Or is it all those mom and pop paint shops that TCEQ can’t help me with cause most are too small to be regulated?
Or can it be the GM plant?
Or is it the GM gas wells? I see a derrick up.
Or is it just a lot of vehicle traffic emissions?
Or is it the cumulative effect of all these sources? TCEQ doesn’t regulate cumulative multiple doses-who knows if 1+1=5 (a synergistic effect)?

It sucks when you have so many sources you can’t bust anybody on it….the city needs a strict air quality ordinance, police these places, and $$$ fine them…that’s how the city needs to continue making money after this shale is played out.

I think some of the sweet smell is glycol ethers. On a suma test during a sweet episode outside my front door (10/2010), my ethylene was 1.5 ppb and my benzene was .21 ppb. Another thing that showed up was methyl chloride at .96 ppb which has a sweet odor too.

Too bad TCEQ doesn’t screen for methanol cause that has a slightly sweet odor. I hope our drillers in Arlington are using a flash tank separator-condenser. This new technology is to be used prior to the glycol solution reaching the boiler so it prevents the methanol from venting out of the boiler. Who can find out if Carrizo and Chesapeake uses flash tank separators-condensers? That would be a good item to mandate in our gas drilling ordinance.

On the fracfocus website for the Pleasant Ridge site, Chesapeake puts down the wells… glycol ethers for their cross linkers & scale inhibitors (should be what’s in those white barrels). They also use methanol as the corrosion inhibitor.

Another thing TCEQ doesn’t screen for is diethylene glycol (DEG) or triethylene glycol (TEG). This is the solution generally used in glycol dehydrators, but until TCEQ screens for it I don’t know what ppb we are breathing.

I started looking at glycol ethers cause we had a complaint in Dalworthington Gardens a couple of weeks ago of a sickly, sweet smell. It was reported to me that Dakota Lee admitted that they (DFW Midstream compressor station) opened up the glycol units that night and vented to the atmosphere when they changed their filters. Others were complaining too of a sweet odor, and so they are going to start using the charcoal filters. One thing that doesn’t jive on that story though …the engines were loud that evening it smelled sweet and the next day the site was shut down -dead quiet-after the complaint was called in. If they changed their filters leaving the engines (compressors? glycol units?) running, then why shut it down the next day? Doesn’t a shut down then require a full blowdown event and release everything in those pipes to the atmosphere in order to restart the compressors? I’m confused.

One thing I’m glad about is that the recent EPA proposals taget those glycol units cause they spew benzene- a known carcinogen.

The EPA has a cure for those glycol units…

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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