Since the City of Arlington inspections are NOT at the Carrizo UTArlington on campus gas well site because it is state property.
Is the city at least getting copies of these TCEQ inspections?
Will that information be on our city website?
I’d like to know what psi they are running their dehydrators at (which is a request I would have never dreamed of asking five years ago). It has taken me a year and a half working full time without pay to just begin to understand what questions I should be asking.
Also, I have not yet heard back from Carrizo to respond to my question of their alleged plan to have 100 more “stacked” wells to reach the on campus minerals. Please let me know about that too.
I called TCEQ to have them visit this UTA video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjIVpC8recQ…but that is not allowed. So I put the telephone to my internet speakers so Aaron/TCEQ could hear it and he said that they do not regulate “sound”. He went on to say that even if there is an emission, they could still be in compliance. If they do come out (within 12 hours of a complaint), that unless they smell something or are feeling sick ….nothing can be done. Luv our tax dollars at work!
TCEQ says that they weekly do a parameter visit (they only enter inside the site by scheduling an investigation) at the UTA/Carrizo site. I told them that they should do some weekend or evening visits in case they spew during TCEQ off hours.
If in a weekly visit, the TCEQ’s TVA equipment (Toxic Vapor Analyzers using the Flame Ionization Detector) detects VOC’s above five parts per million (or 5,000 ppb), then they use the more sensitive suma canisters that detects “what” chemicals (if it is on their screening list) is in the VOC’s. Then weeks later the suma results are listed at the parts per billion level.
I have notes from last year from inspector Kigun Hong that their TVA equipment cannot detect anything less than .5 ppm (which is 500 ppb).
Today, Aaron Houston from TCEQ referred to the industry manual and said detections (ex. for benzene) start at .2 ppm (which is 200 ppb).
Either way TCEQ’s “First Glance” equipment is NOT sensitive enough to detect long term Benzene Effect Screening Levels at 1.4ppb (FYI short term is 54 ppb).
TCEQ tells me the Barnett Shale is said to contain up to 1/2 of a percent of benzene, and the ERG study says our gas contains 2% HAPS (hazardous air pollutants).
Two percent of the lower detection limit (their TVA’s cannot see) on HAP’s could represent between 4 ppb and 10 ppb of HAP’s that are not being detected.
One half % of the lower detection limit on Benzene alone is missing readings between 1ppb – 2.5ppb which IS OVER OUR LONG TERM ESL starting at 1.4ppb.
Since we live long term near these sites, we could be getting long term exposures that the TCEQ is unaware of.
How is the city to address this gaping hole in public health protections?
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,