Yesterday I attended a funeral of Mr Ed who had a hole in his lung and lived in the gas patch of Arlington TX-summer pneumonia? In the article below, Ft Worth is monitoring for health effects near drilling-what is Arlington/Pantego/Dalworthington Gardens and Grand Prairie doing?
Remember that the campus of UT Arlington has 22 gas wells and had a resident within 600 feet that sent TCEQ a letter from her doctor who says drilling nearby is to blame for her ill health.
Remember that Bailey Junior High was downwind from 5 wells that were fracked in January 2011. By March my son was diagnosed as asthmatic, by May one of the teachers (who also lives downwind from the Arlington compressor station) was needing a walking cane to get around (turned out to be Multiple Myeloma which is which is a cancer of plasma cells in the bone marrow-of which Ben Zene is one of the contributors of this disease)) and by June, a 34 year old Bailey, Special Ed teacher died from an aneurism (note Lisa Parr’s husband survived an aneurism-this family was ordered to evacuate by their physician once he connected the dots of the TCEQ air results the Ruggiero/neighbors had taken coincided with health effects/hospital and doctor visits).
I heard that the wife of a Pantego city official is in 4th stage leukemia? and my son’s girlfriend’s grandmother moved out of that area by Duff Elementary recently with leukemia…elderly ladies with leukemia? really?
Last Thursday the Dalworthington Gardens Compressor Station (Camp Thurman is across the street downwind) had health effects reported near there and may have exceeded the long and short term Benzene ESL and yesterday the same stuck valve had more releases that may have exceeded the long term ESL. The XTO Pappy Elkins site south of the DWG compressor station had 4 emission events in 2011 that I am aware of…in listening to the Arlington 911 tapes of April 11 storm, a resident complains about this not being the first time this drill site had an event and that the DWG staff is not responsive to their concerns.
I tried to speak to Joe Barton last night and while he listened, he makes broad statements that nobody is getting sick from drill sites.
We need H E L P from the local Health Departments to provide the public with analysis that shows the percentage to population of illnesses have NOT spiked since urban drilling. Illnesses such as brain lesions, unexplained skin rashes (like the resident on well water near the Fulson site), birth defects, leukemia’s, anemia’s, cancers, asthma, headaches, chronic fatigue, … show us that the mortality death rate has NOT spiked or that folks are NOT dying at a younger age. Show us the median expenditures families pay for healthcare has NOT gone up since drilling or has NOT gone up if you live closer to a drill site.
I’ve taken advanced statistics at UTA, I graduated Cum Laude…I’m no dummy to crunching numbers and what I’ve seen so far has alarmed me!
Possibly show us a map of drilling sites to illnesses. This map could resemble the Duke University study that shows higher methane amounts are being reported in water wells, and that the closer they are to drilling sites, the higher those methane amounts are.
Have a drilling moratorium until it can be proven that urban drilling is not affecting our air quality….we need assurances ….the burden should not be on the public to try to research this conclusion for themselves…we need dedicated professionals who have NO ties to the oil and gas industry and NO ties to city government that profits off of drilling to do this research and we need this three years ago!!
TEXLG. 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 or within 200 feet of a private residence.”
TexasAdministrative 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.
“…. In the meantime, the council asked the city (FT Worth) to monitor residential areas near drilling sites for possible effects on public health. That could lead to ordinance revisions. Stricter air monitoring and setback rules also could be considered, officials said.”