The (honorable?) Doctor Mayor Cluck was “angry” on his interview weeks after Chesapeake trucked Arlington drinking water to frack in Grand Prairie (who was on water restrictions) http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/09/07/arlington-water-used-for-fracking-in-grand-prairie/ He’s known about this since last month’s city council meeting on August 16th. How dare him act like he just found this out on this interview with channel 11!
In my opinion, he was only angry cause the city got caught (by a resident) allowing this!!! How bout fire the employee that knew about this, yet informed a resident questioning this like it was “business as usual”?
At the special budget public hearing on 9/8/2011, I was interrupted by Mayor Cluck and was refused to have my time reinstated that he wasted trying to outline the content of what I should be speaking about (which is the bulk of this blog here)….
1) Instead of having a moratorium on fracking, it will more affordable for drillers to purchase reclaimed water at $2.50 per 1,000 gallons so the drillers stop buying our drinking water. But pumping highly treated reclaimed water mixed with unknown frack chemicals to disturb NORM, arsenic, lead, heavy metals & brine down there and then flow back all these toxins up to mix with BTEX/hydrocarbons from fossil fuels has unknown chemical properties and unknown cancer latency effects on life and our environment. Because this toxic mix will never be returned to the water shed (hope not), water destined to be used only once must be priced accordingly at a premium.
2) I told council that on page 378 of the proposed budget, the General Gas Fund has a Pipeline Administration acct that should not be terminated. Instead, continue evaluating extending reclaimed water into the Entertainment District to flush the Jerry Jones toilets and so that the drillers can access it for fracking the GM gas wells and in south Arlington too. The city should budget to build a series of pipelines to the other side of town for this reclaimed water to be accessed so the diesel trucks don’t have to go to north Arlington which will worsen the benzene in our airshed from existing traffic and drill sites. The gas isn’t going anywhere, we need to wait and do this right! 212 Resources, a Utah based water recycling company, said “There is a fresh water zone of drilling usually to about 4,000 ft where the driller must use fresh water to drill through the aquifer so it is not contaminated.” Reclaimed water should only be used for fracking and should NOT be used during drilling.
3) We have only two gas well coordinators when drilling revenues are $8.3 million. We need more city staff available 24/7. After expenditures (like historical markers), the gas fund accts have over one and a half million dollars left. To be protective of public health, please purchase infrared thermal imaging cameras (FLIR) to detect invisible hydrocarbons at our urban drill sites.
4) Our firemen also need to be equipped with air testing equipment to the parts per billion, not parts per million. I have been requesting for council to budget these “Gov Perry approved Detecto Spectrometers” for at least three years now.
5) Budget BTEX blood and urine tests for the gas well coordinators and first responders that get exposed to drill site emissions and make the results public information.
6) Hire city guards for these drill sites for a quicker response if a well needs to be shut in. Drill sites need to be protected from terriorists and mentally ill citizens.
7) Do not eliminate the Emergency Mgmt. Planner’s position. Between the stadiums and the drill sites and our ever changing weather patterns, this job is of utmost importance.
Since my buzzer went off and the mayor took the time from me in the beginning, I was not able to ask council about……
8) Budgeting for our drinking water needs to be tested more frequently for drilling effluents. For example, the federal requirement to test for barium is every 9 years and we haven’t tested for this since 2002, yet we’ve been drilling and drinking this water for years now and we had a Lake Arlington drilling spill July of 2010. Currently we are no better than the drillers taking short cuts and only meeting the minimal requirements to be in compliance.
I guess I have to look into an ethics violation on the mayor for his continual thwarting of my right to Freedom of Speech.
Below is some recent news stories.
OK, so here come the second tier drillers in our “dry gas-not economic enough” Barnett Shale? http://www.ogj.com/articles/2011/08/encana-to-divest-barnett-shale-properties.html?cmpid=EnlEDAugust252011
“Encana Corp.’s US subsidiary will divest its Fort Worth basin Barnett shale producing and midstream assets by early 2012. “……..and include processing and pipeline facilities on 52,000 net acres in the basin. The company has begun to position itself to take more advantage of higher-value liquids plays …”
Thousands Protest Outside Shale Drilling Conference In Philadelphia
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/05/MNPQ1KVJNN.D\ TL
“… significant safety incidents involving gas transmission lines increased more than 50 percent, from 286 to 442, since the federal government started overseeing pipeline inspections under a new law eight years ago, compared with the previous eight years. Injuries rose by two-thirds, from 61 to 102. The 10 deaths from gas-line accidents in 2010 were the second-largest number for any year in the past two decades.”The graph is actually going up,” Weimer said. Overall, more than three-fourths of the draft “Report to America” is dedicated to explaining how well the nation’s pipeline grid works – why pipelines are important to consumers, why they are safe, the costliness of safety upgrades, and the difficulty of persuading state regulators to approve rate increases to pay for safety measures.”
…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Jane /Arlington 4:47pm Sep 5 Called TCEQ today. At the corner of Arbrook/NY by a gas well site, the air smelled like dirty gym socks that have been laying at the bottom of a hamper. A little further down the road, an overpowering smell like lighter fluid filled the air. My head is hurting now.
Pg 2 “For crude oil and natural gas wastes, EPA sampled liquids and sludges from several locations. Drilling fluids were sampled at drilling operations while produced water and tank bottoms were sampled at production operations. Samples from central treatment and disposal facilities and central pits contained mixtures of all wastes including associated wastes. The Agency found that organic pollutants at levels of potential concern (levels that exceed 100 times EPA’s health-based standards) included the hydrocarbons benzene and phenanthrene. Inorganic constituents at levels of potential concern included lead, arsenic, barium, antimony, fluoride, and uranium.”
Pg5″… the study found that wastes from crude oil and natural gas operations have endangered human health and caused environmental damage when managed in violation of State and Federal requirements. In some instances damage occurred where wastes are managed in accordance with currently applicable State and Federal requirements. The major categories of wastes responsible for damages include reserve pit wastes, fracturing and acidizing fluids, stimulation chemicals, waste crude oil, produced water, and other miscellaneous wastes generated by the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas. ….. Potential contamination of aquatic and bird life in estuaries and bays by metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons resulting from the discharge of drilling fluids and produced waters;…”
pg 7 “Once a fresh water aquifer is damaged, in most instances it is economically impossible to restore that aquifer to its original condition in any meaningful time period. Damages awarded for such contamination can therefore be substantial.”
Pg10 “If groundwater has been contaminated by produced water ………….. Otherwise the landowner usually must wait for nature to clean up the problem, a process that generally takes hundreds of years.”
pg 22 -26 H2s areas http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/servlet/onepetropreview?id=00006653&soc=SPE Statewide Rule 36 remained in effect with no apparent problems until Feb. 1, 1975, when an undetected escape of gas containing hydrogen sulfide near Denver City, Tex., resulted in the deaths of nine area residents.
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Flubbockonline.com%2Flocal-news%2F2010-09-15%2Fdenver-city-remembers-h2s-tragedy&h=mAQCtVFuWAQBT-5Im70YiDgCjUa_qYZxEgHLLID7Tqr9fpQ Since east Texas has hydrogen sulfide in the smackover formation and there are wildfires there, this could be a calamity in the making. Henderson county natural gas processing plant.
http://ar2009.enbridgepartners.com/nat-gas-other.aspx removes H2s. pg 23, Pinnacle estimates the hydrogen sulfide concentration of the gas entering the plant to be 5,000 ppm.
http://ticc.tamu.edu/Response/FireActivity/ shows Henderson having wildfires near them.