Formaldehyde needs further testing says experts, how you can help…

—– Original Message —–

From: Kim Feil
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2011 1:05 PM
Subject: help call or email for Formaldehyde test from TCEQ Austin
I am asking each one of you blind copied here to email or call Mr Richard Chism (interim director of the state TCEQ, 512/239-0539,,
and point out that the ERG study shows (see last paragraph in below email) a need for more Formaldehyde air studying.  Let’s request our tax dollars be used to further investigate.  It is already a shame that our local water departments do not screen for this and it could be in our drinking water too.  Think about the cemeteries that flood for starters. Then think about all the vehicles (LNG too) combustion emissions relating to all the drilling going on contributing to formaldehyde levels we breathe. But most importantly, the added drilling and compression station sites adding formaldehyde to our airshed is the tipping point of why I have gotten involved in this and also as my own personal health is now being affected.
Please help me take public protections in our own hands as our local leadership has failed us thus far.
If each one of us sends on this request for the TCEQ Austin Mobile Monitoring Van to come test in the DFW Metroplex, then this can get moved up in priority.
TEX LG. 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..”
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,
or property.
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—– Original Message —–

Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: Formaldehyde scares me to blindness & cell death-request mobile monitoring van from Austin TCEQ
Ms. Feil,
Thank you for sharing your concerns over formaldehyde within the Barnett Shale area.  We will take your request into consideration in planning any future monitoring activities in the area.
Cory Chism
Interim Director
Field Operations Support Division

>>> “Kim Feil” <> 9/22/2011 11:26 PM >>>

Dear Mr Chism I am requesting formaldehyde testing.
True story….I met a man who works for XTO/Exxon at a party a few months ago.  He went to great lengths to tout their priority on safety.
I was quizzing him that if Methane is odorless, then what was that foul odor Jane Lynn was smelling that night her gas well spewed on April 11, 2011?
He told me that his job is to add 1 pint of this expensive corrosion inhibitor every 3,000 hours to keep the microbes from chewing into the pipes. His wife commented that over the years she’s had to put up with how funky his clothes smelled when he came home from work. Then she mentioned something about Ethanol poisoning being the “worst” and decided not to elaborate. Then later on in the conversation, she mentioned (when we were talking about our teenagers) how her daughter has had to overcome these extreme headaches from a (benign) brain tumor/lesion. “……methanol (wood alcohol),
the human body quickly turns into formaldehyde via the ADH enzyme, concentrated in
many tissues: liver, kidney, brain, retina, skin, prostate, breast, womb,
muscle — forming cumulative micro lesions and a wide variety of symptoms.”  Haliburton disclosed that they use Methanol for their corrosion inhibitorin their frack fluids.

If drillers allow Methanol to make contact with sunlight, oxidation occurs and makes Formaldehyde (which is highly reactive to Napthalene also on Haliburton’s disclosure fracking chemical list).

Methanol certainly qualifies as an exceptionally toxic substance, even at extremely low doses (Bennett 1953, Posner 1975, Roe 1982)….Liesivuori later points out that formic acid may accumulate in the brain, kidneys, spinal fluid, and other organs because of the slow excretion from the body (Liesivuori 1991).  Such an accumulation could have very serious, long-term health consequences.  Even if there is no accumulation, however, the damage from regular exposure to methanol metabolites such as formaldehyde can be cumulative.”
Metabolizing Methanol increases Formic Acid* in our urine. 
    * “Exposure to either methanol or formic acid leads
     to accumulation of acid in the body………. the final
     consequence is cell death.” 

     Liesivuori, Jyrki, Heikki Savolainen, 1991. “Methanol and
     Formic Acid Toxicity: Biochemical Mechanisms,”
     Pharmacology & Toxicology, Volume 69, page 157-163.
Formic Acid may also be toxic to kidneys. 
“As a clear, colourless, volatile liquid with a weak odour, methanol is difficult to differentiate from other forms of alcohols such as ethanol.4,5 Methanol is rapidly absorbed not only after oral ingestion but by inhalation or after cutaneous exposure and becomes oxidised in the liver to formaldehyde and to formic acid, metabolites which are more toxic than methanol itself and which inhibit mitochondrial ATP production. Methanol poisoning can be life threatening and blinding. Early ocular symptoms and signs include photophobia, blurred vision, and painful eye movements as well as sluggish pupil reactions, reduced visual acuity, and optic disc oedema with tortuous retinal vessels.”   Another true story…three of my friends advocating clean air are having eye problems AND live in the Barnett Shale airshed. “It is important to note that in Brazil, ambient formaldehyde concentrations have increased fourfold over the past few years, following the expansion of the fleet of vehicles using compressed natural gas.”  
Since TCEQ doesn’t screen for Formaldehyde and the $1 million ERG Ft Worth Air Study did not include other chemical reactions in the air from well pads and compressors and concluded on page 5-51…”The modeling (from lift engines or line engines) also indicated that sites containing multiple, large line engines can emit acrolein and formaldehyde at levels that would cause offsite ambient air concentrations to exceed TCEQ’s short-term and long-term screening levels over various distances.” AND since yesterday I was prescribed a bamboo charcoal to detox my liver and gallbladder from Formaldehyde, I feel extremely justified in asking Mr Chism of the TCEQ in Austin to provide the real time mobile monitoring van to do acrolein and formaldehyde testing around Arlington, Grand Praire and Ft Worth.
Kim Feil

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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