The above video is an unknown Arlington Citizen that calls this a sludge pit but it really was either a fresh water holding pond or it rained a whole lot? The sludge she refers to in the video “did” however get exposed to the airshed when they were drilling and the mud cuttings were stored in these open top tanks before they were finally hauled off. Kudos to her for getting this footage as this moat is now gone and a medical plaza is now in its place. This drill site is called the Rocking Horse Drill site by the airport in Arlington
…yep all next to a daycare….within 386 feet….of a daycare. Here is another video link of this site
UPDATE Nov 12 2014…US.practicallaw.com wrote…“Other aspects of well construction and hydraulic fracturing are largely exempt from the CWA. Water, gas and other material that are injected into a well to facilitate oil or gas production are not considered “pollutants” under the CWA if the activity is permitted by the state where the well is located (33 USC. § 1362(6)(B)). In addition, oil and gas operations are exempt from CWA storm water permitting requirements as long as the storm water runoff is kept separate from raw material and waste products at the well site (33 USC. § 1342(l)(2)).”
UPDATE June 2014 the drill site by home flooded? See pictures
Oct 2011 Below is a letter about the flooded Baron drillsite (the video above is yet another Arlington one that I found on youtube and is not the Fuslon site that also flooded recently). The short story below here
We need INDEPENDENT TESTING to look for drilling effluents in the stages that occurs over the life of the well. In this case (post fracking), we needed to be testing for fracking chemicals.
We cannot take the driller’s word for it that “all is good”, we cannot allow the RRC and EPA to continue to test for the wrong things. Knowing that my tax dollars are being wasted on old school, ineffective testing is also a hazard to public health. I’ve seen every entity from local to federal test for the wrong things and they give the green light to release flood waters into our environment.
We need to know all the chemicals in fracking so we know what we need to be testing for and SOMEONE has to pony up with the $$ for lab testing. … Tomorrow Fund?
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:05 PM
Subject: Arlington flooded drillsite/fracking class C offense?/Philly suing DRBC & banned fracking
Flooded “Barron” drill site reported to me yesterday at 5pm. A different resident said this is not the first time that site has been underwater.
There is a creek nearby, the address of this padsite is 4011 W Division St Arlington TX.
National Response center report # 992519
Arlington Public Works dept. is water testing it. (never got back with me)
RRC -Kilgore is investigating (main switchboard didn’t answer the phone),
“Ask Chesapeake” phone line didn’t answer…there is no “Barron” site in their Arlington listings on their website.
Chesapeake East Tarrant Field Office did not know why this site is not on the internet list. (update has since been added)
Dallas EPA will test too- once they get a vehicle-maybe tomorrow? (update.. slightly higher chlorides on and off the padsite -EPA told me they cannot afford lab tests for fracking chemicals)
Arlington City Planner is aware and looking into this, (other “TWO” gas well coordinators not avail to give me site address-city website not transparent or user friendly to ascertain well site info/address or wellsite status).
Rod Weatherby of Chesapeake mentioned about the “relatively dry” status, but that they are going to have this site’s elevation changed cause the “grading was not working”. He told me that two wells had been recently “stage 1 fracked competed” and that fracking was shut down Monday (maybe Tuesday) and that they shut down the wells with frac trees and no flow back has occurred yet. He said the one producing well on that site was shut in 3 weeks ago.
He said that once they perform a check list …example “no sheen”, they will fill out a form before allowing the standing “rain?” water to be released into the environment.
Initially, he told me that they fracked just using plain water and sand, but when I asked him about “WHO” fracked the two wells (Schlumberger or Halliburton), he didn’t know. I told him the reason I asked is that Halliburton discloses on frac check dot com that they use methanol and naphthalene (both highly reactive to each other) among other things. It was then that he did come clean and admit that they do use additives, biocides, friction reducers and something to remove the oxygen in the fracking fluids.
WE NEED INDEPENDENT TESTING OF WHAT WE NEED TO BE LOOKING FOR!… In this case, we need to be testing for fracking chemicals, not salinity or turbidity, chlorides, ammonia etc..
We cannot find what we don’t want to $$pay to look for!
We cannot take the driller’s word for it that all is good, we cannot allow the RRC and EPA to test for the wrong things!
We need to know all the chemicals in fracking so we know what we need to be testing for!!!!
Yesterday TCEQ informed me that University of Texas Arlington drill site has added small lift compressors to their site cause the older gas wells need production boosting. NO city inspections are to be performed on this state own site. I videoed an emission event there http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjIVpC8recQ …how many occur that I don’t catch?
What has been the stinky smell all over Arlington after that rain storm???? It was reported in south east, south central and in north central Arlington! I have a Facebook called “Arlington TX Air Quality Odors Log” in case anybody wants to join.
and for my favorite story of the day…
Philadelphia City Council unanimously passes resolution to sue DRBC, demand impact studies, forbid fracking for now
“Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, who testified at Council today, was delighted with the vote. “Shale gas drilling is a public health disaster in the making,” he warned.Dr. Walter Tsou, President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, past president of the American Public Health Association and former health commissioner of Philadelphia, also testified. “As a public health physician, I have grave concerns about public health and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region,” he said. “A cursory list of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing includes known carcinogens like diethyl enzene, ethyl benzene, formaldehyde, petroleum distillate (paint remover) and ehtylene glycol, otherwise known as antifreeze. Add to that methane [migration into groundwater] and flowback [drilling wastewater] contaminated with radioactive isotopes…. Politicians have explicitly avoided the public health question because if they were really confronted with it, they would stop hydraulic fracturing… Cement casing failure rate is about 12% immediately, 50% within 30 years, and 100% within 100 years, according to Professor Anthony Ingraffea, fracturing mechanics expert at Cornell University. The current rate of environmental violations at Marcellus Shale drilling sites, including spills of industrial liquids such as frack fluid, is eleven violations as day.In 2009, seventeen cows died bellowing in agony within an hour after drinking fracking fluid which spilled from a valve left open. That fluid, according to Chesapeake Energy, which was responsible for the incident, was 99% water and only 1% fracking fluid.Farmers in Pennsylvania have reported many deaths of cattle which they believe was caused by fracking contaminants in water, as well as stillborn calves, puppies, goats, and other animals linked to exposure to gas drilling contaminants. Fracking fluid impacts the respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems of humans and animals, according to research by The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.Fifty-nine scientists released a letter September 15th stating that “flowback,” the wastewater which comes back up during and after fracking for methane gas, cannot be filtered by municipal water treatment systems.”