UPDATE click here for the Newest UTA video on gas wells
There are the UTA invisible VOC’s that only an infrared camera can see.
I live in Arlington TX and am downwind from the 22 gas wells on campus at UTA. All is NOT well there. First of all during production, a resident living within 600 feet had her carbon monoxide detector keep going off and she doesn’t have gas hooked up to her home. Then her doctor sent TCEQ a letter stating a medical opinion that the lady’s illnesses were a direct relationship to all the hydrocarbon activity nearby.
There was a fluid spill and produced water? was rushing across the street into Johnson Creek a couple of years ago. Days after, the EPA came out and took this video … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
Then I have emails where the driller Carrizo is not responding to my questions about the site.
Then there was the time during an ice event in Feb of 2009 when my son was outside playing in the snow. I believe a cooling inversion pushed down the pollution to him. Hours later my son’s eyes were dilated, he was lethargic, had headaches, nausea, dizziness and this lasted for ten days. His doctor said he was exposed to something, but because I did not know to get him BTEX tested, we’ll never know. And one day if he gets cancer or leukemia, I’ll always wonder if that event or the long-term living downwind from 22 urban gas wells sickened him.
I myself am having health effects. I am under the care of Dr Lewis Cone, a nutritionist who is prescribing me detoxing suppliments for my achy joints. Years ago when the first wells were in production, I kept grinding my teeth and clenching my jar and feeling nervous and like I had to run around the block.
Just months ago, my right eye finally stopped twitching and this lasted about six months.
One time my son and I both had shoulder muscle twitching at the same time. Now my husband is complaining of an achy shoulder.
A few months ago I drove by and recorded an emission event there… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
These wells are now aging and TCEQ told me that a lift compressor was added to help with the production. Compressors =formaldehyde in our air shed. A few days ago, I took a UTA “well work over” video where this white stuff was wafting over to the UTA dorm just south of the site. Since TCEQ doesn’t test for chemicals used in a well rework, I admitted to them that they would come out and test and what they test for would not show exceedances. The last time I called them back in August, they came out to a different site in Dalworthington Gardens (across from Camp Thurman). Their inspector took a Toxic Vapor Analyzer reading of 122,900 ppb, YET the suma tests came back as no violations. TCEQ doesn’t test for carbon disulfide, formaldehyde, the amines, & METHANE to name a few. We will never know what sickened the TCEQ rep and interestingly enough, he no longer works there. He was one of the best investigators they had is what an independent environmental testing company spokesperson, Dr Alisa Rich told me. I think he was smart enough to get the frack away from a future of continued exposures.
The city water departments in the DFW area likewise have not changed what they screen for since they have allowed urban drilling. It is a shame to drill and NOT test for drilling effluents in the air, soil or water.
By design, apathy, or stupidity, our local and state government avoids detection of effluents that should be fixed, but the industry and the political system doesn’t want to know if there are issues. Folks wonder why there is so much distrust. What will only worsen is the accounts of illnesses (wow check out folks near Lake Arlington-leukemia cluster?). I personally know of people whose chickens, cats, dogs and goats that have died who are near drilling. Please visit the youtube video entitled “Fracking: The Dirty Truth in North Dakota” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
For all the parents that pay good $ to send their students to UTA, do you really want to go there? Is it worth the risk?