UT Arlington has 22 on-campus gas wells – the story so far

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?

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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