Barnett Shale 101 by White Lady City Council Rapper

Please friend me or join my face book Arlington TX Air Quality Odors Log or follow my blog at here is what I know…The UNconventional approach to extracting natural gas is horizontally drilling it from shale bedrock using explosions and enormous amounts of chemical laden water and sand. The old vertical drilling method tapped methane pockets and didn’t use as much water. The new “fracking” technique creates a huge footprint under the ground beneath us and likewise captures more gas which means more money “if” it is a monster producing well or “if” the gas is at $5 to $7 per mmcf (which it hasn’t been for a while now). It costs about $5 million to drill and frack a well. Today they drill many horizontal holes off of one vertical hole and pour cement casing (remember BP’s casing fiasco?) and then they detonate small holes in the casing so that the high pressure water they pump (with sand proppants and chemicals) can reach and fracture the shale bedrock to get the UNnatural gas.

They frack by hydraulically pumping 3-7 million of gallons of our precious water (per well) with silica sand mixed with around 25,000 gallons of toxic chemicals per frack job. These differing “frack fluid recipes” are secret and were protected under the Cheny/Bush administration in 2004 so that it is now exempt from Clean Water Act (the oil and gas industry is also exempt from the Clean Air Act too). This now toxic water mixes underground with radiation, arsenic and heavy metals to name a few. A lot of these fluids do NOT flow back up from the depths they drilled (about 8,000 feet here in the Barnett shale). The toxic fluids that are left down there mix with the “now pulverized rocks” and can migrate to our underground aquifers with the gases. The EPA has a case where a new well communicated with an older well that had casing leaks and reached a drinking water well. The steel casings you see the drilling companies advertising on TV commercials may not withstand earthquakes. What liquids that “do” come back up (daily now for the next 20-30 years) have to be trucked to injection wells (which also have casing “issues” and can foul groundwater). These injection well sites have been in the news lately because they are causing manmade shallow earthquakes.

The old vertical drilling method has damaged surface water too, and with the increase of this UNconventional shale drilling activity brings increases of human error surface spills, chemical fires, pipeline disasters, blowouts, and other emission events (now in urban areas).

This and more (social, health, property values, environmental, farming, fishing, hunting, “COSTS”) is happening in 32 states here in the US. Some towns are seeing a 300% increase in this activity. Ft Worth has 3,000 wells last I checked. Arlington has 70 pad sites with 2 to 22 wells on each pad-site…do the math times 3-7 million gallons of water per well (and each well can be fracked up to 10 times).

Please share this with your friends and start going to your city council meetings and speaking out against fracking too.
Signed the White lady Rapper at the City Council Meeting

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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2 Responses to Barnett Shale 101 by White Lady City Council Rapper

  1. The video rap was practiced and the impromptu face mask stunt speech was obviously not…I expected to be tossed out sooner by our mayor who is intolerant to things that he disagrees with.

  2. harriet irby says:

    water will flow whether its above or below ground. Frac water is badly polluted and is an unuseable substance for the maintenance of any sort of life.The drillers are messing with the one substance we have to have

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