At least 9 Deaths Linked to Storage Tank Fumes / Arlington nonresponsive

May 2015 UPDATE>>>>


Federal researchers ID at least 9 VOC inhalation deaths at oil sites

Texas Sharon was copied on my follow up email to our council and remarked that its actually ten deaths that she knows of.

end update

UPDATE>>>>I’m so tired of asking our City Council & not getting any response! Here is the latest email from today that I sent them here on 5/21/2014 when I saw that NIOSH reported at least 4 deaths (three that I’ve blogged about) linked to flowback fumes. The fourth or maybe even the fifth is hinted at on the NIOSH comment…..

“May 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm ET – Safety Engineer
There was a fatality at a crude oil tank battery in Oklahoma, March 20. Suspiciously similar to these fatalities. OSHA still waiting for ME report.”

From: Me

To: cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.govrobert.cluck@arlingtontx.govtrey.yelverton@arlingtontx.govdon.jakeway@arlingtontx.govrobert.shepard@arlingtontx.govRobert Riverajimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.govcharlie.parker@arlingtontx.govmichael.glaspie@arlingtontx.govjimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.govsheri.capehart@arlingtontx.govkathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.govlana.wolff@arlingtontx.govBrett ShippSusan SchrockJoe Bruner
Today at 12:48 PM

Again I’ll say this….I hate it when I’m right…guys we need CLOSED, PRESSURIZED, VENTLESS FLOWBACK TANKS…we allow the drillers to indirectly vent the well to the atmosphere/neighborhoods/schools/churches/businesses by first redirecting the effulents to a pipe that goes to OPEN HATCH tanks…OSHA may be able to regulate and protect the workers with special respirators…but what about the fenceline people?

Who’s protecting them/us/my family? Certaininly not our lame gas drilling ordinance that is not well written to mandate and or enforce the use of Best Available Emission Control Technologies.

U N A C C E P T A B L E !

Please help the NCTCOG write this into their SIP for Ozone attainment (VOC’s contribute to OZONE)…the meeting is on June 16 10 am, but please submit this request to them in advance and also send this to TCEQ, the EPA and whomever can make this happen since you guys lack the balls to write it specifically in your ordinance, thanks.

Kim Feil


Our city planner, Jim Parajon, told me green completions were industry standard and so was not required in our gas drilling ordinance. This spot on channel 33 news last night,0,2307831.story  made it sound like if you have a pipeline already at a drill site, that a green completion can take place so that venting and flaring does not occur in our air-shed. But in that video, they showed the Arlington Fulson site at (Sublett and 360) venting flow-back emissions when it HAS a pipeline established at that site.  I know because that pipeline backed up pressure into the Fulson site last April and gassed the neighborhood when the compression station lost power after a storm (the same thing happened that night at an XTO site in Dalworthington Gardens too).

This “flow back” venting shown on TV last night also occurred on Christmas Eve at California St and Cooper St.     Per TCEQ, this flow-back liquid is “under pressure”. Some say that the white stuff is (radioactive?) sand flying around and while that is possible, then the silica dust in itself is a health hazard for (permanent) lung damage and skin disorders.

I believe that Chesapeake intends to do green completions, but that DFW Midstream does not want the initial “dirty gas” to go into their pipeline. I’m not sure where the flowback sand is supposed to go (surely not airborne?).
But if the city of Arlington would mandate green completions to restricted venting, then Chesapeake and DFW Midstream would have to “come to Jesus” and allow that dirty gas to go to the compressor station. As it stands, invisible hydrocarbons (hazardous air pollutants) of this flowback IS occurring. Venting methane (dirty or not) is a potent Green House Gas “and” worsens ozone in the summer.
But even if we “DID” restrict the flowback from going into open tanks, a $2,000 fine per day is a slap on the wrist.  Open tank venting flow back operations (and emissions from fracking) violate Texas Administrative Code, Title 30,  Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A, Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance  also, our ordinance provides for city officials to be able to shut down an operation that continues to be out of compliance especially if it presents a health risk to the public which it already has.  So as a home rule city, we have a valid case against our leaders NOT protecting the public.
Here is video for folks to understand the flow back process from the perspective of a south Texas flowback operation. A a few of the comments on this video cover topics from lying about your experience to get a job, smacking Mexicans with their weiners, to working 24 hour shifts.
I’m thankful for channel 33 standing up and covering these stories.,0,5969894.story
I’m also thankful that the New York Chapter of the American Lung Association has expressed severe concerns for public safety related to air pollution.
Lastly, Im thankful that the doctors, CDC and the EPA has helped finance a convention were doctors asked for a fracking moratorium (see my letter below) .
So you’ve read all of this and ask…”but Kim what can I do?” ……….Please get involved by asking (emailing) our city council to table all gas drilling agenda items until the EPA and NIOSH finish and publish their study results. The January 24th Arlington City Council public hearing will have at least three drilling agenda items (sign in by 6:30 pm at 101 W Abram). These permits should not be rushed through which forces drillers to drill when the price of natural gas is at a ten year low (which hurts royalty checks). The gas isn’t going anywhere, so time is on our side to make the right moves. Remember how long the cigarette industry was allowed for decades to deny public harm? We have the internet now and have no reason to “not” be informed.
Dear Arlington City Planner and Chesapeake, what ever happened to green completions and closed loop systems? Why aren’t they mandated in our new ordinance? Please explain what I am seeing here. Is this what I can expect for the Truman/Cowboy Stadium drill site?Are these flow back fluids NOT going through the separator because those holding tanks are not designed for fluids under higher pressure than produced water?TCEQ told me these fluids HAVE to be vented or else a geyser would occur. We were told this is water vapor. If so, then it should not be under pressure and should be able to go through the separator and to the covered storage tanks.What am I missing here? This looks exactly like the photos/video I took on Christmas Eve at California and Cooper during their flow back phase. clearly is NOT what urban drilling is suppose to look like. How can we co-exist near noxious, high pressure, explodable water having chemicals, radiation, arsenic, heavy metals etc. exposed to the residents, students and customers at these local businesses?
For those being blind copied here, here is my email from yesterday to council….Council, per a link, I am reporting to you about a recent health conference AND some information of the questionable future financial stability of Chesapeake so we can assist them with enacting a force majeure to preserve existing contracts that may not be re-offered if they expire. As a minerals owner and resident that will be near the operations in proximity, I am looking out for both sides the drill bit.A group funded by the CDC and the EPA called the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment in Washington helped sponsor the conference with Adam Law, an endocrinologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Mr Law was quoted regarding fracking “We’e got to push the pause button, and maybe we’ve got to push the stop button”. On January 9, 2012, Bloomberg reported that doctors said at this conference that “The U.S. should declare a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in populated areas until the health effects are better understood”.Paulson, who heads the group that sponsored the conference in part with Mr Law’s organization, Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy said it was “reasonable to ask for a moratorium on fracking pending more health research”.Jerome Paulson, a pediatrician at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington said “Gas producers should set up a foundation to finance studies on fracking and independent research is also needed”.Vikas Kapil, chief medical officer at National Center for Environmental Health, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at the conference “We don’t know the chemicals that are involved, really; we sort of generally know, we don’t have a great handle on the toxicology of fracking chemicals.”Christopher Portier, who is director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry said that hydraulic fracturing fluids can contain potentially hazardous chemical classes including petroleum distillates, volatile organic compounds, and glycol ethers; also the wells can contain salts and radiation.Chris Tucker, an industry spokesman for Energy In Depth, called the CDC’s participation in the conference “disappointing,” saying the conference is “a closed-door pep-rally against oil and natural gas development”, however industry representatives registered to attend the conference. The industry has been telling our Arlington City Council that hydraulic fracturing for gas has been occurring for 65 years in 30 states. Tucker reinstated this and said the industry had a “demonstrable history of safe operations”. But please understand the paramount differences in what Mr Tucker is referring to is not apples to apples.As a concerned Arlington resident, our council needs to remember that your grandpas traditional vertical wells using 2,000 psi were not water and chemically intensive and did not use detonation guns to fracture unconventional shale gas sources at 8-10,000 psi in the air shed of urban, highly populated areas.Based on your oath to protect the public’s health and safety and in the general $$ interest of mineral holders, please table every new gas well permit and SUP which gives the drillers force majeure and not be under a time table on these lease holds. This will buy all parties involved more time to study health effects and will allow lease holders to be able to receive higher royalty checks later on when the price of natural gas goes back up and therefore is more economical for all parties involved instead of allowing contracts to just expire. Case in point, my father-in-laws XTO lease expired on Avonhill in Arlington and a renewal contract was not re-offered.Plus I have concerns of Chesapeake’s newest round of class action lawsuit(s). * If they go bankrupt or have more margin calls, then I fear the tax payers will be maintaining these drill sites and paying trucking companies to daily evacuate the water from these wells.

*Order (40 KB) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK SAFRON CAPITAL CORPORATION, USDCSDNY DOCUMENT ELECTRONlCAtLY FILED D AXEretFT*._^’ 0 7 2009 Plaintiff, -v- No. 09 Civ. 1826(LTS) CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION et aL, Defendants. Order In this putative class action, Electrical Workers Pension Fund 103,1.B.E.W. moved to be appointed Lead Plaintiff on April 27, 2009. (Docket entry no. 17). Michael Deutsch also moved to be appointed Lead Plaintiff on April 27, 2009 (docket entry no. 21) and subsequently withdrew his motion on May 15, 2009 (docket entry no. 29). The Court appointed United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 – Retail Food Employers Pension Fund (“UFCW”) as Lead Plaintiff on May 28, 2009. (Docket entry no. 31.) Accordingly, docket entry numbers 17 and 21 have been resolved. SO ORDERED. Dated: New York, New York October 7, 2009 LAUWA TAYLOR SWAIN United States District Judge J0.07.09.WPD Version 10/7/09

Amended Complaint For Violations Of The Federal Securities Laws (0.93 MB)UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK x SAFRON CAPITAL CORPORATION, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff, vs. CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION, AUBREY K. MCCLENDON, MARCUS C. ROWLAND, MICHAEL A. JOHNSON, RICHARD K. DAVIDSON, FRANK A. KEATING, BREENE M. KERR, CHARLES T. MAXWELL, MERRILL A. MILLER, JR., DONALD L. NICKLES, FREDERICK B. WHITTEMORE, UBS INVESTMENT BANK, ABN AMRO, BANC OF AMERICA SECURITIES LLC and WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, Defendants. Civil Action No. 1:09-cv-01826-LTS CLASS ACTION AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATION OF THE FEDERAL SECURITIES LAWS DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL x Lead Plaintiff United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 – Retail Food Employers Pension Fund (“Lead Plaintiff or “Plaintiff), individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, makes the following allegations based upon Lead Plaintiffs individual and personal knowledge as to Lead Plaintiffs own acts, and the investigation undertaken by its undersigned co

Order Appointing The United Food And Commercial Workers Union Local 880 – Retail Food Employers Pension Fund As Lead Plaintiff And Approving Lead Plaintiff’s Selection Of Counsel (86 KB)X %u) flV, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COUR”L «^-.-—~ r “JU” SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK y^A fAVfOH SWAIN U.S.Oj._ SAFRON CAPITAL CORPORATION, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff, vs. CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION, et al., Defendants. Civil Action No. 1:09-cv-01826-LTS CLASS ACTION ORDER APPOINTING THE UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION LOCAL 880 – RETAIL FOOD EMPLOYERS PENSION FUND AS LEAD PLAINTIFF AND APPROVING LEAD PLAINTIFF’S SELECTION OF COUNSEL USDCSDNY DOCUMENT ELECTRONICALOT HLED r>QC #: DAFE FILED: J^LLUfflL Having considered the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 – Retail Food Employers Pension Fund’s Motion for Appointment as Lead Plaintiff and Approval of Lead Plaintiffs Selection of Counsel (the “Motion”), and good cause appearing therefor, the Court ORDERS as follows: 1. The Motion is GRANTED; 2. The Court, having considered the provisions of the Securities Actof 1933,15U.S.C. §77z-1(a)(3)(B),

Complaint For Violations Of The Federal Securities Laws (66 KB)UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK SAFRON CAPITAL CORPORATION, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff, vs. CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION, AUBREY K. MCCLENDON, MARCUS C. ROWLAND, MICHAEL A. JOHNSON, RICHARD K. DAVIDSON, FRANK A. KEATING, BREENE M. KERR, CHARLES T. MAXWELL, MERRILL A. MILLER, JR., DONALD L. NICKLES, FREDERICK B. WHITTEMORE, UBS INVESTMENT BANK, ABN AMRO, BANC OF AMERICA SECURITIES LLC and WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, Defendants. Civil Action No. CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATION OF THE FEDERAL SECURITIES LAWS DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL NATURE OF THIS ACTION 1. This is a securities class action against Chesapeake Energy Corporation (“Chesapeake” or the “Company”), its directors and its investment bankers (collectively, the “Defendants”) for violations of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”). Plaintiff brings this action on behalf of itself and all other purchasers of Chesapeake stock issued pursuant to the registrat

FYI water intensive refrack jobs have commenced on 2003 and 2004 wells and can cost as much as 25% of the total well cost.
“Where did the fluid go, what is the fracture geometry and stimulated area? Where is the proppant?” Check out the chart “Variability – Shale Plays
Large variability can occur over very short distances, many poor wells ”
Thank you for your consideration in tabling drilling activity on Jan 24’th public hearing so that force majeures can be enacted until economically feasible and assurance of public safety is addressed.


Kim Feil

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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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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