Wilfong Cattle Kill near Mineral Wells TX June 2010/ Caddo Parish dead cows fracking link

First we heard about the Caddo parish LA dead cows where Schlumberger and Chesapeake were fined. 

About 6 months later I recall hearing on KRLD about the Mineral Wells cattle deaths…this is what I could find on this….

Here’s the collection of reports from Mineral Wells Texas …..

And then a follow up story here….


June 22, 2012

Dead cattle spur lawsuit

Family claims drilling company’s operations contaminated herd’s water source

Mineral Wells Index

By LIBBY CLUETT |lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

PALO PINTO – Almost two years after 17 of his son’s bucking-bred cattle died in a pasture, Mike Wilfong filed suit in Palo Pinto County’s 29th Judicial District Court against Wichita Falls-based Peba Oil and Gas Company.

The petition for Wilfong and his minor son, Jake, demands a jury trial for specified damages – the cattle deaths, placed at $75,000 – and unspecified damages for loss of use and diminished value of Wilfong’s property.

“On or around June 1, 2010, Peba Oil and Gas Company and/or other defendants unknown caused to be discharged from a well site in Palo Pinto County … certain toxic chemicals and/or drilling fluids,” the suit claims.


June 30, 2010

Arsenic in dead cattle’s water

TCEQ says amounts of arsenic, barium and chloride within limits

By Libby Cluett

PALO PINTO COUNTY — What killed 11-year-old Jake Wilfong’s bucking bull breeding cows is still a mystery. But the young breeder’s parents said they have been told of the presence of three compounds –  barium, chloride and arsenic – in the fresh water supply.

In what concentrations those compounds were present is unknown, at least to the Wilfongs.

“We are not sure what levels because of course no one can tell us how it got there,” said Jodie Wilfong, Jake’s mother.

On June 21, a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokesperson informed the Index that the commission checked “for a number of things, including volatile organic compounds, herbicides, pesticides, RCRA 8 Metals, chlorides and nitrates. Preliminary results, received on June 4, didn’t show anything out of the ordinary.”

The TCEQ spokesperson added, “Soil samples indicated nothing out of the ordinary. Our portion of the investigation is considered closed, based on the soil and water test results.”

Three weeks earlier, a friend of the Wilfongs discovered Jake’s momma cows dead in a pasture on their property off Farm-to-Market Road 919 in western Palo Pinto County. He lost a total of 17 from his herd – 16 cows and a calf – and watched as the last one struggled and seized before dying.

Mike Wilfong took his son’s last dead cow’s carcass right away to the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratories at Texas A&M University.

“A&M has closed the case,” he said. “They said the cow died of pulmonary edema with no cause. Something had to have caused it.”

Wilfong said one theory his veterinarian suggested was that the cattle sipped water during the cooler months, but when it turned hot, their water intake increased, which possibly increased the quantity of toxins they ingested. He said it’s possible the toxins could have collected in the tank, but settled into the mud. These could have stirred to the surface during the period of heavy rains and flooding in mid-May, when he and neighbors reported receiving 8-10 inches of rain over about a three-hour period.

In addition to the cattle deaths, Jodie Wilfong told the Index last week that they have noticed a number of cedar and mesquite trees dying along a draw bisecting their 320 acres.

Their neighbor to the south confirmed with the Index that trees on her property in the same draw were dying as well.

Mike Wilfong said state officials told him a pool on this neighbor’s property had even higher levels of the same toxins than found in his cows’ water source.

He said the TCEQ report indicated barium and chloride “but they kept saying it’s within the legal limits of Texas.”

“I never could get [a TCEQ representative] to tell me what’s in the water,” he said, adding that someone with the Texas Animal Health Commission “had to pry [the information] out and put enough pressure on them to admit to barium and chloride.”

“It’s just really aggravating because you have to pressure them,” he said of the TCEQ’s involvement in the cattle deaths.

The report of arsenic did not come directly to Wilfong, but came later via his veterinarian. According to Wilfong, the commission representative told his veterinarian the arsenic had to have come from a spill and he didn’t know how the property owners didn’t see the spill.

Wilfong said there is no known arsenic spill on his or his neighbor’s property.

In addition, Jodie Wilfong said they had their well water tested.

“It smelled so bad,” she said of the water that came from a 3-year-old well on their property, which she estimated to be about 150 feet deep. She added that this water also fizzed after sitting in a jar for a while.

The Wilfongs expect test reports from a private lab soon, but the report of barium, chloride and arsenic came from water samples tested by the TCEQ.

Staff writer Libby Cluett can be reached at (940) 325-4465, ext. 3422, or lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com.



Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 22, 2010

Few answers in cattle deaths

By Libby Cluett

PALO PINTO COUNTY — PALO PINTO COUNTY – When the Wilfongs found most of their son’s herd of bucking momma cows dead on their Palo Pinto County pastureland on June 1, there were many questions. Today, there are still no definitive answers, yet Jody Wilfong says there is an eerie feeling on the land.

Wilfong, the mother of 11-year-old cattle owner Jake Wilfong, said they removed the remaining living cattle – 13 nursing calves, five cows and one bull –­ off the property to their Huckabay home. She said Jake has spent the month of June assuming the duties of feeding the babies and making sure they nurse off a nurse cow.

Jody Wilfong said that since her son’s 16 cows and one nursing calf were found dead, the property, located on Dodson Prairie on Farm-to-Market Road 919, just south of U.S. 180 and between the towns of Palo Pinto and Gordon, hasn’t seemed the same.

“We took everything off the place and there are not a lot of wildlife moving [there],” she said.

Typically birds and mammals roam their 320-acre property – land which has been in her husband’s family for close to 150 years. Now, as they drive through the pasture, birds don’t fly up like they typically have in years past.

“Some trees are dead and still dying, and the broad-leaf plants, too,” she added. “For the last 15-20 years, we have tried to kill out some of [but now] the mesquite trees and cedar trees in the draw are dead.”

“Buzzards did not touch these cows,” she said. “There was even a dead buzzard found.

“The only cows that have ever died on this place, they died of old age. We’ve never lost healthy cows up there. It was always a safe haven when our cows needed a little extra care,” she said of the lush grassy acreage and fresh-water tank.

A friend called the Wilfongs with the news that he found several dead cows in a pasture on June 1. Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer informed news media of the large number of dead cattle. The Texas Agrilife Extension Agent Scott Mauney and Millsap veterinarian Craig Sweatt responded. Sweatt arrived minutes after a cow died of seizures and had Mike Wilfong take his son’s dead animal, “in full contact,” to the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratories at Texas A&M University so they would have plenty of samples for a necropsy.

Sweatt said the grass was too good to be an issue to account for the “acute death” of 15 cattle (the count at the time). He said he did not think the cause of death was malicious poisoning, but added that he wouldn’t rule out the theory of toxins coming into the water source via a heavy downpour, since one was reported two weeks prior to the cattle deaths.

The Wilfongs and their neighbors said the Dodson Prairie area was hit with a downpour in May. According to neighbor Joe Maddux, that specific area had “over 8 inches of rain in three-and-a-half hours – our 8-inch rain gauge ran over, so it could have been more.”

During a drive through the property on June 1, the long grass appeared uniformly bent over to one side, as if pushed over by water.

“Eight to 10 inches [of rain in a few hours]; it’s going to create things that haven’t happened, [like] contaminants in a water source,” Sweatt speculated as a possible cause. He also said a blue-green algae bloom in a stock pond could cause the death of cattle; however, tests later ruled this out as a cause of death, according to Mike Wilfong.

In the days following the discovery of the dead cattle, Jody Wilfong said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality took samples.

According to TCEQ media spokesperson Lisa Wheeler, investigators conducted an on-site investigation with water sampling after receiving a call from the Texas Animal Health Commission on June 1 regarding the death of several head of cattle.

“The following day our investigators went to the scene and collected water samples from one of the ponds. We were checking for a number of things, including volatile organic compounds, herbicides, pesticides, RCRA 8 Metals, chlorides and nitrates,” she stated from the TCEQ report.

“On June 3 we returned to the scene, to look for any discharges from some oil wells located about a half mile to the south and southwest of the ponds. We also collected soil samples from the ranch,” she stated from the TCEQ report. “Soil samples indicated nothing out of the ordinary.

“Our portion of the investigation is considered closed, based on the soil and water test results,” Wheeler told the Index.

Dr. Max Dow of the TAHC said they became aware of the “demise of cattle through a phone call from a federal veterinarian.” However, he explained that a local veterinarian, Dr. Duane Hutchins, of Stephenville, is overseeing the necropsy reports and tests.

“When that happens, we’re typically out of loop,” he said. “This has become a matter between vet and client. We’re mainly involved with disease and incursion of diseases in the state.”

“We’ve not been able to get any definitive answers,” noted Mercer. “What they’ve told us is they don’t feel like it’s malicious or that it’s something that’s going to be a future danger to the community.”

He said that so far they have run tests and have ruled out “what it’s not.”

Mercer added that agencies like TCEQ do not appear “concerned that it’s an environmental issue and [it could be] a naturally occurring event.”

“With all that in mind, we’re still looking forward to finding any results,” he said, “We haven’t quit looking into it. The more testing they do, the more it costs.”

He said when a well fractured and blew up several years ago in the same region of the county, “they found that that area has real lose substrata – it’s got a lot of cracks in it and it’s not as stable [as other areas]. That’s the reason they thought that blew out.

“It is a quiet eerie feeling,” Jody Wilfong said of their land since finding Jake’s cattle dead. “Our concern is how long to we keep livestock off of this place. How long is it a threat? We have 320 acres that right now we’ve lost.”

She said TCEQ saw the dead trees in the draw, “said they they found levels of barium and chloride in the stock tank water,” which serves as the drinking source for the livestock. “They just weren’t that interested.”

“Some of the trees that were not already dead [prior to June 1] are starting to turn brown now,” noted Mike Wilfong. “Something is going on up there.

“TCEQ was a joke, only the trainee was gung-ho and ready to go,” he said. “As far as their investigation, they didn’t know which way to go. They were looking at this book and did not look like they knew what they were doing.

“They sure didn’t want to show up, but the pressure was on them to show up,” he said, adding that a friend contacted “the head of homeland security TCEQ. If he hadn’t contacted the [TCEQ] head of homeland security, we still wouldn’t have any report out from TCEQ.”

Wilfong said a TCEQ representative called him and “seemed more worried about what we were going to do with the dead animals.”

But the Wilfongs were concerned about the living cattle.

“If you get yourself out of your three-piece suit and come out in the country where real people work … ,” Wilfong said he recalls telling the TCEQ representative who called him again the morning of June 2. “I was hot, I was mad and we couldn’t find a helicopter to pen the cattle.”

“Jake was out there everyday looking for his cows and trying to save them and the calves,” said Jody Wilfong. “He has battled asthma all of his life, and he was in the trees, and Lord only knows what and struggled with his asthma.”

Mike Wilfong said they found “a nice lady from Lake Palo Pinto” with a helicopter who helped them round up the cattle in 45 minutes.

He added that one of the experts was “a solid waste guy – a trash dumping expert – to do the investigation. They really didn’t want to come out there unless we found a trash dump. He called the Texas Railroad Commission and “they weren’t too concerned. He told me they had no reports of anything wrong in this area and I had no wells within a mile-and-a-half of me, and that’s not true.”

“We were told to get in touch with the Railroad Commission,” Jody Willfong said, but added, “When you mention the possibility of it having something to do with the oil wells, everyone shuts down.”

She said the trainee pointed out some areas for sampling, which were ignored by the other investigators. However, she said they took samples from those areas to a private laboratory, but do not have the results back.

Mike Wilfong said they have sent some of the soil, water and even necropsy specimens to a private lab in South Dakota. He said so far the veterinarian’s reports indicate the cattle did not die from nitrate poisoning, toxic plants or algae. He said, “The pH level in the rumen was a little high. But if you had clover poisoning it would be low, [also] chromium and sodium were within limits. We’re waiting on sodium chromates and several more tests.”

“It’s hard when you have to get attention,” said Jody Wilfong. But she said she has seen her son struggle through the death of his bucking bull breeding herd, which he built over the past five years. “He has had a real hard time this summer. We just want somebody to get him some help and give us some answers.”

She added that she is pleased with the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department for following up. “They are the only ones [along with] the Texas Animal Health Commission,” who seemed to help, she said.

Mike Wilfong said there have been some positive outcomes. His son is working harder than ever before and people from the bucking bull industry “have sent offers to help out Jake – straws of semen and free heifers. You just couldn’t imagine.”



By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010

“The Palo Pinto Sheriff’s Department is looking into the suspicious deaths of 15 cows that belonged to 11-year-old Jake Wilfong.

Jake,  who had been growing his herd for the last five years, was devastated to learn that three-fourths of his herd had died, seemingly overnight.

The Wilfong’s had been out to the family’s ranch just last week to check on the herd, who were all doing fine with plenty of food and water available.

A family friend who was visiting the land on Tuesday found the dead cattle and notified the family.

When the Wilfongs arrived, they said one of the cows was suffering through its final minutes of life. “She kind of looked like she was having seizures, on her side, kicking, flailing, moaning, it was a hard thing to watch — especially thinking all 14 or 15 of them had done that before they died,” said Jodie Wilfong, Jake’s mother.

Sheriff Ira Mercer said the cows were found on a piece of land near a water source. Investigators do not yet know how the cows died, but the water will be tested for poisons since the animals were found nearby.

The family said they had no idea what could have happened to the boy’s herd, but are trying to rule out foul play.

“We’re trying not to speculate — just waiting for the test results. We hope that this was something that just naturally happened,” said Jodie.

Despite the setback, Jake said he will rebuild his herd — some of which were valued at more than $10,000 per head.

“This was how he hopefully was going to make his living in the future. You know, you’re dealt devastating blows in your lifetime and you have to overcome them whether you learn it at 30 or at 11, like he had to. That’s just something we have to do. We’ll make do with what we have and move on,” said Jodie.

Five of the herd’s 20 head of cattle are still alive.  Results on water and soil tests may not be available for up to a week.

The ranch, located west of Fort Worth between the town of Palo Pinto and Strawn, has been in the Wilfong family for about 150 years.”

—– Original Message —–

Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:36 PM
Subject: The Mineral Wells Cattle Deaths Story you may want to contact Mr Wilfong, he needs help.
and recall a couple of months ago that Mr Wilfong needed assistance who had cattle that died a couple of years ago after a rain storm.  He too had the cattle separated where as the ones by the holding pond died, but the others away from the pond lived.  I sort of remember that the Rail Road Commission (who is in charge of oil and gas in Texas) did not have all the old injection well sites mapped and I thought I was told that there was and old injection well somewhere in the area.
I have cut and pasted all of this for you in case you want to update your story and also please contact Mr Wilfong.
I have sent several follow up requests by email (I should do a PIR) from the TCEQ and other entities and will update you if I get any responses.


June 2 2010


spill of some kind

http://www.lakecountrysun.com/news/get-news.asp?id=9079&catid=1&cpg=get-news.asp (link no longer working)

Cattleman unhappy about state’s response
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Mark Engebretson

“Texas A&M said the cattle had pulmonary edema,” said Mike Wilfong. “Any cow that lies on its side and struggles to get up will have pulmonary edema.”
Those are the results Wilfong said came from the university after 15 of his cattle died mysteriously on his ranch located along Highway 919 north of Gordon.
But the cause of those cattle going down is not known.

“Nobody is going to do anything,” he said angrily.
“The Railroad Commission is not going to do anything. Does it take killing a kid to get someone off their butt?” he asked of possible poisons entering other water supplies through runoff.
For the complete story, subscribe by calling 940-779-3040 or online.


Problems with agencies
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Mark EngebretsonThe problems that Mike Wilfong have encountered appear to be no different than the problems others have had when dealing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Railroad Commission.
Wilfong is the rancher north of Gordon who found 15 of his 20 cows dead and dying at his 320 acre ranch a couple of weeks ago. One cow was sent to Texas A&M to try to determine the cause of death. This week, A&M had no answers as to what led to the deaths.
Wilfong contacted both TCEQ and the RRC to get some help to determine if their water had been poisoned, either inadvertently or maliciously. Wilfong said TCEQ sent a solid-waste specialist to take water samples. Those tests showed traces of barium and chloride.According to Wikipedia, one use of barium is as an insoluble heavy mud-like paste when drilling oil wells. It has also been used as rodenticides.
Chloride is also associated with the oil and gas industry.
“In the petroleum industry, the chlorides are a closely monitored constituent of the mud system,” Wikipedia notes. “The increase of the chlorides in the mud system could indicate the possibility of drilling into a high-pressure saltwater formation. Its increase can also indicate the poor quality of a target sand.”
The railroad commission regulates the drilling industry, thus if there are indications of possible contamination from drilling, the logical agency to contact would be the RRC. Wilfong said people there are not interested.
This is no different than any other situation that has been reported over the last couple of years. Benzine contamination inStephensCounty and the saltwater contamination of other areas inStephensCounty come to mind.Don’t know how many remember the rock mining along the BrazosRivera few years ago that led to silting of the river. Ordinary citizens cried foul to no avail. It was not until someone with bucks and clout got involved that legislation regulating rock mining was passed.
Unfortunately for Mr. Wilfong the people he wants to check on have the money and clout in Austin.
Are the deaths of his cattle related to drilling operations in the area? No one knows, but worse yet, no one wants to find out.
Is there another cause? No one knows, and worse yet, no one cares to find out. It would seem Wilfong has neither the political clout nor the big bucks to get state agencies off their duffs long enough to look into his situation.
Texas really needs a change in attitude and a change in the mission of TCEQ and the RRC. Instead of helping industry get by, both agencies need to refocus on protecting the interests, property and lives of the people who call Texas home.
In the meantime, the Wilfong family struggles alone, fighting a bureaucracy steeped in what appears to be cronyism and big bucks.—————–
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On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM, Faith Chatham wrote:

Hank Do you know these folks out near Mineral Wells? The 13 head of cattle which died was the teenage sons. He was really proud of his cattle. His uncle had been working with him, helping him learn about blood lines, etc. The Uncle died recently then the kids cattle died.

The dad of the kid dropped the dead cow off with the vet. The vet took it to A&M and said it was blue agee but didn’t hang around to have the cow tagged or anything. Then walked off the case. The family told Kim that now they have another vet but that A&M won’t release the test results to them because it was the first vet who dropped off the cow. However, A&M told them that it was not blue algee!.
This one has the pathos of a silent film era melodrama

On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 12:59 PM, Kim & Ken Feil <> wrote:

  Jody Wilfong  also said there are dead cedar and mesquite trees and there is a white residue on the draws. She has 320 acres and no fresh water. Can someone help them?
—– Original Message —–
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 12:03 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: cattle deaths/hydraulic fracturing fluid/storm run off
Good morning, Mrs. Feil,
We are sorry for Mr. Wilfong’s loss, however we do not know why his cattle died.  The TCEQ investigated the potential causes that may have been under our jurisdiction.  The scientific data indicate that the long list of chemicals we looked for in soil and surface water were not responsible for the deaths.
We were not saying that the surface water is fit for human consumption, but merely stating that the chemicals we measured were lower than the drinking water standards for those chemicals.  Surface water would need to be treated before it could be consumed by humans.
If Mr. Bary or Ms. Hale will provide me with a contact name, we will be happy to share the information we have with them.


Michael Honeycutt, Ph.D. | Director, Toxicology Division | TCEQ

12100 Park 35 Circle, Bldg. F | Austin, Texas 78753 | (: (512) 239-1793  Fax: (512) 239-1794 |  *: mhoneycu@tceq.state.tx.us

>>> “Kim & Ken Feil” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net> 7/8/2010 11:07 PM >>>

Please go get some of that water and drink it. If it is good enough for human consumption, then why did the cows die? 
FYI I’ve asked the EPA to use this as a case study.
—– Original Message —–
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 4:36 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: cattle deaths/hydraulic fracturing fluid/storm run off
Hello Mrs. Feil,
On June 1, 2010, the TCEQ DFW Region received a call from the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), reporting the significant loss of cattle on Mr. Mike Wilfong’s property.  On June 2, 2010, the TCEQ contacted Mr. Wilfong, the complainant, via telephone.  Mr. Wilfong indicated there was a disposal well and oil wells near his property and questioned if there was a release from the wells impacting the water quality of the pond on his property the cattle drink from.  In order to address the complainants concern, the TCEQ DFW Region office spent two days investigating the complaint and taking both water and soil samples from Mr. Mike Wilfong’s property (one soil sample was taken from the adjacent property).  After the initial investigation on Mr. Wilfong’s property, the TCEQ contacted the Abilene office of the Railroad Commission (RRC) to inquire about wells in the area.  The RRC indicated there were no active wells within 0.5 miles of Mr. Willfong’s pond where Mr. Wilfong stated the cattle died near.  The RRC stated an undocumented well in that area was possible, but due to no active wells showing in their database, the RRC did not investigate at that time.Water samples were collected on June 2, 2010 and were submitted for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs), herbicides, pesticides, metals, chlorides, and nitrates.  Soil samples were collected on June 3, 2010 and were submitted for RCRA 8 metals, TPH, VOCs, chloride and nitrates.  The TCEQ requested the lab to expedite the analysis, so results could be conveyed to Mr. Wilfong quickly.  Preliminary results from the water samples were received on June 4, 2010, showed non-detect for TPH, VOCs, and SVOCs.  One sample showed chloride at 10 mg/l and one sample showed barium at 0.051 mg/L, both which are well below the Drinking Water Standards maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for Public Water Systems which are 300 mg/L for chlorides (a secondary standard) and 2.0 mg/l for barium.  The soil sample results, received on June 14, 2010, were indicative of expected levels found in Texas soils.
Tony Walker, the TCEQ’s director of the Dallas/Fort Worth regional office, is our point of contact for this information.


Michael Honeycutt, Ph.D. | Director, Toxicology Division | TCEQ

12100 Park 35 Circle, Bldg. F | Austin, Texas 78753 | (: (512) 239-1793  Fax: (512) 239-1794 |  *: mhoneycu@tceq.state.tx.us

>>> “Kim & Ken Feil” < 7/8/2010 12:45 PM >>>

H  E  L  P  !  !
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—– Original Message —–
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 6:08 AM
Subject: wilfong phone number
254 965 XXXX
—– Original Message —–
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 7:05 AM
Subject: need tests asap!cattle deaths/hydraulic fracturing fluid/storm run off
Bary or Hale, since the TCEQ says the water is at acceptable levels, please test the soil and water so we have a second opinion.
I thought I read something about distressed or dead vegetation?
The vet was Dr Sweat 940 452 2933 says he can’t talk about the case (he took himself off the case two weeks into this) HOWEVER he seems to officially be the ONLY one that TX a&M can release the results to. They won’t give the owner of the cow the results so they still do not know what killed their cattle.

—– Original Message —–

Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Fw: cattle deaths/hydraulic fracturing fluid/storm run off

i just today recieved any test results from tecq that was on paper and not verbal and john andrews is trying to take back his verbal reports. the rrc tried to tell me there were no wells within a mile until i ask about certain wells then they seem to get closer.they took one soil sample and a few water samples what took 2 days then. the only one wanting to work was in training and was not brought back the second day she wanted to take to many samples. ———- Sent from AT&T’s Wireless network using Mobile Email

….another cut and paste……

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 12:53 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: cattle deaths/hydraulic fracturing fluid/storm run off
Mrs. Feil,
The TCEQ’s sampling and field investigation did not ascertain a reason for the cattle deaths.  If Mr. Wilfong had an autopsy conducted on the carcases, he may be able to find a cause of death.


Michael Honeycutt, Ph.D. | Director, Toxicology Division | TCEQ

12100 Park 35 Circle, Bldg. F | Austin, Texas78753| (: (512) 239-1793  Fax: (512) 239-1794 |  *: mhoneycu@tceq.state.tx.us

….another cut and paste……

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:07 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Fw: cattle deaths/hydraulic fracturing fluid/storm runoff
Dear Ms Feil – thank you for your interest. This investigation is actually being handled out of the TCEQ DFW Waste Section, rather than my Water Section.  The investigation report is still pending, but the Investigation Number is 826168.   I have forwarded your request to the Waste Section.  Sid

>>> “Kim & Ken Feil” <> 7/14/2010 12:21 PM >>>

Mr. Slocum please put me on a contact list as more information about the cattle deaths in Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County on June 2, 2010 becomes available.  If there has been a case number assigned, please give that to me and let me know how to follow the “follow up” on the website.
Kim Feil

—– Original Message —–

Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:34 AM

Kim, this is mike wilfong I need a gas well fracking expert that will talk with my lawyer and would testify in court if need be could you email me names if you have any. thanks

……another  cut and paste not related to Wilfong but an email you might want to read and publish…..
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2015 update-not sure what ever became of this case-most likely settled with gag order?

—– Original Message —–

From: Charlie Bradbury

To: ‘Kim & Ken Feil’

Sent:Thursday, July 01, 20108:49 PM

Subject: RE: cattle exposed to fracing fluids


I apologize for failing to respond to your inquiry, either my spam filter is responsible or I simply overlooked it. I cannot verify that none of our suppliers have cattle near oil and gas extraction sites. As you probably know, fossil fuel production is a very big business inTexasand there are countless ranches across the state where cows are grazing in the same pastures as oil and gas wells and production units. I can tell you that ranchers involved in supplying cattle to our program are only profitable when their cattle are healthy and at peak performance. Cattle that are not healthy and not performing well don’t meet the rigid requirements of our program and don’t make any profit. In other words, it is not in anyone’s interest to allow the kind of contamination described in this article. Thank you for your interest.

Charlie Bradbury, CEO

Nolan Ryan’s All Natural Beef

1300 Eleventh St. Suite 310


936-436-1622, ext 102

936-295-1747, fax


From: Kim & Ken Feil []
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 5:46 PM
To: info@nolanryanbeef.com
Subject: cattle exposed to fracing fluids


I emailed U a month ago asking if you can verify that NONE of your TX cattle suppliers have cattle near any oil and gas extraction sites.

You never responded.

UPDATE…heres another one that I had to ask twice before getting a response ….

American Farmers Network

Contact Information

Call Us Toll Free:
(800) 817-6180

Email Us:

Business Hours:
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Thank you very much for your email. I am sorry to hear that we did not answer your question on our original response.

I researched your question further, and I would be more than happy to provide additional information. Seeing as we primarily source from farms in Oregon, fracking wastewater is not a predominant concern. Furthermore, none of the farms we source from are in close proximity to fracking operations.

We test our soil to ensure it is up to USDA certifications, and have not had issues with soil contamination. As for the water, we do not test specifically for fracking remnants, however as I mentioned this is not a primary concern as we are not located to fracking operations.

I hope this information was helpful. Please let me know if there is anything else we can do to help.

Kind regards,
Samantha B.

American Farmers Network

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Hello Ms. Feil,

Thank you for your email.  I am happy to address your concern to the best of my ability.  We source from small family run certified organic farms who not only meet but exceed the USDA guidelines for organic farming.  What I know for sure is that the soil quality is tested per the USDA organic farming guidelines and that our free-range animals graze on pasture free from herbicides and pesticides.

I sincerely hope that the information that I have provided is helpful to you.

Kind regards,


With best regards,
American Farmers Network Customer Support

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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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