Regarding the GM to PLant more Pollution? article, I say “Just great!” note the sarcasim….that may even mean even more pollution for our Entertainment District based on those prevailing southerly winds blowing to the north.
Per this Interactive EPA GHG Offenders site, GM is a big hitter.
FYI MTC02e is million tons carbon dioxide-equivalents
GMunits = MTCo2eCo2 56,038CH4 22N2o 33Stationary Combustion 56,093
Our unknown, unregulated, multiple, cumulative emissions from Arlington’s (60 gas well pad sites) and neighboring town’s drilling emissions add to the insult. Per my open records request, I found out that GM had at least 562 tons per day of VOC’s in 2010 and 58 tpy of NOX. Plus GM has two pad sites of gas wells and all that BTEX….blowing to Six Flags.
On Jan 16th I called TCEQ to report a fume y odor as I passed the plant on Division St. Sometimes TCEQ does not respond to emission complaints on a timely basis (within 12 hours) if you are driving through a stinched up area. We need to air test downwind of the GM plant at Six Flags, Rangers Stadium, in the parking lot of the Cowboy Stadium, and at Hurricane Harbor.
The Jacobson Effect, (an affected urban area where existing pollution suffers an exponential amount of ozone in the summer), may prove to be a true threat to the real industry of Arlington which is our Entertainment District. Can Arlington’s GM, Natural Gas Drilling, and Entertainment District safely co-exist? My opinion is…of course they can as long as you have a really good cancer insurance policy and a vast resource of “plant in April, then by October = 16ft tall” carbon eating trees.
Arlington’s new Urban Design Center needs to plant extreme numbers of fast growing Kiri/Paulownia trees (known in China as the pollution cleaners) to offset some of those emissions. They also need to provide affected residents with seedlings. But where is the ideal place to plant these trees… 300 feet from the fence line… 3,000 feet? Too bad the fallout from the fence line area into the neighborhoods was not addressed in the ERG Ft Worth, one million dollar air study….NO AIR TESTS WERE PERFORMED IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS. I keep coming back to what I’ve been screaming this whole time… “We Can’t Find What We Don’t Want to Look For!”
Here is part of the letter I sent to the City of Arlington this morning……
“The manager/owner of the seedling of these Paulownia trees http://www.worldpaulownia.com/html/paulownia_faq.htmlhas told me that in 2012, his company will have put 40 million of these trees in the ground”.“In China, these trees are known as pollution cleaners, and if they don’t stand in flood waters for extended periods, they do quite well even in arid environments. It has an extensive root system and stops erosion. One unknown is how far to place these trees where the pollution fallout can be absorbed. If it turns out that that placement is in residents back yards, I expect our city to have a planting program to absorb the costs for those impacted by drilling.”“I have never been one to complain without offering solutions. If drilling has to occur, we must be the leader in urban carbon tree offsets…..will Arlington rise to the need?”
PS… it’s not too late to ask Arlington City Council to turn down two (Truman site) gas wells within 2,500 feet of the Cowboy Stadium at the corner of Collins and Division. The public hearing is closed, but you can still email, or come out to the next meeting on February 7th and fill out an opposition card.