Jim Parajon of the City of Arlington Planning Department confirmed that Arlington does not allow injection wells. One of the more troubling issues with drilling for Natural Gas is that for every 1 foot dug on a well, it creates 1.2 barrels of waste of which half of that is solid waste. (http://www.oilandgasbmps.org/resources/solidwaste.php) Injection Wells handle liquid waste.
Kimbrough Farms at 2828 Chambers Street in Venus TX, is said to be the Injection Well waste disposal site recently in the news. A Google Earth visit is encouraged if you want to see the lay out of the area that matches the WFAA video.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp_sbaxFGyc&feature=player_embedded)
In 1990, the American Petroleum Institute did a confidential industry study and using a conservative assumption found that radium in drilling waste water dumped off the Louisiana coast posed “potentially significant risks” of cancer for people who eat fish from those waters regularly.” (page 6 of http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=new%20york%20times%20recycling%20drilling%20waste%20water%20crack%20higher%20levels%20of%20radiation%20and%20other%20unknown%20and%20possibly%20exponential%20chemical%20reactions&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDAQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsustainableotsego.org%2Fdownloadable-documents%2Fcategory%2F1-general%3Fdownload%3D76%253Anew-york-times-gas-drilling&ei=bsQoT7V3h4DZBfL3yNMC&usg=AFQjCNH6fnGKQFrd5ORr6p8zSJHuC932UA)
In addition to leaks or spills from drilling waste disposal, seismic events are linked to Injection Well sites. Keith B. Hall wrote, “The type of evidence geologists examine in evaluating whether earthquakes might have been caused by underground injections include the distance between an underground injection point and the epicenter of an earthquake, and the timing of earthquakes relative to injection activity”. (http://www.oilgaslawbrief.com/hydraulic-fracturing/frack-quakes-can-hydraulic-fracturing-really-cause-earthquakes/)
The liquid waste can also be recycled, A Utah based Company called 212 Resources claims “We get methanol, total dissolved solids, minerals, metals – all these things that are in the water.”(http://www.fwbog.com/index.php?page=article&article=18). Recycling averages about 40% more costly than injection disposal, and the amount actually recycled has been minimal in relation to the volumes involved in disposal.
During the Ft. Worth Injection Well meeting last week, I inquired about the feasibility of evaporating produced water “if” they would utilize the scrubbers to safely filter the fluids before evaporating it. But that idea was discouraged because the units are too expensive. Currently, Chesapeake has a pilot program at the Brentwood Compressor Station that receives produced water that is piped in from nearby drill sites and uses the heat from the existing compressors for the evaporization process. I spoke with the inventor of the evaporization units who told me that scrubbers are being used in California, where it is mandated. Still unknown is if those evaporization units were on line during the million dollar Ft. Worth, ERG air study.
The Ft Worth staff present at the Injection Well meeting seemed to be on board with allowing more Injection Well sites because currently, hauling waste by trucks to injection disposal sites shorten the lifespan of the roads by one third.
Info from a flyer reads “The current moratorium on new permits for gas injection disposal wells inside the Fort Worth city limits expires in April. There are currently only two injection wells, but City Council is considering lifting the moratorium, but not before hearing from citizens about the issue. Each meeting will include a presentation on injection wells with comments from gas industry representatives and Fort Worth citizens. A moderated question/answer session will follow.”
INJECTION DISPOSAL WELLS PUBLIC HEARINGS
Thursday February 2 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m – Lost Creek Country Club,
4101 Lost Creek Blvd.,Aledo (http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=4101%20Lost%20Creek%20Blvd&city=Aledo&state=TX&zipcode=76008)
Thursday February 9 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m – Tarrant County College Opportunity Center,
5901 Fitzhugh Ave. (http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=0,0,2351362870578311256&fb=1&hq=Tarrant+County+College+Opportunity+Center,+5901+Fitzhugh+Ave.&gl=us&daddr=5901+Fitzhugh+Avenue,+Fort+Worth,+TX+76119-1681&geocode=0,32.718369,-97.229171)
Thursday February 23 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m – Fort Worth City Council Chamber, Fort Worth City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton