Whether fracking for unconventional SHALE oil can be profitable, what leaders should be looking at is the highest long term costs in terms of risking health, property values and peaceful enjoyment of your homestead. Other costs may be your right to clean water or your right to water supplies. Still there are other considerations, like what is the net effect of jobs if the tourism (hunting and fishing industry) becomes threatened with environmental losses?
The fracking process is extremely controversial and with good reason…….. The NY Times reported on page 6 that “a confidential industry study from 1990, conducted for the American Petroleum Institute, concluded that ‘using conservative assumptions,’ radium in drilling wastewater dumped off the Louisiana coast posed ‘potentially significant risks’ of cancer for people who eat fish from those waters regularly.”
I grew up in Independence and now have lived in Arlington TX for the past 20 years. prior to that, I lived near the refineries in Norco for 8 years before moving to Texas. Because our City Council allowed drilling in Arlington, we now have over 60 padsites and already around 350 gas wells. Once the price of natural gas (dry gas) goes back up, each site could easily see 12-22 gas wells on each padsite. Google earth the Ft Worth and Denton towns and see how dotted up the landscape is….what you can’t see under the ground on the waste disposal through injection wells are another risk to our pipelines through man made earthquakes too.
Even though oil fetches higher prices than gas, don’t be fooled because the production drops fast, the air quality suffers greatly (see smog issues in rural drilling areas of Colorado).
The minerals aren’t going anywhere S L O W D O W N the saying “don’t poop where you eat” pertains to Y O U who sign contracts and to you who vote the permits in.
Speaking from experience and full time research without pay, I’ve read and documented for years everything I could get my hands on about drilling, You should contact your local Chamber of Commerce and your City Councils and ask them to take a “wait and see” stance on endorsing drilling….other towns and countries have banned fracking.
In north Texas, folks that can are migrating out of the Barnett Shale area, but find that the land is exponentially more expensive OFF of the shale for “some” reason. For example per Tim Ruggerio (who appeared on 60 minutes and whose home was devalued 75% near drilling) has just moved and told me “Wise County=$9K and acre, Aubrey/Pilot Point=$50K an acre”. Amite and the surrounding areas need to ban together to avoid drilling and risk devaluing properties. Just two drill sites in Arlington have been devalued by a total of 3.5 million dollars from 2010 to 2011 on the tax rolls.
People are getting multiple chemical sensitivities and are getting out of the airshed of the cumulative effects of the numerous drill sites. Please see the invisible emissions that only an infrared camera picks up. I live down wind from 22 gaswells at the local university here. The video link of what my family and I have been breathing is at this link.
These two links cover the story of over a dozen teens with suspected exposure to neuro toxins on their soccer field where frack chemicals were reported spilled and trees are dead.
I am surrounded by gas wells here in Arlington and this has been my nightmare. I had to start detoxing cause my health was failing breathing this crap! I want to move back to my hometown in Independence, but not if Amite allows fracking. Help fight it hard. The short term cash and jobs and indirect jobs is not worth the long term demise of the towns.This link shows the pdf presentation where our fire dept will ask our city council to approve the needed $800K (equipment and more staffing) to keep up with the work the gas wells is adding to the departments.Please do the research yourself on shale drilling and don’t be fooled by the quick cash and the industry tall tales of great safety records. Everything has a price…what is the tranquility, health and long-term livability of your city worth?
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I live at ground zero for urban drilling.
We have about 60 padsites in our 99 sq mile town here in Arlington TX.
Our state and local governement will not enforce these two laws....
1) 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..”
2. 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.
We had a drill spill in Lake Arlington, our drinking source, a couple of years ago. We also have about 100 drilling laterals under our lake that are at migration risk for seismic events and or cement failures.
We have had maybe a dozen gas release emission events over the last few years that I am aware of.
The following are the items lacking in our URBAN oil and gas drilling ordinance….................
1. Use electric rigs & and use nondiesel compressors and fracking and lift compressors and compressor stations (but do not use field DIRTY GAS). Blowdowns of compressors whose excess goes to the storage tanks should have Vapor Recovery Systems rather than venting.
2. Video tape ALL cement casing pours when it comes back up to the top through the annulus so that there is proof of an even pour and ensure all wells have electric bond log tests.
3. All drilling mud farming (private & commercial) and brine “road spraying” should routinely test soil and shallow ground water for toxins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQTtI94GGd8&feature=player_embedded Brine spraying
4. We need the industry to invent technology to keep the toxic, silica dust on the padsite-those pathetic pillow case looking socks aren’t getting the job done. Ban the use of Hydroflouric Acid.
5. Mandate ventless, emission free flowback tanks by using pressurized flowback tanks instead of open hatch frack tanks....
6. Global Warming isn't waiting 2.5 years for the EPA mandated Green Completions equipment.... no venting ...wait for the pipeline. Ensure condensers are used on glycol units.
7. The pipeline should be in place FIRST before fracturing so that flowback doesn’t sit in the ground for months festering bacterial sulfide growth to sour and damage the well and sicken people.....
8. The setback away from people should be substantial. Rural method drilling is not acceptable in urban areas. An environmental tester who has a Phd said that the health effects are being seen downwind from about 1,800 – 2,500 feet. Local and state gov. need to test for methane leaks with FLIR cameras.
9. Have zero tolerance for underinspected, or faked Waste Disposal Injection Well casing pressure tests. Don't risk eventual migration of toxic fluids into our drinking supplies.....
10. State entities overseeing oil and gas should regulate how close old wells are to new wells....
Lets elect officials that will ensure a protective Oil & Gas Drilling oversight. This is in our “collective” power so we must all become active to be proactive because reactive measures are too costly.
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