While I did feel remorse for posting this Google Earth link so folks can see the Compressor Station’s proximity to Camp Thurman, my intentions are good in that I want folks to be informed. Camp Thurman was set up to benefit the children, & give summer jobs to teens. It’s founders like Mr Bob Choun, who I used to go church with (God rest his soul), should be very concerned about now being DOWNWIND to a high impact, natural gas, Compressor Station. It puts the children and staff at risk for a sudden accident, worsens asthma, and can be exposing everybody in the area to chronic, BTEX exposures.
In speaking to Melinda Britian from the city of DWG, this compressor station was shoved down their throats. I have gone to the Camp Thurman office and tried to educate a lady behind the desk of the compressor’s presence and left the TCEQ’s phone number…I have left email messages that were unanswered. I have no other way of educating folks that their teenagers working there are putting the rest of their lives at risk as well as the younger campers (who will not spend as much time there), who could be at the wrong place at the wrong time if a large emission event occurs. One large exposure event can have a health effect that may take decades to show itself.
Even worse is that I’m coming to terms with the FACT that our TCEQ is not addressing the issue of their investigators being put in harms way repeatedly because their air samples are yielding…
1) no violations for nuisance odors…even when their own environmental employee investigator get health effects and not it in their reports! No violations found even when their hand held Toxic Vapor Analyzer devices register “off the charts” in over one point two million parts per billion of VOC’s! *
2) test results that do not provide answers to what the odors are, and how toxic they may be (note there are odorless and colorless emissions too that can only be seen with an infrared camera).
3) no changes in what is being sampled in the air (example they do not screen for methane!), and they are making no changes to the ESL (effect screening levels) so that violations can occur so that the company is forced to use better recovery systems or more scrubbers.
For those reading this, please get involved and ask the leadership at Camp Thurman (in the memory of Dr Choun) to assist me in these three areas. Until then, I have no choice but to follow my conscience and warn the parents, campers and staff of the potential risks to them. This information begs to be shared with you.
Also write your City Council and ask for their help. But most importantly, contact your State Representatives and your Senators so that at the next legislative session, the state has more teeth in their ability to catch violations and make changes so we are better protected.
Please ask DFW Midstream to help Camp Thurman defray the cost of independent air testing at your premises.
They cannot know WHEN the testing occurs.
They cannot pick WHO does the testing either.
No board member of Camp Thurman with ties to the industry should be allowed to help pick the tester either.
Trust no one with financial ties to big oil and gas.
DFW Midstream should also inform you of their next scheduled blow down maintenance so that those emissions are recorded on Camp Thurman’s property – even if testing has to occur in the middle of the night which we hear is the worst time to be downwind of smokestacks.
Your contact is Dakota Lee 214 415 7660
Their PR guy is Chad Small at 214 356 6377
The content of this email has been made public via my www.BarnettShaleHell.wordpress.com
because my original post to the swimming pool Facebook update of the Google earth snap shot of the proximity of the Compressor station to the children who can clearly be seen in the satellite photo.
I only wish the best for the success of Camp Thurman, but the risk to the campers and the staff is not worth any profits or paychecks….please understand that this public trust must be Camp Thurman’s priority.
*Ref TCEQ investigation at the DWG Compressor Station on on 8/18/2011 ACL# 1108073 Ethane 3,700 ppb, Benzene .8 ppb (note the long term ESL for Benzene is 1.41 ppb). The same emission event occurred on 8/22 with a stuck open valve. Please note that air tests are just a snapshot in time and wind speed direction can lessen the amounts being recorded. Also the .8 ppb benzene reading was over half of what we should be concerned with BUT screening levels (thresholds) are based upon the average adult male is what was testified by a concerned Arlington parent. This public testimony by Mac Miller was moving as he has OSHA experience and spoke at the Rush Creek City Council meeting on January 24th. http://arlingtontx.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 ….go to 2:15 minutes into the video for his testimony.
Formaldehyde and sulfur compounds were not sampled that day, yet per the Ft Worth ERG million dollar air study, those two chemicals showed up over ESL levels and are present with natural gas compressor stations. Sadly, that expensive study failed to do air samples in the neighborhoods…by design.
Lake Arlington’s Compressor Station in the summer of 2010 from an industry study reported 126 ppb formaldehyde and high carbon disulfide.
On Feb 11, 2012, at 12:33 AM, Facebook wrote:
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,