Purple Water – Purple Squirrel Bromide Poisoning ? Arlington’s Barium

December 2015 uPDATE on Barium….

“Dartmouth Professor Mukul Sharma and his colleagues find that chemical reactions between injected freshwater and hydraulically fractured shale could play a major role in generating toxic metal barium in fracking wastewater”.
Credit: Dartmouth College

The Video of a Jersey Shore squirrel is getting media attention. Sadly this may be linked to bromide posioning from nearby fracking activity.“Zinc bromide high-density brines are widely used in well completions,…” “This is not good at all. That color looks very much like Tyrian purple. It is a natural organobromide compound seen in molluscs and rarely found in land animals. The squirrel has too much bromide in its system possibly from all the bromide laced frack water it’s been drinking. I would raise the alarm. This could mean bladder cancer for humans down the road.” said Krish Pillai, a professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

I recently blogged about a story entitled “SOS Butler County Black Water + Purple Water = A Fracking Nightmare”  that linked an animal and a human death to the water contamination.

The purple squirrel, who was released back into the wild, has a twitter account, https://twitter.com/#%21/purplsqurl,  a Facebook account called “The Purple Squirrel” and has it’s own Wikipedia page that covers prior sightings in 1997 and 2008.


LETS TALK BARIUM NOW>>>>barium is used in case-hardening of steel, and in the oil and gas industry as a wetting agent for drilling mud (4, 5).
“Barium is present as a trace element in both igneous and sedimentary rocks. Although it is not found free in nature (1), it occurs in a number of compounds, most commonly barium sulfate (barite) and, to a lesser extent, barium carbonate (witherite).”

In the City of Arlington’s annual drinking water report Barium was tested in 2002 and was scheduled for testing again in 2011 and then they reported the 2012 results. Gee I wonder in the peak of all that drilling that started around 2007 how bad our exposure was to Barium…we will never know. Especially since 2007 was the beginning that we had to report an almost illegal amount of Bromate.

That doesn’t sound protective of public health if you live in a drilling town. I spoke to council about this many times and was glad to see Barium was tested for in two consecutive years albeit after our drilling boom went bust.

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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