Here is a letter to the Arlington City Council forwarning of a pending widespread class action lawsuit based on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board’s recommendations………
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Subject: Public health risks not being addressed/excerpts worth noting on SEABI’m glad that it was recognized below that we have a need to know the emissions during each stage of the life cycle of drilling for natural gas.The concerns that I have expressed to council over and over again is that we do NOT HAVE PRE-PRODUCTION EMISSION NUMBERS…this does put the public at risk and you were sworn in to protect the public.Until we know the pre-productions emission…a M O R A T O R I U M is an appropriate course of action.Your inaction in not addressing public health concerns puts the city in jeopardy of a widespread class action lawsuit.Urban drilling is not safe for the residents as evidence of our fire chief requesting additional funds and as evidence of the SEAB recommendations below.Clearly, we see the exhaust from the rigs and trucks.Clearly the fracking process has toxics from the frack fluid present.The airborne sand and dust is a health hazard.The flow back and mud cuttings are being exposed to the public.We do not have an adequate air quality portion to our gas drilling ordinance or adequate protections for our drinking water from surface fallout and spills.The sound issues and Acoustic Vibration Disease are a reality and occurring as I type this.Until the drillers can address the 17 issues that I see represent a hazard to the public if NOT implemented…for ME…my city is not protecting my family.https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/14-demands-before-urban-drilling-starts-by-the-cowboy-stadium-in-arlington-tx/As a tax payer, I expect that I can live in a safe environment BUT urban drilling has undermined the safety of where I live and what I am being made to breathe via the SUP.————————————
Secretary of Energy Advisory boardhttp://www.shalegas.energy.gov/resources/comments_seab_draft_report.pdf
Summary of Public Comments on the SEAB Shale Gas Subcommittee 90-day ReportAugust 17, 2011Overview of Comments ReceivedA total of 163 comments were received. Many respondents made several points:• Sixty-six respondents complained that the comment period was too short. Someof these asked for not only a longer comment period, but additional publicmeetings on the report.• Thirty-eight respondents objected to what they perceived as a strong industry biasin the Subcommittee and its report.• Many comments did not address specific elements or recommendations of thereport, but made general recommendations for: o Greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing (20 comments). o Halting all natural gas drilling/fracturing (19 comments). o Supporting renewable energy and/or water quality over natural gasproduction (30 comments). o Eliminating non-disclosure clauses in damage settlements with natural gascompanies (6 comments).
• About 20 comments cited media reports or personal experiences as evidence of the dangers of hydraulic fracturing.
Summary of Detailed Analyses (excerpts)• Independent Petroleum Association of America, Washington, DC: Theorganization makes recommendations and provides detailed comments refuting the material submitted to the Subcommittee by the organization EARTHWORKS and the Oil and Gas Accountability Project.• American Petroleum Institute (API), Washington, DC:o That the report propose that microseismic surveys be used to assure protection of ground water; fractures cannot be required to stay within the producing formation.Air: (a) Reduction of pollutants and methane emissions from all shale gas production/delivery activity. (b) Establishment of an emission measurement and reporting system at various points in the production chain.———————————————————————————FYI, I have been waiting on Julie Hunt (City of Arlington Water Dept. manager), to respond on the recommendation of the need to protect surface water being recognized here…..
(3) Recommendations that require new partnerships or mechanisms for success new mechanisms for success13 Agencies should review field experience and modernize rules and enforcement practices to ensure protection of drinking and surface waters.Reflects Subcommittee unease that the present arrangement of shared federal and state responsibility for cradle-to-grave water quality is not working smoothly or as well as it should.—————————————————————————————-
Regarding Public Input on the Emergency Management and ResponseName: Jennifer Powell
My concern is that relating to the recent incident in Lisbon, Ohio where a gas line ruptured due to lack of repair and too much pressure at a substation. Luckily no one was in proximity. When this event occured it shook my house from the foundation and I live 5 miles from the site. When we went outside we could hear the roar of a large jet engine or so we thought and believed that an airliner coming out of or to Pittsburgh had crashed. We saw a tower of flames shooting hundreds of feet into the sky and we live on top of a foothill. When we tried to contact 911 the lines were busy. My nephew and neighor finally got through and the opperator said that they were unable to locate the fire due to the number of calls coming in. It took emergency responders over an hour to locate a fire that was seen 50 miles away! It was also visible on satalite! There was a mass of confusion on how to get ahold of the company that owned the lines becuase companies had been bought and sold which delayed shutting off the supply of gas feeding the blast. It was soo hot that no one was able to get near the source and all fire fighting equipment was useless. Responders were used to create a perimerter and to evacuate local homes instead. Becuase of the rural setting it was difficult for them to do this. Thankfully only one home was damaged and no one was harmed, oh except for some barbecued cows. How many gallons of gas burnt up? Who knows. No one seems to care all of this is just collatoral dammage, as long as we can suck the gas out of the ground. I think that we need better failsafes in place before we go blowing up our homes and property to line the pockets of the oil barons!