Petition for Safer Urban Drilling
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Many steps to Safer Drilling
I live at ground zero for urban drilling.
We have about 60 pad sites in our 99 sq mile town here in Arlington TX.
Our state and local government 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, back in 2010. 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 over a dozen gas release emission events that the general public knows about. On September 10th 2018, Arlington Fire Department’s Sergeant Crowsen said at a Frown Hall meeting (due to a fracking accident) that they respond to about 10-15 gas well complaints a year. Per our 2019 budget on page 120, it will cost us almost $500,000 in 2019 for gas well emergency response readiness.
The following are the items lacking in our URBAN oil and gas drilling ordinance………………..1. ELECTRIC mandate:a. Mandate electric drilling rigs.b. Mandate electric frac pumps Evolution Well Services – Innovation Not Imitation.
c. Do not use diesel or NG fired lift compressors that use dirty field gas, rather use electric submersible pumps,Wellbore Compressor, Natural Gas Recovery, Artificial Lift, Well Head, Electric Submersible Pumps, ESPs, Plunger Lift, Sucker Rod Pumps, Gas Lift Systems, Hydraulic Pumping Systems, Progressive Cavity Pumps, Oil Recovery, Convert Natural Gas, Liquefi
d. Mandate electric compressor stations, but have back up power in the event of electric outages. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/april-11-2011-two-padsites-spewed-on-arlington-residents/e. Replace gas-assisted glycol pumps with electric pumps.https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/ll_glycol_pumps3.pdf2. Video tape ALL cement casing pours when the cement 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. Wireline Electric Logs tell an important geological story…to file or not to file that is the Q!3. All drilling mud farming and brine “road spraying” should have application sites’ soil & groundwater tested for toxins and NORM. Transition Lancaster Visits PA Gasland4. During fracking where the radioactive silica dust is flying around, we need the industry to contain the dust to OSHA 2016 standards at 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged during an 8-hour shift. Currently, the oil & gas industry is getting preferential treatment to not have to be in compliance until June 23 2021. There is no entity looking out for the residential silica exposures, only worker exposures. Here is a video of what the silica exposures during fracking look like at our Bruder drill site, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWw8U40Q4Sk4. Ban the use of Hydrofluoric and Hydrochloric Acid for less caustic treatments such as chelates. https://chelates.nouryon.com/siteassets/Brochure-dissolvine-stimwell.pdf5. Mandate flowback tanks that have vent lines that can be connected to vapor recovery/capture systems or combustion devices (gas-busters) Frac Tanks & More from DHI Energy Servicetanks. Here is a video of what happens in our backyards in Arlington….. Flow Back in North Texas.6. Blowdowns of compressors whose excess goes to the storage tanks should have Vapor Recovery Systems rather than venting. Here is a Lake Arlington tank battery emitting VOC’s 24/7….Lake Arlington Natural Gas Waste Storage Tanks Infrared camera reveals toxins constantly spewing7. The pipeline should be in place FIRST before fracking, and the operator should have no DELAY for flowback should occur immediately after fracking so that injected water/chemicals don’t sit in the ground for months festering bacterial sulfide growth to sour/damage the well and sicken people…..https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/slammed-with-sudden-nausea-from-flowback-odors-business-womans-blood-pressure-soars-after-vomiting8. 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.https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/envir-tester-ph-d-master-public-health-on-fracking-emissions-fallout-distance-1800-2500-feet-of-the-downwind-effect /NOTE THIS>>>https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/voc-study-averaged-17-ppb-benzene-in-dry-gas-wells-300-ft-away-in-utah/9. Equip local GW inspectors who need to test for methane leaks with FLIR cameras. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/?s=flir10. Use phage therapies instead of dangerous gluteraldehydes to control festering bacteria and offensive odors. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/dont-bank-on-phage-fixn-well-souring/11) Use closed mud containers.https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/closed-loop-mud-system-open-air-toxic-drilling-mud-farming-by-schools/12) Have aerial water spray mist for flying frack sand. But don’t let the toxic water go into environment.13) No diesel truck idling14) Need 24 hour hotline to TCEQ and City Gas Well Inspectors. Our city website’s online status report is too vague. (ex. currently it can say “workover” and no real information of what that entails. Breathers do not need to be downwind to pre-production and maintenance activities. They need to know that they are risking their health. It’s time for the truth.15) Equip First Responders with sensitive BTEX detection equipment. (I know of four auto shut in failures so far they were exposed to rouge wells) https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/tceqs-first-glance-equipment-is-not-sensitive-enough-to-detect-long-term-benzene-effect-screening-levels-at-1-4ppb/16) Simulate neighborhood evacuation plan and robo calling run through. Train an appointed person to push red button in an emergency when the AFD cannot do it if they are in a mass ER event. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/arlington-neighborhood-citizen-designated-red-button-pushers-needed-in-emergencies/17) Flood waters on pad sites should be lab tested for Drilling Mud, Frack Chemicals, Produced Water and Maintenance Chemicals before being released. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/?s=flooded18) Drill a Ground Water Woodbine Aquifer Monitoring Well with daily charting during stimulation. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/epa-recd-colleyville-tx-post-drilling-water-contamination-video-as-evidence-for-reopened-water-study/19) Baseline Air, Soil, and Surface Water testing should be required with post production re-testing to make comparison analysis. The LABC spill did not test for NORM and we had no baseline. https://barnettshalehell.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/labc-water-tests.pdf20) Nitro Lifts or any other well maintenance should NOT be allowed to vent via an open well or it’s chemical treatments to the atmosphere…which includes sending to storage tanks with thief hatches that vent. See 1,140 ppm TVA reading near my son’s junior high school, https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/viagra-for-the-eagleford-shale-already/21) Use blow out preventer between the drill and the frack stage in case flooding occurs.22) Use tighter truck manifests that make them account for the TENORM waste water amounts leaving Arlington and have those amounts match up to their injection well destination. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/?s=tenorm23) Mandate catalytic converters on all padsite lift compressors. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/action-item-artificial-lift-viagra-congress-32016-request-catalytic-converters-as-standard/
24). Replace high pneumatics with low to no bleed pneumatics.https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-09/documents/2-devices_colorado2004.pdf —–
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.
- Arlington 4th Worst Water Quality in US
- Arlington Gas Well Ordinance
- Arlington N Korean Like Demands on Term Limits Lawsuit
- Arlington TX Endangered Firefighters
- ATF Arlington Tomorrow Foundation
- avner vengosh
- baker hughes
- Barnett Shale
- Barnett Shale Air Quality Results
- Bioremediation with frack on crack-who'daTHUNK it?
- bottled water
- burkitt leukemia
- Children's Risks to Permanent Brain Damage in Urban Drilling
- city council
- Co-Existing Near Frack Wells
- Dale Henry
- Dead Animals Near Fracking
- deep direct use
- Dept Of Energy
- DFW Plume
- don jakeway
- Dr Cynthia Simmons Arlington FAIL 101
- drilling mud
- Drilling Rig Fires
- enchanted lakes estates
- endocrine disruption
- First Failed Fracking EPA Report
- Flaring pics that are normal
- flooded drill sites
- frack on crack
- ft worth
- Gulf of Mexico Mishaps
- HDPE issues with leaching Benzene
- Health Homeostasis
- Herbicide Use at Padsites
- impact investing
- Incestuous Job Hopping
- injection wells
- jay doegey
- joe barton
- justin Eaklor
- lake arlington
- lake chalres
- lake charles
- land farming
- Living Where You Poop the Arlington Commmons
- maria carbajal
- Methane Leaks Proven up to 17% video
- Methyl Mercaptan
- michael mcCullough
- Microbes & Bacteria Growing Resistance to Antibiotics & Chlorine
- Midstream Pipeline Compressor Station Ownership Changes
- Mineral Tax lien
- MOF Metal Organic Framework
- money grab
- NCTCOG North Central Texas Council of Governments
- no public review
- North Texas Commission
- nueces electric
- orange ENERGY bags bad news for air quality
- Particulate Matter
- Pics of Arlington Pad Sites
- Pipeline Committments
- Plumbing Issues in the Shale
- Pregnancy Near Fracking
- produced water
- progressive supranuclear palsy
- radioactive piping
- Reverse Setback D.R. Horton
- richard rainwater
- Rolling Hills and The Arlington Commons
- RRC Banned Operator List
- rule 36
- Russian Meddling Funding Fractivism Claims
- shut off valve
- statewide rule 36
- storage tank lack of rules
- Strategic Aerial Injection (SAI)
- super capacitator
- Taylor ishee
- TCEQ violators
- The Arlington Experience by City Water Director of Utilities
- THM and TTHM Erin Brockovich visits Plano TX
- tony rutigliano
- TX Oil & Gas Regulators
- water contamination
- water generator
- water pollution
- water world
- Wood Smoke
History of Hell
“Leaseholders are not to blame for any of this, and should not be ashamed or embarrassed by how this whole thing is turning out.”
This letter was written by Chuck Harper who is the Communtiy Lead for Paxton Village in Arlington TX
This message is intended for all who signed a lease with XTO.
I know that from the beginning of this gas lease process, I have focused my information to you on the lease process- signing, waiting, watching the drilling and fracking processes materialize, inquiring about royalty payments, etc. I will not stop communicating with you until after this royalty payment process is underway, so don’t worry about any abandonment from me on that subject. This is the only message of this type I will send to you- all other messages will be related only to our lease and the status as it applies to leaseholders. If you would like to continue receiving more info like this, simply ask and I’ll add you to my alternate gas news list.
This message is intended to deviate slightly from that topic and pass to you information on another issue- the ongoing concerns of all citizens over health and safety arising from the fracking process and the subsequent heated arguments between all parties over legalities, interpretations, alleged violations by the gas companies, and accusations of misconduct by the gas companies and city leaders.
If you are convinced that there is no danger to your own health and safety and are unconcerned about the complaints from others, then you probably will not benefit from this message. If you are truly interested in the massive volume of dialog and discourse from all parties on the subject and are open minded to the possibilities that things may not be as they should in the wonderful world of natural gas, then read on.
We bought into this natural gas thing (all of us, including myself) several years ago based upon information made available to us from the gas companies and our government officials. Everything we were told indicated there were no dangers of any kind from the drilling and fracking processes- no personal health concerns, no environmental concerns, and no property concerns. All of these assurances came from the gas companies- those very entities who stood to profit the most from the minerals under our feet. Our elected leaders (with whom we entrusted our very safety and health) told us we were safe- no health concerns would arise from these operations and no safety or property problems would come from drilling and fracking.
Now that we are years into this process and there are hundreds of wells in the Barnett Shale in Tarrant County, we are discovering that what we were told does not match what is really taking place. We are finding out that gas companies continually violate the law, manipulate our government officials for private gain by altering the law in their favor, and boldly lie to the public when they are found out. There are many documented health issues from individuals living in the leased areas which remain unanswered. Thousands of homes have experienced foundation issues which previously did not, even in 20-30 years of hot, dry Texas summers. The gas companies continue to refuse to provide the details on chemicals used in the fracking process. And the list goes on…….
This is important:
Leaseholders are not to blame for any of this, and should not be ashamed or embarrassed by how this whole thing is turning out. All we knew when we signed on is what we were told- nothing more, nothing less. We cannot change the fact that we all have active leases, and nothing we do from this point forward will affect that legally binding agreement. Any actions we take as concerned citizens will not affect our leases or royalties.
What I am suggesting to all of you is that we individually and collectively participate in our community to ensure these gas companies follow the existing laws, that our city leaders are held accountable for protecting us as citizens and taxpayers, and that any required changes in the law be made in the best interest of the community at large- NOT for the gas companies and those they control.
From the beginning, I became involved in this only for you- the community members, and have had ONLY that focus at heart. Now that things seemed to have worked in our favor on the leasing process, I urge each of you to become a socially responsible citizen and take an active interest in our community by following the dialog and analyzing everything you see to decide whether it makes sense to you as a taxpayer and a resident.
If you want to become a more knowledgeable and informed individual on this subject, please don’t hesitate to make it known. We are all in this together, and I’m sure you would prefer it be a good ride than a dangerous one. I can provide contacts and website links to those who have taken on the personal challenge of monitoring the gas companies and holding them accountable. I am not the only one working for you- there are many of us, and collectively our voice can be heard above the noise of the gas compressors. As human beings, we must take action to protect ourselves, as it is more than evident that nobody else will do it for us.
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