HDPE is not BTEX safe…Q’s that need answers before drilling fluids R piped to Injection Wells OR to a Vaporization Station

No Easy Disposal on drilling waste, plus these are questions that need to be answered for public health concerns before any decisions can be made whether the produced water is piped to an injection site OR to a evaporation station.

From: Kim Feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Date: March 2, 2012 11:16:56 AM CST
To: Michael Gange <Michael.Gange@fortworthgov.org>
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Subject: HDPE not BTEX safe…Q’s that need answers before drilling fluids R piped to Injection Wells OR to a evaporation Station
This link http://www.borealisgroup.com/pdf/chemical-resistance/chemical-resistance-hdpe-ld.pdf lists the safety guidelines for chemicals and gasses to be transported via plastic piping.
Mr. Gange, thank you for responding to the type of piping that is currently carrying produced fluids from 7 drill sites to the Brentwood Compressor Station for vaporization. Based on the above link, HDPE (high density poly ethylene) is not recommended for BTEX effluents. Because I was made aware of the German Cancer Cluster video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGtqn1eUDRI&feature=player_embedded,   I am asking for more time before council votes to produce evidence that HDPE is adequate for drilling waste movement.
1) Can we excavate a sample of pipe going to the Brentwood Compressor station and see how the produced water laced with hydrocarbons fared as far as piping integrity goes?
2) Can soil samples also be taken near the pipe during the excavation?

These are questions that need to be answered for public health concerns before any decisions can be made whether the produced water is piped to an injection site OR to an vaporation station.

Please respond.
On Mar 2, 2012, at 10:13 AM, Kim Feil wrote:

Jeff, if U R still at 916 806 0586, I would like for Mr Gange to call you to speak about the scrubbers you and I spoke about nearly two years ago in relation to your invention for the Evras evaporation units.

Chesapeake has a pilot site at the Brentwood Compression Station in Ft Worth TX  using your units which allow the heat from the compressor stations to economically use heat energy to evaporate liquid drilling wastes.
Council will be deciding to lift an injection well moratorium. There is sound science pointing to man made injection well seismic events.
Ft Worth leadership has the appearance of advocating the quick and inexpensive fix (“Quick”silver) of allowing inner city injection wells.
I believe the investment in your Evras units would be prudent when you compare the huge costs and risks associated with inner city earth quakes.
I asked the city to buy more of your units IF they would employ the scrubbers we spoke about which involve having the thermal reactor air strippers remove hydrocarbons and the blenders treating the air before it reaches the humid air outlit. You mentioned to me that your scrubbers are used in California because the state mandates them, but that Texas wasn’t using them.
In the attached, Mr Gange answers some questions that I have been asking ever since we spoke, and now I have more questions for you and or Mr Gange about the existing Evras units in Ft Worth as to….
1)Please detail how the water pretreatment is accomplished?
2)What are the effluents captured?
3)How is the residue is disposed?
I am very concerned about inner city injection wells….especially if we do get one big enough to disrupt normal water evacuations from the numerous drill sites if roads become damaged and trucks cannot evacuate the produced water storage tanks. An inner city quake could also damage underground  (gas or produced water) piping which could start leaking underground or above ground into neighborhoods.
Begin forwarded message:
From: “Fort Worth Open Records Center” <publicinformation@fortworthgov.org>
Date: March 2, 2012 9:11:08 AM CST
Subject: Online FOIA Service Request Updated :: W014714-021012

March 2, 2012

Kim Feil

RE: Public Information Request W014714

Dear Kim Feil,

This letter responds to your request for information to the City of Fort Worth, dated and received in our office on 02-10-12.

Information Requested: Regarding the Brentwood Compressor Station. Please verify.. 1) what is the piping material made up of that is bringing the produced water to be evaporated? High Density Polyethylene. Commonly Known as HDPE.

2) Are all 30 padsites connected yet…how many? 7 sites are connected.

3) Are the Evras scrubbers being used? Scrubbers are not part of the Evras design.

4) How many of the Evras units were online when ERG did the F Worth air test? The Intevras evaporation units were not fully functional during ERG’s field work. They did run some on the day ERG was at the site. The Intervas units are equipped with a pre-treatment system that treats the water before the water enters the actual evaporation unit. I am not aware any “scrubber” units on the evaporation units. The treatment occurs on the water before the evaporation process.


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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One Response to HDPE is not BTEX safe…Q’s that need answers before drilling fluids R piped to Injection Wells OR to a Vaporization Station

  1. Bill Henry says:

    Good information. Thanks. Will forward to my Legislators in PA.

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