Slammed with sudden nausea from flowback odors, business woman’s blood pressure soars after vomiting

update 12/30/12 on the topic of man made Sulfate Reducing Bacteria whose byproduct is H2S that risks water, cement, steel and … lungs.

This video is the Chesapeake (3 month old stale) flowback job that sickened an Arlington TX business owner in her own parking lot on March 3 2012.

I recently blogged about the video I took of her foundation in her building that was cracked during fracking.  I received a phone message….  from Jean Stephens about a horrible odor and so I called 911 right away. By the time I responded to dispatch with Jean’s phone number, they told me she had called this in herself.

In speaking with Jean today, she told me that when she walked out of the store and into the parking lot to get something out of her car Saturday, that a foul (possibly a bacterial) odor hit her and she got sick to her stomach and was disoriented and couldn’t breathe. She came back into the store immediately and had to sit down but still couldn’t breathe. After vomiting, she regrets not first calling the fire department. Instead Jean called her friend, Gloria, to tell her she was sick. Then she tried to call me, but could only leave a message. By the time Gloria and the fire department arrived, the odor was mostly dissipated. Jean was glad no customers drove up or were in the store at the time the odor was at its strongest.

Three fire trucks and about eight firemen were there very quickly. Her systolic blood pressure reading was 170 which is very high. Gloria told me that Jean is normally a “terribly healthy woman”. Jean refused to go to the hospital and was nauseated until about midnight or 1 am the next morning. Jean said there are no words to describe the nauseating odor.  I’m sure that being suddenly slammed with severe nausea from breathing in a foul odor will not be soon forgotten. Jean tells me she is filing a TCEQ health effects complaint and will come speak tomorrow night at the City Council meeting.

There were other people possibly affected by this flow back job that I want to blog about because it is near where my son and his friend “JJ” go long boarding. When I found out about the flowback operation Friday night, I rushed to get my 15 year old son and his friend to spend the night at my house. At 10:15 pm I went to check on them to see why the room was so quiet and pitch dark…they were both soundly sleeping. Usually after they skate and do a sleep over, they game well into the wee hours of the night…not this time.

Also two others reported health effects Friday evening from this drill site flow back operation. A lady and her son were stuck sitting at the red light at Bowen and Division. She wrote on Facebook….  “He (her son) complained of a headache. My face, and lower sinuses started to burn and hurt. It calmed down while I waited in his taekwando class. We drove back that way, and it started up again”.

In taking this video (below) to send to Chesapeake, she mentioned that she did not stay long and that her health effects observed (from when she was stuck at the light) were repeated.

Texas Sharon provided me with Chesapeakes own admittance of chemicals infused in the flow back fluids…n industry’s own literature, they admit that a percentage of the the hydraulic fracturing fluid returns to the surface as flowback……

Here is a response from CHK to the EPA
“Flowback” is a process whereby “produced water”, which consists of formation water and injected waters, is returned to the surface from the wellbore.

Here is CHK flowback fact sheet:
The flowback period can last for hours or several days. Some natural gas flows back with the fracturing fluid, and this gas may contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as propane


Sharon Wilson, Fracking Insurgent  
In North Texas on top of the Barnett Shale

FLOWBACK: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety

Here is the response from the city and from Chesapeake on this drill site’s flowback operation.

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: Bridgett White <>
Cc: Jim Parajon <
Sent: Monday, March 5, 2012 11:24 AM
Subject: FW: Lynn Smith Strong odor
Jim asked that I follow up with you regarding the e-mail below.  Our Inspector visited the Lynn Smith site on 3/1/12 and spoke with the site’s field service technician who noted that the site is in the last days of flowback and the substance venting into the air from the frac tank was steam.  Our Inspector conducted an odor survey around the perimeter of the site and no odors were noted.
As noted in the FD incident report to us from their 3/3/12 response, they also made contact with a worker near the well head who informed them that “the well was not a producing well” and that the odor was “stale water being purged from the well head and that there was no hazard”.  Per the incident report, FD detected no smell in or around the pad when they arrived.  There was also no obvious leak or noise in or around the well pad.  They followed up by making contact with the person who called 911.
Per Facebook an overseas fractivist wrote,….
“This is the reply I got from Julie H Wilson:
Our staff has investigated your concern and is happy to report there are no issues. The “vapor” you see from the tanks on this site is steam from hot water. We are in the period call “flowback” when water from deep within the earth is returning to the surface and being temporarily stored in the on-site tanks until it is cool enough to be disposed of. The water is in excess of 160 degrees, which causes the steam. Despite the alarming stories that are unfortunately sometimes circulated, we can assure you there are no harmful emissions to worry about. As you can see in your own video, we have workers on-site at all times during this operation to assure all is well and will have for the duration of the flowback operation … probably another week.”
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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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