Arlington Chamber Thwarting Public Safety over Commerce?

I like how the Mayor asked the Chesapeake guy to clarify what he meant by not wanting an adversarial relationship… hah!
The Chamber’s request to council to table tonight’s vote regarding the proposed Fire Department’s upgrade for drilling preparedness is inappropriate and will stall the needed protections the citizens deserve.
Here is my response letter to them…
Please be advised of recent health effects being reported during the flowback activities at the drillsite at Division and Bowen. When they fracked at this site in December, not only did the owner claim it cracked her foundation in half, the crude/diesel odors sickened her employee and offended customers on one of her busiest selling days before Christmas.

I have blind copied three other people from Arlington who have personally attested to have been sickened by these drill sites’ noxious odors. I myself had to drive through a white sewery odor near an active drill site by the highway a few weeks ago and was coughing uncontrollably and had other health effects. Even 20 minutes later, I couldn’t finish my sentences.Just this morning at 7:20 am at Cooper and Division, I witnessed a huge, black, tall, sustained plume of smoke and recognized that it wasn’t a fire, but was probably a drilling rig’s exhaust.  

Chamber should be the strong arm for our city, not a cheerleader for an industry that is driven by market conditions based on the price of natural gas. It is up to our leadership to give the public the confidence that they are not being sacrificed to the whims of an industry that can be boom or bust overnight. We, the citizens and the business owners have a more permanent interest in the livability of the city and being able to attract talented workers. 
During the Rush Creek public testimony, a physician manager spoke of the dwindling talent pool of applicants for anesthesiologists that did not want to move into our town because it was becoming industrialized. 
Please stay informed about what the people want and not what the drillers want.
Below is a recent letter from Texas Sharon with the Oil and Gas Accountability Project to Arlington City Council offering to assist them so they can make better decisions in the interest of public health.  If Arlington gets a bad reputation like Louisiana’s refinery towns being called “Cancer Alley”, then it will be hard to attract new businesses and family’s to move into the area.
Begin forwarded message:
From: TXsharon
Date: March 5, 2012 6:44:53 PM CST
To: Kim Feil
Subject: Re: Lynn Smith Drillsite Strong odor/video-audio/responses
The claim that the flowback is only water or steam is irresponsible. Chesapeake makes these claims because they are cutting corners and are not using the latest technology available.  Please let me know if you are interested in hearing from a scientist regarding what flowback can contain. I can set up a conference call.Continuing to ignore this issue is irresponsible and harms the citizens in Arlington. The longer these problems are ignored, the stronger the opposition grows. In my experience, people are not unreasonable. They only want some expectation that they will not be sickened from these chemicals.–

=== EARTHWORKS:  Protecting Communities and the Environment
Sharon Wilson, Organizer
EARTHWORKS’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project
twitter: earthworksrocks, txsharon

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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