UPDATE…THE ARLINGTON CITY COUNCIL DECIDED TO VOTE FOR THE UPGRADE REQUESTED BY THE FIRE CHIEF TO CHARGE THE DRILLERS A PERMIT FEE THAT PAYS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO RESPOND TO DRILLING EMERGENCIES. YEAH!!
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.
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From: TXsharonDate: March 5, 2012 6:44:53 PM CSTTo: Kim FeilCc: “Dr. Robert Cluck” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Robert Rivera <email@example.com>, Robert Shepard <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jimmy Bennett <email@example.com>, “Kathryn.Wilemon@arlingtontx.gov” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Lana Wolff <email@example.com>, Sheri Capeharts <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Don Crowson <email@example.com>, Jim Self <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Joe Morris <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Arlington Watches <email@example.com>, “www.ArlingtonVoice.com LLC” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Susan Schrock <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ian Urbina <email@example.com>,AskChesapeake@chk.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.comSubject: Re: Lynn Smith Drillsite Strong odor/video-audio/responsesThe 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 EnvironmentSharon Wilson, Organizer
EARTHWORKS’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project
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