Before I threw my name in the hat and let go of $100 towards my son’s braces, I interviewed most of the men running to see if we could expect more of the “blindly blessing drill sites mantra” of the existing council.
Rick Collins admitted he was not a drilling expert and said that drilling should not be allowed just anywhere and should be away from people. He felt that the drillers needed to participate in full chemical disclosures of fracking fluids. I asked him if he felt the 600 ft set back was adequate and what to do about the numerous sites where that has been violated, and he responded that a rigorous “sniffer” technology exists that sniffs one thousand times better than a blood hound and how that technology should be mandatory for those living and working closer than code…too bad Rick dropped out because the rest of the boys in the game that I interviewed (Ron Smith, & Bill Verkest), are pro drilling and see no issues of unnecessary public risk.
I did speak to Charlie Parker‘s wife who said Charlie was for urban drilling and couldn’t speak to me at the moment-they were in Arizona at the Rangers Training Camp…When I called Cliff Richardson, I got the recording that he works at Taneska (in the related natural gas industry), and so I didn’t even bother to leave a message.
I have yet to interview Karl Warren and Ben Bruce. I was thankful to the candidates for their time and grateful for their ear when I gave them instances of past emission events in neighborhoods like when the electric NG Compressor Station lost power and affected two drill sites where both well’s auto shut in failed.
I also complained about how I know of two instances where the TCEQ investigators notated their own health effects responding to odor events when their hand held devices recorded VOC’s “off the charts”. Two readings that I know about like that were at 1.1 and 1.2 million parts per billion, and yet both their suma canister air samples taken 1) didn’t screen for methane losses and 2) both tests came back no violations.…so if the state investigators can suffer health effects, but no changes are made via violations/fines, then residents are
A) being legally exposed even if they are to suffer health effects and
B) have no legal recourse but to co-exist or move away.
That is not what Arlington residents, schools, churches and businesses deserve (for signing away their minerals).
Urban drilling should be more regulated/costly (best technology) to implement because much more is at stake if (when) things go wrong.