Here is the letter I sent to the Arlington Health Officer, Cynthia Simmons, asking for Home Rule protection for my family from Chesapeake allowing flowback to vent to the airshed prior to their planned Green Completion. The City of Colleyville’s air testing showed Benzene (60 ppb on one graph) and other toxins higher than what the citizen funded air tests found. Our dry gas DOES have harmful amounts of Benzene!
The high levels of Nitric Oxide found during the initial fracking phase is also a threat in that it is highly reactive to other chemicals and is a precursor to smog and acid rain and not what we need in a “nonattainment to ozone” area. Ozone is a “corrosive to the lung” gas. Ozone will eat your rubber bands……leave an open box by the homes near (and far from) the drill sites this summer to see what happens.
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Subject: Need Cynthia Simmons to halt Chesapeake work at 310 N Collins to prevent ATSDR Benzene standard violation proven in ColleyvilleDear Health Officer Simmons, the recent citizen funded, TCEQ lab test company approved, Colleyville air test during fracking and flowback show proof positive that the white clouds of STEAM, contain at least BTEX.What I believe those suma canisters do NOT test for are fracking chemicals, NORM (analytes), and the (corrosive to the canisters) aldehydes. http://www.epa.gov/region9/qa/pdfs/aircrf.pdf
In speaking with state toxicologist, Shannon Ethridge, about the (two week) air testing done in Colleyville, she told me that since the state’s Air Monitoring Comparison Values is a longterm annual exposure average, she could not compare them to the state AMCV values. Instead she gave me the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s acute 14 day Mimimal Risk Level of 9 ppb Benzene . Since the highest recording during flowback in Colleyville for Benzene was 85 parts per billion, that represents an exceedance over 9 times the ATSDR standard. The drilling permits the mayor signs off on is based on NOT being a public health hazard. Now that we have this information, I am counting on the other branches of local government (Cynthia Simmons) to step in and protect my family and order Chesapeake to NOT frack or flowback the Truman well at Collins & Division in early June 2012 as planned until they can flow back into negative pressure “closed” tanks (using scrubbers), or else prove that BTEX will not be in our airshed above the 14 day ATSDR for Benzene.Our gas drilling ordinance does not specify that flowback go into CLOSED tanks. This is an oversight in our ordinance that creates a public health issue.Arlington’s Gas Drilling Ordinance, Section 5.01 E…2) at no time shall the well be allowed to flow or vent directly to the atmosphere without first directing the flow through separation equipment or into a portable tank.We already have had an Arlington resident have health effects from flowback that I notified the city on https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/slammed-with-sudden-nausea-from-flowback-odors-business-womans-blood-pressure-soars-after-vomiting/
I have asked for Cynthia’s help back on March 11th and have not heard back as to how we can get a health study item on the agenda since the three year Colorado air study showed alarming increased cancer risks to those living near drilling.
In light of the recent Colleyville air test results, I am directly asking for Home Rule city official intervention in the interest of public health.
Kim Feil, North ArlingtonCity Council Candidate————————————————————————-