NIOSH found 10 times silica exposure limits at drill sites / Erionite warning

UPDATE Sept 2014

Thanks Vera for this newly released video shot 2014-09-06 at 3.21.48 PM Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 3.22.03 PM Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 3.22.15 PM Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 3.22.40 PM

update Jan 2014…now there is this erionite gravel dust that is said to not yet be regulated, yet can be more dangerous tha other regulated particulates. Yes and the drilling industry and other trucks is kicking it up in certain areas and risking an epidemic of latent lung disease.

update…Sierra Club wants people to turn in health effects and here is my related story to this topic…

The video is how the cloud looked as we helplessly drove into it at

Grapevine, TX 76051 around 8:15 pm on February 8, 2012. Harriet Rast and David Darding were also in the car with me.  We were exposed to a white, sewery smelling cloud of something that immediately made my throat junk up and I had to keep clearing my throat for the next few days. I remember us all coughing.  Harriet had to direct me into the proper lane cause I was confused and immediately disoriented. Even after we dropped David off in south Arlington, I still could not finish my sentences. The next day I felt achy-like I had the flu, and my heart felt like it was off beat for about three days. END UPDATE


Here is a video of a ground flare job with flying ash (moon dust), a letter about flying silica frack sand, and a possible solution to the silica problem…….

From: Kim Feil <>
Date: May 4, 2012 9:28:50 AM CDT
To: “Eric J. (CDC/NIOSH/OD) Esswein” <>
Cc: “Dr. Robert Cluck” <>, Robert Shepard <>, Robert Rivera <>, Jimmy Bennett <>, Lana Wolff <>, “” <>, Sheri Capeharts <>, Jim Parajon <>, Collin Gregory <>, Don Crowson <>,,,, Trey Yelverton <>, Jay Doegey <>, Stuart Young <>,,

Subject: NIOSH fracking silica issue hazard without doubt/remedy offered by citizen

“He took air samples from workers and near wellheads, to test for contaminants, and found elevated levels of silica most places. In about one-third of the samples, he said, silica levels were more than 10 times recommendations.” 

Mr Esswein, I am looking forward to this summer’s release on the NIOSH study findings. How to I get on a list when it is available?

I have a video taken in Arlington showing flying frack sand.  I personally drove through by a mining operation near an interstate in Lewisville TX a couple of months ago and was exposed to a white sewery smelling cloud of something that immediately made my throat junk up and I had to keep clearing my throat.  My throat felt funny for about three days in addition to other health effects.

Here is the Arlington TX frack job video  where the “socks” were not put on, but even after the socks were put on, still dust was leaving the site during fracking. I have suggested that they “water down” the flying frack sand but do not know if that presents “other” safety risks…do yo know if this is a good remedy to the flying frack sand issue? FYI, the driller did not receive a violation on this issue.  I also read about a non-silica proppant that had radioactive issues.

Chesapeake is to frack two blocks from my home in about 25 days…I’m counting down the days and flipping out really. I spoke to our gas well coordinator yesterday who promised me he would throw my idea out there to Chesapeake because I am hoping they would “try” this out on the Truman drill site near the Cowboy Stadium if it doesn’t pose a harm in getting into Johnson Creek or making a more hazardous condition for the workers, but this is urban drilling and as a mother I say that the citizens health should be a priority.

Eric, if you recall I wrote to you about my husbands dermatologist in Arlington who said business was booming with industry men with “probably the silica exposure causing their rashes”.  I also sent you the video of what one site looks like just after a (frack) flare job.

From: Kim Feil <>
Date: May 4, 2012 11:59:45 AM CDT
To: Don Crowson <>, Jim Self <>, Collin Gregory <>, Jim Parajon <>,,,
Cc: Trey Yelverton <>, “Dr. Robert Cluck” <>, Jay Doegey <>
Bcc: Kim Feil <>
Subject: using chloride amended water for dust control

Don or Jim, who will I be following up with around the first of June in the AFD that will be seeing to it that silica frack dust isn’t flying around by the Cowboy Stadium/Truman drill site?

Or do I have to call 911 if I see it happening?
Collin told me that baseline air testing has already occurred with TCEQ and that Jessica from the Arl gas well dept (who used to be with TCEQ) will be actively monitoring this site too.
Originally, the gas well inspection reports had comments that “due to safety protocol” that they were rescheduling inspections since the sites were “active”. One of the notes I kept read….Lake Arlington drill site June 20 2011 “no inspection due to new wells being placed into production-safety protocol”.
I just want to know who my contact is so I am not bothering 911.

I also want to know who will be asking Chesapeake to use chloride amended water for dust control and what their response is.  If they refuse to will the fire department step up and protect us?

Begin forwarded message:
From: “Esswein, Eric J. (CDC/NIOSH/OD)” <>
Date: May 4, 2012 11:23:40 AM CDT
Subject: Re: NIOSH fracking silica issue hazard without doubt/remedy offered by citizen
Yes. We’ve developed numerous controls one of which is using chloride amended water for dust control Kim. Rgds -eje

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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