Drill Baby Drill or more like Kill Baby Kill? Arlington health effects near urban drilling recapped


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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: John Rath <jrfree49@yahoo.com>; Sharon Wilson <sharson@gmail.com>; Sharon Wilson <txsharon.blog@gmail.com>; Calvin Tillman <tillman4council@aol.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: seeking input for speech completed message John RAth
John, my story will not focus on my son and how the drillers will never be able to prove that they did not cause his ten day lethargy event with dilated eyes & symptoms mimicking those affected in the gulf coast BP spill. I believe he was exposed during a cooling inversion the day he played in the snow back in junior high. At that time we were less than a mile away from the UTArlington and its secret compressor station back in 2010.
Nor will I focus on a senior in high school living with anxiety & depression near a padsite in Arlington. It is unspeakable that his high school counselor had legal obligations to tell his parents last year to lock up any guns in the home because he admitted to visualizing killing his parents first so as to spare them from having to bury him from suicide. Nope the drillers will never admit that toxins can cause hormonal disturbances and mental illness issues.
In retrospect, I think the cumulative effect of living and working near the cancer alley refineries in Louisiana when I was in my twenties laid dormant in my body. I had no problems until those toxins reared up to overload status once the Urban Drilling commenced in Arlington almost two decades later. But I won’t talk about how my chronic sinus condition went away when I moved from the refineries only to have them flare up on the days when the rig was up in my neighborhood AND the winds were not in my favor. I told my council members that I am the canary in the Arlington gas patch mine fields, but they have a different agenda than that of the precautionary principle.
As the Arlington shale gas canary, it took me nine months seeing a nutritionist to detox. I had to free myself from the sudden arthritis of July of 2012 when the rig was up. It was no fun losing my grip in both hands and not being able to straighten my painful elbows. As a former dancer, it was humbling to walk with a limp from a painful hip that kept me from sleep at night. My tightly clenched jaw and uncontrollable eyebrow twitch was unnerving too. But I wasn’t alone, my teen had horrible sinus flareups and once we both experienced shoulder muscle twitching at the same time.
John I really want my story however to dwell on the events of Jan 30 and 31 of 2013. It was then when Chesapeake was drilling out the plugs and ready to finally put the Bobcat 1H well into production.  I was in my home with the windows and doors closed and speaking with my mother-in-law when we both smelled it at the same time. Its strange how your brain tries to process an odor that you’ve never experienced before and try to give it a name. Because it burnt my eyes, I associated it with ammonia and therefore cat urine and ran to see if any cats were under my pier & beam home. That night my Missouri bred mother-in-law as she would say…”took a cold”. She is rarely sick I must add. The following day I was filming “my” drill site on my way home from Walmart when I drove into that same odor and realized what I smelled the day before wasn’t feline related.
This link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbINPU2zSKo#t=212 is of me interviewing workers across the street from the ATT Cowboys Stadium. I also visited the office of an apartment complex downwind of the drill site in our Entertainment District. Others spoke of being dizzy, having headaches, getting a cold/fever in breathing in those unnameable odors that came from the bowels of the earth. I blogged about how others I had not interviewed were sickened too.
An Open Records Request  revealed that TCEQ, five firetrucks, and one ambulance were dispatched. It occurred to me that at the very least the media would’ve printed a smidgen of this “odor event”.  And it occurred to me that at the very least our good city would’ve at least cited Chesapeake with a nuisance violation since one of the odor complaints was almost two miles away….but all I could do was blog about it…I saw that a few Cowboys football players started following me on twitter…I guess they smelled it too?
The story ends badly because during that well completion, my teen was getting the rashes. And by May of 2013, the swollen lymph nodes on my husband’s neck was diagnosed as unknown primary squamous cell carcinoma.
The couple living next door to the north of me had 2013 health events too. In April the husband had a triple bypass surgery, and the wife had her diabetic leg amputated three months later. My 46 year old next door neighbor to the east of me died of COPD after the drilling of one more well in Dec 2013. Three days earlier the 38 year old tenant who was 800 feet away from the Bobcat 1H committed suicide on 1/13/2014.
Before Urban Drilling came to Arlington TX I never had nose bleeds. Right now my face is so tired from a clenched jaw…it must be time to detox again…
One thing is certain in my mind and that is the drillers will never be able to prove they do NOT cause health issues and young deaths.

From: John Rath <jrfree49@yahoo.com>
To: “kimfeil@sbcglobal.net” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>; Sharon Wilson <sharson@gmail.com>; Sharon Wilson <txsharon.blog@gmail.com>; Calvin Tillman <tillman4council@aol.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:10 AM
Subject: Re: seeking input for speech completed message John RAth

John Rath

From: John Rath <jrfree49@yahoo.com>
To: “kimfeil@sbcglobal.net” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>; Sharon Wilson <sharson@gmail.com>; Sharon Wilson <txsharon.blog@gmail.com>; Calvin Tillman <tillman4council@aol.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 10:01 AM
Subject: seeking input for speech on fracking to college students John RAth

Hello Kim, Sharon and Calvin:
I have moved from Grapevine, TX having been very involved with that city council to resist/thwart/regulate the natural gas drilling activity.  My son and I now live in Buffalo, NY where I am involved with the Sierra Club to keep the ban on fracking intact.  On 11/18, I will be speaking to college students and local citizens about the realities of fracking and thought the more I can personalize the message the better it would help them understand. (I have 10 minutes at the microphone) I know each of you has a story (or many) that could help me get the message across to them.  My experience has been dealing with land men, being the lead against fracking in my local homeowners group(Grapevine), testifying at public meetings, lobbying against the process with Grapevine city council members,  being a member of Downwinders at Risk and in Amherst,NY speaking to the town council about the situation in TX.
Here’s my request if you have time:(sorry I hit the send key by mistake)
 Could you give me a description from your personal involvement that you feel would highlight just one negative aspect of fracking?  If it involves your family (as I know Calvin’s and Kim’s experience does) and you would be willing to share it please do.  The way I will probably present it is something like “My fellow anti fracking activists in Texas send this message to you”.

Thanks in advance for your help on this. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.Thanks also for your ongoing leadership against fracking.

John Rath
817 442-8418

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update….watch personal testimony from two Arlington residents on emission event last December…

Symptoms: Disoriented, dizzy, & nauseated within a few seconds of odor, lingering headache hours afterwards

http://arlingtontx.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2  Select Dec 6 2011 evening meeting, go to 1:09:17 thru 1:17:45 of City Council meeting to watch testimonies.


You only need to scroll down this blog to see videos of Arlington mining activities where effluents are visibly blowing off the padsites. During fracking, the proppants flying around are said to be silicia and can cause lung disease. NIOSH is releasing a study and found that one third of the drill sites studied had silica 10 times the threshold and one reading as high as 137 times the exceedance. During flowback, white clouds of BTEX mixed in with the “steam” is venting into open tanks and should not be exposed to the atmosphere.

Just in Arlington, I have many health issue reports and antidotal incidences with rashes, cronic allergies,asthma, 10 day BP like symptoms (my own son!), 40 & 20 minute nose bleed gushers at the Community Gardens at UTA (Jan & Feb 2012), three times a day nosebleeds on Spitfire Lane down wind from the Arlington Compressor Station where two members from one family went to the ER four times in November 2010 for respiratory issues.

Near Debbie Lane, Matlock & Turner Warnell, a 20 year old male has brain lesions and seisures that can no longer drive. You can view that testimony 

I have two TCEQ ACL reports 1108073 & 1108078 where the investigators had health effects, and yet air sampling came back clean. FYI report 1108073 had a Toxic Vapor Analyzer reading of 1,229,000 ppb near Camp Thurman last August, and incident report 151697 had a TVA VOC reading of 1,140,000 ppb by my son’s school on March 4, 2011.
By the time they finished fracking five wells there  Jr High, my son’s doctor said he was asthmatic.
Within two months of fracking, the Spec Ed teacher died of an aneurysm.
By the summer, the Music Teacher was diagnosed with 4th stage bone cancer (she also lives down wind to the Arlington Compressor Station).
I don’t like connecting the dots to health effects but they are there. I was told that there has been 6 cases of pancreatic cancer in one neighborhood near Park Springs and Calender Rd. That is the same area where SWAPO reports that the landman are trying to secure more leases for that area.

From asthma, headaches to muscle twitches, to an Arlington event where the stale flowback fluids caused instant and severe nauesea & disorentation and breathing difficulty to the point of vomiting and accompanied by a high blood pressure that EMT’s had to assist with, to repeated events of face and sinus “pain” when sitting at the same red light and being exposed to Chesapeake “steam” …what these issues all have in common is proximity to active times of mining for natural gas in Arlington.

Then there are the SE Arlington health effects, severe headaches, nose bleeds, muscle  loss blood disorder/rushed to the hospitalization of a little girl, anemias, and reported human deaths (two people) during first? well completion near the Fulson site by Sublett and 360. There are two teenage boys that were hospitalized with unexplainted high fevers that live near drilling that have gone undiagnosed.

There was a cat that vomited when its owner drove by a compressor station in DWG and two to four dead chickens that I am aware of that live downwind of mining activities. Folks what you cannot see or smell can hurt you…urban drilling is for mannequins that don’t breathe.

These are not all of my Arlington reports. Lets not forget about the teen on Tiffany Lane diagnosed with leukemia also surrounded by pad sites near lake Arlington.

The only City Council members that should serve Arlington residents are those that vow to end urban drilling near people. In a nutshell, drilling right includes 1-3 mile setback, no venting, no airborne particulates, and no diseal fumes in neighborhoods.

Here is a recent DISH TX quote from the new mayor that it is apparant that residents there have been hurt, he says……

“There’s not a lot of residents right around this facility. But within a quarter of a mile, half a mile of this facility, there’s been six people die of cancer here,” he says. “And so do I think this is a concern? Yes I do.”

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Here is the updated  List of the Harmed Compiled for PACWA by J. Lisak


Click HERE for…..

“more harmed” list…..

Jana DeGrand

March 19, 2012 at 9:05 am Texas http://www.texassharon.com/2012/03/13/emerging-concern-are-gas-patch-residents-at-greater-risk-of-heart-attack/

I am almost 1 year out from my heart attack. I was 50, clear arteries, and no blockages when I was flown in for an emergency cath. I had a coronary spasm and was diagnosed with a “rare” condition called Prinzmetal’s angina. Apparently cigarette smoke and things like it can cause coronary spasms, which can partially to completely shut down your coronary artery, luckily, mine cleared. Interesting note Sharon, my doctor could not regulate my blood pressure at all in February 2011, changing meds 4 times, hmmm??? I am NE of Argyle Central & the Wright site.

Frustrated in Karnes March 23, 2012 at 3:56 pmhttp://www.texassharon.com/2012/03/13/emerging-concern-are-gas-patch-residents-at-greater-risk-of-heart-attack/

Upsetting for me to read all of these comments. I am in Karnes City,TX. My family and I had been enjoying our life down FM 99 until Marathon Oil Co. arrived. We to have headaches,my doctor is still trying to control my BP, the dust is so heavy that we sometimes rinse our eyes out,the noise,trash,loss of privacy due to a road on our neighbor’s property that she ensured would run beside and behind our home causing us to continually be dusted, the burning gas towers, drilling,shaking of our home, my son gets nosebleeds from dry weather, now they come several times a week, we sneeze, our dogs sneeze, everyday becomes worse!!! We have 24/7 traffic noise and pollution. I wrote the company. Doubt if they’ll reply. We no longer wish to live here,inhaling their toxins,but are stuck here. My close neighbor is recovering from cancer and wishes to move,but his mother,recovering from a stroke, says she’s too old to move from her long time home. People like us are forced to deal with our lives being destroyed. Has anyone out there written and received a reply from Marathon?

Fish Creek Neighbor March 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

During the drilling, fracking, flowback, and completion phase of the Fulson well in Arlington, TX from December 2010-February 2011, many residents, myself included, were complaining of headaches and extreme fatigue and exhaustion. One neighbor’s doctor was baffled because fluid was discovered around her heart. Another neighbor reported that she had a headache that lasted for three weeks, and that prescription meds would not make it go away. That February, around the time they were getting that well into production, there were two known deaths on one street located less than 2,000 feet from that pad site. One was a three-year old boy and the other was a man of about 60. Since I lived through all of this, I know in my gut that drilling activity was the cause of these ill health effects, but to a court, it might appear anectodal. Unfortunately, big death clusters will have to occur before we can concretely prove all of this.


Connee Robertson permalink

March 3, 2012 10:45 pm

I live in Cleburne County, Arkansas..They have been fracking all over this county for a few years now..our wells have either run dry or gone bad. Animals have gotten sick..I lost a horse when they began fracking on the property that I have them on. I forced them to fence off the water pit they put in..They are ruining what was once one of the prettiest areas of the Ozarks and they want to frack under our lake here..where we get all of our drinking water from..This is a nightmare. I was the only one who stood up against them when they came into our county. Now, everyone wants them gone. Nightmare!! We had the best drinking water in the whole country at one time..not now.



Fracking Fluids Enter Aquifers

http://thedailyreview.com/news/residents-dozens-of-wells-in-bradford-county-have-been-contaminated-1.1129833  Towanda resident Diane Siegmund, who has been a local activist on environmental issues, and Sheshequin Township resident Carol French told the commissioners that between 70 to 100 households in Bradford County have had their water wells contaminated by gas drilling.

Safeguards Are Not Preventing Contamination From Injected Oil and Gas Wastes  http://www.gao.gov/products/RCED-89-97

there were 206 spills in Colorado connected to or suspected in 48 cases of water contamination. Since 2003, there have been around 300 cases. Posted 1/2011

Read more: Fears of tainted water well up in western Colorado – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/ci_13535728#ixzz1tg5FCfE1

in the Woodlands community, 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. People in at least 10 householdshave complained of suddenly discolored and smelly water and unexplained illnesses…http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/pennsylvania-gas-wells-had-casing-failures-in-water-pollution-complaint-area-1.267202

More than 100 animal deaths reported.

OSHA gas drilling casualties http://www.owsstopfracking.org/2011/12/osha-reported-casualties.html#more

Below is  the other assorted cases and questions  http://angerandcourage.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/the-harmed-the-sickened-the-dead-and-the-disappeared/




More than 100 animal deaths reported.

Gas Workers: Injuries and Fatalities Compiled by OSHA


Elevated risk of heart attacks?

March 19, 2012 at 9:05 amhttp://www.texassharon.com/2012/03/13/emerging-concern-are-gas-patch-residents-at-greater-risk-of-heart-attack/

A survey done in one Barnett Shale community revealed an alarming trend: during emission events people with no prior history of heart problems had heart attacks caused by inflammation of the heart tissue. These cases are “anecdotal” but the one thing the four residents had in common prior to their heart attacks was exposure to drilling toxics during an emissions event.

How many more to be sick or dead if groundwater is contaminated?


Fracking Fluids Enter Aquifers

Safeguards Are Not Preventing Contamination From Injected Oil and Gas Wastes  


70 to 100 households in Bradford County have had their water wells contaminated by gas drilling.


Fears of tainted water well up in western Colorado – The Denver Post


206 spills in Colorado connected to or suspected in 48 cases of water contamination. Since 2003, there have been around 300 cases.

In the Woodlands community, 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, people in at least 10 households have complained of suddenly discolored and smelly water and unexplained illnesses



UPDATE UPDATE>>>Here is yet another list from a West Virginia blogger.


“Brian Norberg and his family in Prairie Farm, 137 miles northwest of Tunnel City, paid the ultimate price: he died while trying to mobilize the community against Procore, a subsidiary of the multinational oil and gas corporation Sanjel….1,500 acres the family has farmed for a century….Brian quickly enlisted family and neighbors in an organizing effort against the company. In June 2011, Procore filed a reclamation plan – the first step in the permitting process – with the county’s land and water conservation department. Brian rushed to the county office to request a public hearing, but returned dejected and depressed. “He felt completely defeated that he could not protect the community from them moving in and destroying our lives,” recalls Lisa.

He died of a heart attack less than a day later at the age of 52. The family is convinced his death was a result of the stress caused by the conflict. That stress is certainly all too real.”

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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