TX State Dept of Health will not attend conference on frack silica dust rail transport

UPDATE……. I asked if the DSHS would attend this conference 
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: “Mokry,Brenda (DSHS)” <Brenda.Mokry@dshs.state.tx.us>
To: kim feil
Sent: Tue, July 3, 2012 8:55:46 AM
Subject: RE: Brenda can a rep attend this conference to ask Q about safety of open rail frack silic sand dust going through our towns?


I’m sorry but we don’t have funds for this conference.




Brenda J. Mokry


Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Registries Section

Texas Department of State Health Services


Phone: 512-776-3606

Tollfree: 1-800-252-8059




From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:52 AM
To: Mokry,Brenda (DSHS)
Subject: Brenda can a rep attend this conference to ask Q about safety of open rail frack silic sand dust going through our towns?


September 27-28, 2012

This conference is response to the sudden challenge being faced by U.S. petroleum and natural gas exploration companies who are using emerging fracing techniques throughout North America. The sudden increase in demand for silica sand has resulted in the supply constraints and logistics problems. Truck and rail are being used and the volume has put an enormous strain on the supply of tank cars and available tank trucks. This conference is organized to help bring together the sand suppliers, exploration companies, rig operators, crude producers, the rail companies, truckers, barges, and those who provide technology solutions to help develop a more efficient supply chain.

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Who Should Attend?

Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus and other crude & NG Producers
Sand Producers & Suppliers
Big Rail & Short Line Rail Providers
Supply Chain Consultants
Logistics Companies
Trucking Companies
Barge Companies
Technology Providers
Sand Supply Developers
Rail Car Suppliers
Economic Development Representatives
Government Officials
Infrastructure Investors & Lenders



Kim Feil

“Prosperie,Susan (DSHS)” <Susan.Prosperie@dshs.state.tx.us>
Date: May 29, 2012 2:20:18 PM CDT
To: “‘kimfeil@sbcglobal.net'” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: “Mokry,Brenda (DSHS)” <Brenda.Mokry@dshs.state.tx.us>, “Ellerbee,Tom (DSHS)” <Tom.Ellerbee@dshs.state.tx.us>
Subject: FW: Brenda, follow up on request for Barnett shale health study – other areas are undertaking this study even as money is being pulled away
Ms. Feil:
Concerns from people such as yourself who live in close proximity to drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and flowback[1] have been brought to the attention of public health agencies both at the state and federal levels.  Recently we participated in a workshop sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Centers for Environmental Health (CDC ATSDR/NCEH) and George Washington University on Public Health and the Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing/Natural Gas development.  Additionally, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) just held a workshop in Washington on the Health Impact Assessments of New Energy Sources: Shale Gas Extraction at which the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) participated.
While we will continue to monitor the recommendations put forth by the CDC, we do not have current plans or resources to conduct a health study in the Barnett Shale. In 2010 we tested people living in and near DISH, Texas, a town over the Barnett Shale, to assess if community-wide exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) was occurring.  We collected blood, urine, and tap water samples from 28 voluntary participants and had the samples tested for volatile organic compounds (including benzene) by the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) laboratory. Though only a ‘snapshot’ in time, at least for the chemicals we tested the results were not consistent with community-wide exposures.
It is the efforts of people such as yourself that has brought this issue to the attention of public health agencies. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association[2] briefly describes some of the issues and viewpoints related to hydraulic fracturing and states that the “…US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has yet to investigate potential harms, although Christopher J. Portier, PhD, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, has called for such study in published news reports.”
I encourage you to continue reporting your concerns to the TCEQ and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially the issue you raised about benzene and other chemicals being released into the air during the process of connecting wells to separators and pipelines.
•           The TCEQ can be contacted toll-free at 1-888-777-3186, you can use TCEQ’s online form to report air issues, or you can e-mail TCEQ at cmplaint@tceq.texas.gov.  They respond to complaints about odors and emissions from oil and natural gas activities in the Barnett Shale that are currently occurring and constitute an imminent threat to public health and safety.
•           The EPA can be contacted toll free at 1-877-919-4372 or by email at eyesondrilling@epa.gov
Susan L. Prosperie, MS, RS, Manager
Exposure Assessment, Surveillance, Toxicology, and Fluoridation Group MC1964
Texas Department of State Health Services
PO BOX 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Telephone: 512.776.6704
Fax: 512.458.7222
Blackberry: 512.289.5618
From: Kim Feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 10:57 AM
To: Mokry,Brenda (DSHS)
Cc: charles.davis@chk.comAskChesapeake@chk.comaubrey.mcclendon@chk.com
Subject: Brenda, follow up on request for Barnett shale health study – other areas are undertaking this study even as money is being pulled away
Importance: High
There is a running list (over 200) and growing* of health effects claimed from close proximity to drilling/fracking on this link….. http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2012/05/list-of-the-harmed/
The Colorado air study shows those living within 1/2 mile have a greater risk especially during well completion (2/3 times the hydrocarbons).
I live within 1/2 mile of three wells that are about to be fracked and flowed back near the Cowboy Stadium and I am terrified for my family’s exposure. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!
I feel that my two years of full time, hard work and even running for City Council have not made a difference in how to make us safer near drilling….I cannot get my city health officer to return my calls or emails.
Chesapeake has been unresponsive to my attempts at contacting them.
The RRC and TCEQ allows this open venting of flowback, and so we turn to the DSHS for them to do their jobs…our tax money demands you prove we are safe.
I am demanding that the drillers flowback into closed containers with scrubbers.
If they canNOT $$ afford to flowback safely near people, they should not be in our airshed!
Our greatest risk is the time that they flowback a well until the time they connect it to the separators/pipeline.
It is unacceptable to allow BTEX and fracking chemicals to be volatilizing in my family’s airshed.
The recent Colleyville air studies proved that there are 6-9 times the benzene from the ATSDR MLR (2 week) standard of 9 ppb during flowback.   Our dry gas HAS BTEX.
Here is a video on this link from my blog that I took of two people I interviewed during an end war protest claiming health effects from drilling… I also met a lady in her 50’s having extreme nosebleeds at UTA near drilling.

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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