Formaldehyde just won’t go away in Barnett Shale Hell / though Handley looking good

    • EVEN THOUGH THE NEARBY HANDLEY POWERPLANT (see in left center of picture) improved emissions, unknown is how they mix with NG Compressor Station emissions…..our air is a toxic concoction needing to be de-mystified!

      If only the drillers can find out how the Handley Power Station, facility# 3491 reduced their emissions…… …..go to instructions, get maps and reports, type in your zip/interactive map, to see the


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      Posted 24 July 2008 – 01:42 PM Brian Luenser wrote… “Couldn’t resist attaching this pic of the Handley Power Plant. I also have a few old time post cards. Not sure if I have any not already posted here. This photo was taken on Sunday afternoon with my new lens. 400mm plus 2X all times 1.6 as it is a 24mm format camera (Canon Rebel XSi) so 1280mm worth on a pretty sturdy tripod. Taken from my balcony on 34 of the Tower.”

      HUGE IMPROVEMENT in EPA figures

      YEAR      SO2        NOX
      1997    33 tons   4,774 tons
      1998    12 tons   4,871 tons
      1999    13 tons    3,301 tons
      2000 141 tons    3,684 tons
      2001   48 tons    2,005 tons
      2002    8 tons     2,022 tons
      2003   10 tons        937 tons
      2004    4 tons        211 tons
      2005     3 tons         61 tons     TCEQ PBR application amts

      2006     3 tons         59 tons        24.00 tpy

      2007     2 tons         21 tons         37.85 tpy
      2008     2 tons         29 tons
      2009     2 tons         39 tons
      2010      1 tons         46 tons
      2011       3 tons         56 tons

I am concerned however that Handley’s info the EPA has doesn’t match up with the company disclosed info below……..

Here is the company disclosed info on 2005, 2006 & 2007 emissions …

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Here is 2007, 2008 & 2009….

And here is 2010, 2011 & 2012

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But never fear Exelon is now entering into the renewables market…yeah…

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We need the mobile air monitoring van from Austin  to measure formaldehyde downwind of these compressor stations during blowdown events.  I bet (based on the Crosstex maintence schedule below) that the industry figures that each engine may need to be maintained once a week… thats alot!

In the first pic of this blog of the compressor station (next to Exelon), my guess is that the BSEEC sponsored Titan air study ACCIDENTLY captured an unplanned blowdown (maintenance) emission event at the Lake Arlington Compressor Station a few years ago with high formaldehyde (127ppb) and carbonyl sulfide (130) readings.

The City of Ft Worth posted on their website a followup on the one million dollar ERG air study. There was a problem with the estimated emissions on those (large line) compressor engines because ERG failed to figure in the emission control devices.
On the recheck on August 1 2011 for the Bailey/Boswell site, I was discouraged to find…..
1) Ref report#944873 they let them know in advance in July when they were coming.
     When they got there, one compresser unit was OFF = strike #1
2) They (the FLIR camera) found a stuck open dump valve on a tank and TVA max recording was 100 ppm (not sure if taken after the fix) but a call into TCEQ with Robin who told me that the inspectors leave the machine on when they get there, so that the maximum reading (as it states is how she “infers” that this reading) was before the dump valve was closed.
When I tried to speak to Jessica Mock and Brian Yerkes…they both had moved on in their careers-
HOW CONVENIENT! = strike #2
3) no violations found = strike 3!
As for the Crosstex compressor station under a standard permit#75004, they reported 52 planned MSS blowdowns per engine (times about 12 engines?) HOLY HUNKSNOT!
This investigation was also “prescheduled”. During the inspection, TCEQ did not use (or report) TVA (toxic vapor analyser) readings, but did specify an areaRAE machine reading which is not sensitive enough to read at parts per billion which is what our fire dept. uses. Our local and state governments need to start using a ppbRAE machine.
And for Railhead Barnett Gathering Compressor Station in Ft Worth, who is under an honor system PBR, also had forewarnings  via a  “scheduled” investigation  passed their recheck too. Surely they would never plan a blowdown during one of these inspections!!!!!!!!!
It is worth noting that over the last year that 3 of our TCEQ Barnett Shale Investigators have moved on in their career..
Kigun Hong…….unknown
Jessica Mock… at airport
Jessica Minley…works in gas drilling dept. for City of Arlington
Brian Yerkes… now for Quick Silver
At the RRC in our Kilgore Office, Mike O’Quinn went to work for the industry too.
update 9/9/13 I asked if any aldehydes were tested for in our drinking water and here is the repsonse….

Ms. Feil,

The State monitors for Carbon Disulfide at the treatment plants on an annual basis.   We do not test for aldehydes.

Darryl Westbrook | Assistant Director/Business Services |Arlington Water Utilities | (817) 459-6601

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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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One Response to Formaldehyde just won’t go away in Barnett Shale Hell / though Handley looking good

  1. bigstockplays says:

    Dangerous chemical formaldehyde can do without it.

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