23 minutes into this video, Arlington resident, Jane Lynn, and the Occupy folks are in this video. The program shows Arlington City Council in a packed house voting on two drill sites of which the Truman/Cowboy Stadium
was the big loser in being granted the final two permits on the old Special Use Permit (SUP). But it does show how Arlington folks can come together and fight
these as they defeated the Rush Creek drill site in a more affluent neighborhood. Too bad those folks hauled ass after they defeated their gas well in their neighborhood…they didn’t stay to help me fight the one near the Cowboy Stadium by my house-“oh that’s a low income area—they don’t count.”
Dist 1 Councilman Parker wrote in his blog…Tuesday, September 4, 2012Council MeetingThe only real issue that was a little sticky for me this evening was the Truman Drill Zone modification. Originally, it only had 68% approval of the people from 300-600 ft. from the well head. If you have less than 70% it requires a super majority of the city council.
Chesapeake addressed this problem and got 71.4% (my emphasis in bold and in parenthesis-check out these comments…)
the drilling 68% to 71% was done by have on (one) property divided into two plots, then getting both of those votes …
then getting both of those votes …
so 29% within the 600ft did not approve.
not exactly sure what you meant, “they got all of the residents to approve”, but not true as stated.
Anonymous, what I said was that all the residents that were within 300-600 ft from the well head gave Chesapeake their approval. That is a true statement. It was the corporate businesses that were within that area, that were difficult to obtain. The single family residents were all signed.
I replied….but he never posted my comment(s)..
Gee Mr Parker, had I been invited to my own neighborhood meeting on the new SUP last September, maybe I could have fought this (again)
I personally street walked 500 opposing signatures in the immediate area..but these were renters and workers …and those breathers don’t count?
One thing I will not forget is being the messenger to managers and workers in many, many of those affected businesses that this drill site was going to be near them. The notification and participation process is flawed in favor of the driller. Some people own small, adjacent parcels and have multiple votes.
FOX 4 interviewed me in my success to get some waiver rescinds of approval to be within 600 feet. During the tabling per Chesapeakes request, they gerrymandered to make use of some really old waivers previously signed (NOT ON CITY OFFICAL RESCIND PAPERWORK) to offset my rescinds. And in the end, they bought off at least three people that originally were with me in fighting this location.
1)Mr Jacob Kohannim helped me get signatures and even spoke at the council meeting, but was bought off for $12,000
2)And Mr Sandoval, who owns 404 N Collins, said he was offfered around $17,000 – he didn’t want his property devalued with a padsite.
3)Then Chesapeake approached the very tennant that I was successful in getting a rescind on her “old” waiver (NOT ON CITY OFFICIAL RESCIND PAPERWORK). She was an out of state land owner for the duplex at the corner of North and Truman. They obviously paid her off to take back her rescinds – I think she received some stock options, but I have no proof of that. Originally when I informed her of the opportunity to opt out of being within 600 ft she sent her official rescind stating the landmen lied to her-that originally she was told that signing the waiver years ago was just a technicality – that it wouldn’t actually be that close to her.
The other rescinds were from the Seventh Day Adventists, who were caught off guard and did not know this was going to be in their back yard. Mr Larry Smith of 402 Collins signed a waiver, and the owner of the motel at the southwest corner of Collins and Division was interested in signing one too-but I can’t remember if we ran out of time or if they actually got one into Jim Parajon’s office.
The owner of the low income Collins St Apartments sent his secretary the night of the hearing with a check to return the $500 he was offered when he signed the waiver.
I found another waiver that there was an issue of it being legal because the original owner was dead and we think the son signed, but at that time, his name didn’t match the name on the TAD records, but that was never investigated or explained to me how it was valid. I was told by Jim Parajon that the city trusts that if it is notorized, then it is a legal document.
As requested and in our ordiance, council did not entertain asking Chesapeake to move the drill site to a less populated area at 1111 E Division which was available for leasing (funny Mel said that would be an eye sore there).
So the volumes of people in the area, including reluctant cash takers were BULLIED into this drill site in our Entertainment District
and the night of one of the votes, Mel LeBlanc started in on one of his gas drilling commericals during deliberation of this site. It was the same day the Parker County Lipsky Water Contamination story broke, and I stood up and asked if council was aware that the EPA overrode the Railroad Commission to get the family ouf of harms way, and then Cluck had me escorted out. Range resources has been accused recently in the news for bullying the EPA into backing off of that case.
Chesapeake is a bully and I’m glad you didn’t let them bully you into the vote on the Rocking Horse Drill Site-you rock in that aspect and I highly respect you for that.
Now that the 4 wells are here, things aren’t going so well…
The Truman/Cowboy Stadium drill site currently has almost 10,000,000 gallons of 3 month old stale frac fluids/sand waiting to be flowed back by my family (and the Entertainment District in Arlington gasland TX). Per fracfocus, those three wells will be flowing back almost one hundred thousand gallons of frack chemicals of which about 12,000 gallons is naptha, and another 12,000 gallons is hydrochloric acid (which can liquify your lungs)...don’t ya think our fire department’s leadership should help fix our drilling ordinance if I can’t get their attention…or is our fire department just focused on blow outs? Slow, low pressure emission events can poison us too.
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Sent: Thu, November 29, 2012 12:39:50 PM
Subject: Can we mandate drillers use Hercules H2S eliminator ?
I smelled rotten eggs at (driving by) the GM drill site when the rig was up a couple/few years ago. I called 911 and complained about the area smelling like Norco LA, a refinery town.
responsive to my open records request for info on the Truman/Cowboy Stadium drill site. I am still unsure of if…
1)they add H2S to the drilling mud, or
2)have the H2S MSDS sheets in case it is naturally present, or
3)will be having H2S unintentionally man-made with stale flowback fluids.
I have had reports of rotten eggs odors from other padsites in Arlington and the Arlington Compressor Station, and so we cannot trust the industry rhetoric that we do not have sour gas in the Barnett Shale…it may not normally occur “naturally” in dry gas areas, but Chesapeake acknowledges H2S via MSDS sheets in this video.
Patents like 8097230 B2, 8136592 B2, and 3402770 show that H2S and carbon disulfide is desired to be added to drill with for enhanced mineral recovery….which would explain why the Hercules product (diethamolamine) is needed (as an aerial spray mist) when handling the sulphide tainted drilling mud. I know that mud farming isn’t really regulated…I bet no one from the city ever inquired or cares about “those” loopholes…and I will not tell you what they are..someone needs to find it out for themselves that is on city payroll – how bout’ someone from the storm water run off department?
In October someone filmed (acid gases?) venting from the Pantego well by Bailey Junior High, put it on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNxgaPXpbS0 and
then emailed it to me. Pantego has “no venting allowed” in their ordinance and apparently is not enforcing it just like Arlington doesn’t enforce the use of pollution mitigation devices like ventless flowback tanks.
Recall that stale flowback water can sour a well.
AFD responded to a sickened Jean Stephens at the Chesapeake Lynn Smith flowback
last March in her business parking lot. The Truman/Cowboy Stadium drill site currently has almost 10,000,000 gallons of 3 month old stale frac fluids/sand waiting to be flowed back by my family. Per fracfocus, those three wells will be flowing back almost one hundred thousand gallons of frack chemicals of which about 12,000 gallons is naptha (http://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/89683.htm) and another 12,000 gallons is hydrochloric acid .
..don’t ya think our fire department’s leadership should help fix our drilling ordinance if I can’t get their attention…or is our fire department just focused on blow outs? Slow, low pressure emission events can poison us too.
We need a Hercules miracle to get a safe “upcoming” flowback near our Entertainment District with “H2S & frack chemical” protection that I need my fire department to help me ask for from Chesapeake.
The numerous emails gone unanswered show my town’s leadership is negligent in protecting public health risks from urban drilling by allowing OPEN HATCH FLOWBACK TANKS.
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Sent: Thu, November 29, 2012 8:20:47 AM
Subject: Recent Inquiry
Attached you will find a Material Safety Data Sheet for the chemical to be
used a Hercules. It is called CC Eliminator. It works by reacting with any
hydrogen sulfide they may become airborne during the sludge removal
operations. It differs from a masking agent in that it reacts with and
removes the compound(H2S) rather than simply conceal the odor. A continuous
spray, or mist, of the CC Eliminator will be applied over the impounding
basin during removal operations.Thank you for your interest in this matter.(See attached file: DOC000.PDF)
Richard Sumrall, P.E.
Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Division
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality