update Jan 2015 on the Huffines group admitting to buying up the Viridian minerals so as to not have to oppose drilling in that home development area…
update as of April 1 2013….
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From: City of Arlington – Open Records <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Mon, April 1, 2013 3:42:55 PM
Subject: Open Records Center Update :: W010844-031713
4/1/2013Feil KimArlington, TX 76011RE: Public Records Request for Viridian/Huffines/LOBD gas well padsite(s) clean up projects records
Dear Feil Kim,
Your public information request to the City of Arlington, received 3/17/2013, has been referred to me for response. We have searched our records and have been unable to locate any records of Viridian/Huffines/LOBD gas well padsite(s) clean up projects maintained by the City responsive to your request for records; these pad sites have been plugged and abandoned.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter.
Community Development and Planning
update as of March 17 2013…. Here is my PIR to the City of Arlington….
(I requested) “All correspondence from city to Range Resources and or Legends on the Viridian/Huffines/LOBD gas well padsite(s) clean up project.
The Army Corps of Engineers wetland resoration project report of 2007 has no mention of impact or cleanup of the padsite(s) yet failed city inspection reports while under Range ownership shows work to be done. I am wanting to know what clean up was needed and how to prove it was done correctly.
http://theshorthorn.uta.edu/index.php/news/archives/12608-arlington-dig-site-gets-extension “The 1,700-acre property, including the excavation site, was sold to DFW-centered Huffines Communities in 2007. The company plans to use more than 2,000 acres to develop Viridian, a mixed-use community that will take 15 years to complete. The Archosaur group was originally given until October 2009 to complete its project.”
The above video is when Benzene was learning how to do yoga last year. While we were there educating folks about fracking, I spoke with one of the UTA students at the festival who was involved with a dinosaur dig and was told that there may be buried jet fuel tanks where the “secret” dig was. Below I show a response from the city on the alleged fuel tanks.*
http://durangotexas.blogspot.com/2009/02/huffines-veridian-at-river-legacy-park.html The one anonymous comment is…. “So anyway I did some research last night and found out that Sam Ware of Lazarus Property Corp., a real estate developer from Dallas is the one that owned the property before Huffines. He found out about the natual gas there and sold the land-minus the mineral rights to Huffines. He is the one that has the 2 toxic dump gas wells there close to the Birds Fort marker. That would be the top part of the “boot” on the map that I told you about. Anyway, I guess it’s better that Huffines has the project than Mr Ware. After googleing his name it comes to light that he has been sued quite a few times in different states for unscrupulous land development matters.”
Conveniently for Range Resources, and the Huffines owners of the u p s c a l e Viridian project, the LOBF padsites exist no more as they were able to cap those “unsightly, unproductive” wells. (U can’t undrill those wells -FYI)
Range sold the LOBF ‘liabilities’ as part of a packaged deal to Legend when selling off all of their Barnett Shale assets at a reported nine hundred million dollars with the exception of the Salona lease. http://seekingalpha.com/article/255786-range-resources-why-selling-barnett-makes-sense
A Range official informed me that the reason those wells weren’t productive is “we drilled into an area -that very faulted area at depth- in the Barnett, and what I understand from our geophysicist is that in those very faulted areas of the Barnett, over the hundreds of millions of years that the Barnett has been there, the gas has essentially leaked off through those faults and gone into upper formations in the Ft Worth Basin”.
Hmmmn I wonder if any bubbling is going on near the Viridian water bodies? Actually I did witness bubbling about 4,000 ft south of one of the closest LOBF padsites. I call this area by the Elzie Odom Rec Center “Crystal Mountain”. It is the trail east of the soccer field which takes you up a ravine to a cliff area. I saw this bubbling after a freeze in February of 2011 when water from a busted white pipe was running down the cliff, onto the trail, and then into the nasty, grey foamy Trinity River East.
WFAA filmed (but never aired) there before once when I reported the smelly, grey, foamy stuff wafting down the river. It was later determined by a city water tester that the foamy funk could be coming from the nearby waste water treatment plant. It made a great music video back drop in my musical plea to not drill up our town……enjoy……
But after that infamous Superbowl 2011, rolling black outs freeze, I was concerned that the water leak was weakening Crystal Mountain by water seeping into the ground and draining out the side of it. So I “again” involved our city water department to intervene so the ravine wouldn’t landslide into the water stream …gotta get some rapping in where I can :)…any way….
Harriet and I followed the water leak and saw bubbles in one area where the water was flowing over the dirt. But she said the bubbles could be naturally occurring. I noted that where ever the water puddled there was a white, taffy-like residue. So I took some of the white stuff home with me. Funny I was escorted out of the City Council Chambers for presenting some of that white stuff to council and asking what it was.
As for the white stuff?…well I videoed more of it (three areas so far I’ve personally witnessed). This next video of that white stuff (a minute into the video) was filmed at the Convention Center…
And finally, here is the video I made months ago that shows the layout of the pricey Viridian development at hand….
May 24, 2012
SENT VIA EMAIL ONLY:
RE: Open Records Request Viridian Development
Dear Ms. Feil;
After reviewing the Environmental Services files, I have found no records of a jet fuel storage tanks at that location.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) can be contacted to address any questions about underground storage tanks. The phone number for their local office is 817-588-5800.
Regarding the article in USA TODAY: “Huffines is developing Viridian, 5,000 units on a 2,300-acre site in a flood plain near a landfill in Arlington, Texas. The project required lengthy and costly cleanup and wetlands restoration measures.” Wetland restoration and mitigation falls under US COE (Corp of Engineers) Section 404 permitting and they can be contacted at 817-886-1326.
If you have any questions, please call me at 817-459-6586. Sincerely,
Cindy Jackson Storm Water Fund Administrator
c: Open Records file
Legend didn’t want to spend the money on the needed “clean up after Range” and so plugged the wells. The Range official admitted embarrassment of the pictures taken of the (failed) inspections and he did not feel that the city was “picking on them”. I have the audio of our conversaton.The Range official gave me permission to tape him, but not permission to broadcast it (at which I am honoring…for now) – yes I have “some” scruples in honoring my word. But I am at war to halt reckless drilling near people, animals, food, water, and air, and make no apologies for distributing information revelant to soldiering on in this fight.
I will pursue open records from the Corps of Engineers to see if it was jet fuel or gas well affulents or what was cleaned up….just to make sure it was done..or the buyers beware at your pricey new home or business could be in the “Toxic Veridian?”.
I will update as soon as I get more info. Please comment if anyone knows to what extent past Viridian remediation entails, thank you.
update on March 17 2013