NINE workers D E A D – airshed tank hazards

3/2016 Update make that NINE worker deaths as mentioned here 


end update


Oct 2014 eenews UPDATE  “An EnergyWire investigation identified the cases of the four men — Bergsing, Buckles, Blaine Otto and Trent Vigus — from OSHA databases. EnergyWire then obtained hundreds of pages of OSHA reports under the Freedom of Information Act, reviewed autopsies and court filings, and interviewed experts and people who knew the men.

The documents show striking similarities between the four cases, which have each been treated differently. In some cases, the investigations show notable inconsistencies in their findings.”

BTW two more workers died (from an explosion though) on 4/29/14 in not so “Loving” TexASS.


Public Health Authority, Dr Cynthia Simmons, for the City of Arlington refused to comment on co-existing near drilling (audio link) health risks.

I warned our city officials (and others) that I would continue post to the internet my communications to them (see below emails I share with the world and those needing this info for litigation) about the health risks in Urban Drilling as we have 55-60 padsites in a 99 sq mile area here in Arlington Gasland Texas.
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <>
To:;; Robert Rivera <>;;;;;;;;;; Jay Doegey <>
Sent: Thu, May 2, 2013 5:53:25 PM
Subject: Dryden NY homerule frack ban upheld to not violate state law / new video of sick workers testamony / health article on illnesses from fracking “But the court ruled the law doesn’t pre-empt a municipality’s power to enact zoning laws that would ban gas drilling. The court said it disagreed with Norse’s assertion that New York’s policy was to maximize recovery of oil and gas at the expense of local decisions over land use.” video of former frack workers testamony on worker illnesses

Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:10 PM CDT

Fracking ourselves to death in Pennsylvania

For the “downwinders,” big energy means big pollution

By Ellen Cantarow

Topics: Tom DispatchfrackingBusinessEnergyPennsylvaniaBusiness NewsNews
Fracking ourselves to death in Pennsylvania A natural gas well operated by Northeast Natural Energy in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP/David Smith)
This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.

I selected highlights, (added comments in parenthesis) and boldfaced the article you can read in full as follows…

“More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada….Now, a new generation of downwinders is getting sick as an emerging industry pushes the next wonder technology ­ in this case, high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Whether they live in Texas, Colorado, or Pennsylvania, their symptoms are the same: rashes, nosebleeds, severe headaches, difficulty breathing, joint pain, intestinal illnesses, memory loss, and more. “In my opinion,” says Yuri Gorby of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, “what we see unfolding is a serious health crisis, one that is just beginning.”

… “natural gas,” but there’s nothing natural about up-ending half a billion years of safe storage of methane and everything that surrounds it. It is, in fact, an act of ecological violence around which alien infrastructures ­compressor stations that compact the gas for pipeline transport, ponds of contaminated flowback, flare stacks that burn off gas impurities, diesel trucks in quantity, thousands of miles of pipelines, and more ­ have metastasized across rural (AND URBAN areas like Arlington TX) America, pumping carcinogens and toxins into water, air, and soil.

… The industry doesn’t have to call its trillions of gallons of annual waste “hazardous.” … A revolving door shuttles former legislators, governors, and officials from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)… nickname for the DEP: “Don’t Expect Protection.”

Randy Moyer is a pleasant-faced, bearded 49-year-old … driving his own rigs to haul waste … He climbed into large vats to squeegee out the remains of fracking fluid. He also cleaned the huge mats laid down around the wells to even the ground out for truck traffic. Those mats get saturated with “drilling mud,” a viscous, chemical-laden fluid that eases the passage of the drills into the shale. What his employer never told him was that the drilling mud, as well as the wastewater from fracking, is not only highly toxic, but radioactive.

In the wee hours of a very cold day in November 2011, he stood in a huge basin at a well site, washing 1,000 mats with high-pressure hoses, taking breaks every so often to warm his feet in his truck. I took off my shoes and my feet were as red as a tomato,” he told me. When the air from the heater hit them, he “nearly went through the roof.”

Once at home, he scrubbed his feet, but the excruciating pain didn’t abate. A “rash” that covered his feet soon spread up to his torso. A year and a half later, the skin inflammation still recurs. His upper lip repeatedly swells. A couple of times his tongue swelled so large that he had press it down with a spoon to be able to breathe. “I’ve been fried for over 13 months with this stuff,” he told me in late January. “I can just imagine what hell is like. It feels like I’m absolutely on fire.”

Family and friends have taken Moyer to emergency rooms at least four times. He has consulted more than 40 doctors. No one can say what caused the rashes, or his headaches, migraines, chest pain, and irregular heartbeat, or the shooting pains down his back and legs, his blurred vision, vertigo, memory loss, the constant white noise in his ears, and the breathing troubles that require him to stash inhalers throughout his small apartment.

(Here are some pics I found that I believe are picture of Mr Moyer)…

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(article excerpts cont’d)…natural gas corporations, he (Tony Ingraffia) says, “are imposing on us the requirement to locate our homes, hospitals and schools inside their industrial space.”

.. Little Rose (horse) staggered, fell, and couldn’t get up. Her legs moved spasmodically. When Wayne and Angel dragged her to a sitting position, she’d just collapse again (and had to be put down)…. Soon, the Smiths’ cows began showing similar symptoms. Those that didn’t die began aborting or giving birth to dead calves. All the chickens died, too. So did the barn cats. And so did three beloved dogs, none of them old, all previously healthy. ..The Smiths asked the DEP to test their water. The agency told them that it was safe to drink, but Angel Smith says that subsequent testing by Pennsylvania State University investigators revealed high levels of arsenic.

Meanwhile, the couple began suffering from headaches, nosebleeds, fatigue, throat and eye irritation, and shortness of breath. Wayne’s belly began swelling oddly, even though, says Angel, he isn’t heavy. X-rays of his lungs showed scarring and calcium deposits. A blood analysis revealed cirrhosis of the liver. “Get him to stop drinking,” said the doctor who drew Angel aside after the results came in. “Wayne doesn’t drink,” she replied. Neither does Angel, who at 42 now has liver disease.

By the time the animals began dying, five high-volume wells had been drilled on neighbors’ land. Soon, water started bubbling up under their barn floor and an oily sheen and foam appeared on their pond. In 2008, a compressor station was built half a mile away. These facilities, which compress natural gas for pipeline transport, emit known carcinogens and toxins like benzene and toluene.

The Smiths say people they know elsewhere in Clearville have had similar health problems, as have their animals. For a while they thought their own animals’ troubles were over, but just this past February several cows aborted. The couple would like to move away, but can’t. No one will buy their land.

… David and Linda Headley …opted not to pay for the gas rights under their land… seemed perfect for hiking, swimming, and raising their son Grant. Adam was born after all the trouble started….“Accidents” have been a constant. When the well closest to the house was fracked, their spring, which had abounded in vegetation, crawfish, and insects, went bad. The DEP told the Headleys, as it did the Smiths, that the water was still safe to drink. But, says David, “everything in the spring died and turned white.” Adam had just been born. “…..

All the brine tanks have leaked toxic waste onto the Headley’s land. Contaminated soil from around the high-volume tank has been alternately stored in dumpsters and in an open pit next to the well.…. some of it was hauled away; the rest was buried under the Headleys’ land. The test for radioactivity is still pending, though David has his own Geiger counter which has measured high levels at the site of the well.

An independent environmental organization, Earthworks, included the Headleys among 55 households it surveyed in a recent study of health problems near gas facilities. Testing showed high levels of contaminants in the Headleys’ air, including chloromethane, a neurotoxin, and trichloroethene, a known carcinogen.

Perhaps more telling is the simple fact that everyone in the family is sick. Seventeen-year-old Grant has rashes that, like Randy Moyer’s, periodically appear on different parts of his body. Four-year-old Adam suffers from stomach cramps that make him scream. David says he and Linda have both had “terrible joint pain. It’s weird stuff, your left elbow, your right hip, then you’ll feel good for three days, and it’ll be your back.” At 42, with no previous family history of either arthritis or asthma, Linda has been diagnosed with both. Everyone has had nosebleeds ­ including the horses.

Five years into the Marcellus gas rush in this part of Pennsylvania, symptoms like Randy Moyer’s, the Smiths’, and the Headleys’ are increasingly common. Children are experiencing problems the young almost never have, like joint pain and forgetfulness. Animal disorders and deaths are widespread. The Earthworks study suggests that living closer to gas-field infrastructure increases the severity of 25 common symptoms, including skin rashes, difficulty breathing, and nausea.

…A resident in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Washington County is suing the agency for failing fully to investigate the drilling-related air and water contamination that she says has made her sick. …Theo Colborn, founder of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange and recipient the National Council for Science and Environment’s Lifetime Achievement Award, identified 353 industry chemicals that could damage the skin, the brain, the respiratory, gastrointestinal, immune, cardiovascular, and endocrine (hormone production) systems. Twenty-five percent of the chemicals found by the study could cause cancers.

David Brown is a veteran toxicologist (said)….“Air exposure is even more complicated,” says Brown. The impacts of contaminated air, for example, are greater during heavy activity. “Children running around,” he says, “are more apt to be exposed than older people.” What further complicates the emerging toxicology is that chemicals act not as single agents but synergistically. “The presence of one agent,” says Brown, “can increase the toxicity of another by several-fold.”

No one I interviewed in communities impacted by fracking in southwestern Pennsylvania drinks their water anymore….

..make no mistake: this is an alarming and growing public health emergency. “Short of relocating entire communities or banning fracking, ending airborne exposures cannot be done,” David Brown said in a recent address in New York State. “Our only option in Washington County… has been to try to find ways for residents to reduce their exposures and warn them when the air is especially dangerous to breathe.”


—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <>
Cc:;;;; Zack Maxwell | <>
Sent: Tue, February 19, 2013 12:51:27 PM
Subject: newest frack report from drilling employee is called “frack hack” lung ailment

Dear Arlington leaders, I will continue to post this email on the internet of my dialogue to you as evidence of my continuing efforts to have you acknowledge the health risks of being made to co-exist with urban drilling. We already have the legal community’s attention….
Never forget Dustin Bergsing age 21 who died during a flowback operation. Not to be confused with the Dustin in the article below.
February 18, 2013, 05:00:00PM . By Jane Mundy

Kerrville, TX: Last summer Dustin complained of chest pains to his doctor after a long stint working on a hydraulic fracking site in south Texas. Dustin had also developed “frack hack,” which his pulmonologist attributes to his exposure to fracking chemicals.

“Frack Hack” Diagnosis: Fracking LawsuitDustin, age 36, explains how he is exposed to hydraulic fracturing chemicals. “Typically when we run a frack [fracking operation] on the pad [where the wellhead is situated], we are standing on a bunch of water tanks on the pad. The company I work for transfers water to the pad. Next to these water tanks are a couple of big acid tanks. In front of us are the sand movers – they have a big truck called the Sand King, which moves sand to another truck. Basically a bunch of sand, water and chemicals are mixed together and we are exposed to all of it; nothing is contained.”

Shockingly, Dustin and his co-workers do not wear any safety gear. It sounds eerily like the asbestos industry decades ago. Like asbestos fibers, some of the fracking chemicals are airborne. “We can see this mixture in the air we are breathing,” says Dustin. “It’s just one of those things – maybe I am stupid but nobody in the company has worn a dust mask or anything. Nobody has told us that the materials we are breathing can cause health issues. There is no respiratory training with my company. The only training we get is about H2S [Hydrogen sulfide], which is a deadly gas that can escape the wellhead. If you breathe in H2S, it takes all the oxygen out of your body; you pass out and die. Everyone I work with has been pretty lucky, but they said in training that H2S accidents have happened. The company is supposed to give us H2S monitors but I have never been given one. A few of my co-workers have them but I guess they are in short supply because they are really expensive.”

Dustin’s frack hack didn’t go away and the chest pains worsened so his doctor ran some tests and determined he has asthma, which surprised him. “I have never had asthma and no one in my family has it. Up until this point, I have been in excellent shape. I was a runner up until a few months ago, when it got harder and harder to breathe.” Dustin discussed his fracking concerns with his doctor. “She said I probably had asthma all my life but didn’t notice it, and I asked her if it could be irritant-related. Affirmative.”

Next up, Dustin saw a pulmonologist, who confirmed bronchial asthma. “I brought him pictures of the fracking site where I work,” says Dustin. “He said, ‘Yes, that is probably where you got it,’ but he won’t put it in writing.

“I’ve been working for this company for almost a year and the pay is pretty good, but I am going to find work that won’t damage my health any further. This company and most any company involved in the fracking business has a high turnover rate due to injury, but no one has actually been fracking every day for an entire year like I have, so many don’t have frack hack like me. Most people go on the pad for a few weeks and come back for a few days. I have worked sometimes 30 days without a day off (the overtime is nice), but not at the expense of my lungs.

“When I found out about these lung issues, I started looking online. After I found out about asthma, I read about the dangers of fracking and silicosis in particular. Apparently you can get silicosis within a year after being exposed, from breathing in a lot of sand. That can be deadly.

“I told my employers about my frack hack and silicosis, and they took me off the pad almost four weeks ago. I am working at the shop – we also rent water pumps. I transport them to different sites and refurbish them at the shop, so now I am breathing in spray paint every day. They still haven’t issued safety gear and breathing apparatus. My doctor wrote to them – he said thatsafety precautions are advised. To this day, there is no training set up, but if you want, you can buy your own respirator. There are no spares around here.

“I tried to put on a respirator but I had difficulty breathing, so I can’t even wear one – isn’t that ironic? I think my days working on the pad are over, unless my lungs get better and I can wear a respirator. I was reading the OSHA website, which clearly states that it is against the law for anyone to work in this environment without any safety equipment – fitted masks to keep sand out – or without proper training. These are really big violations and I don’t think my company realizes it. Or, like the asbestos makers, they choose to ignore it. They have an OSHA poster on the wall but I don’t think they read it.

“I read studies online that have been done in fracking areas. Some sand levels are so high that not even a respirator is safe. And they looked into the chemicals used that cause all kinds of weird stuff. There is actually radioactive material that comes out of the ground after fracking, called back flow. And it causes asthma. There has been a 25 percent increase in asthma in children in fracking communities.

“I am at a loss; I just don’t know what to do. Maybe a fracking attorney can pressure my company, and other companies, to at least issue us safety gear. And maybe a fracking lawsuit will make them take notice.”

For many years there has been an ongoing debate about whether hydrofracking is making people sick. A proposed study involving the Geisinger system wants to use its huge database of electronic health records to help researchers look at air pollutants associated with gas drilling, and how they are affecting people with asthma and other lung problems. “About six percent of people in the US have asthma,” says Dr. Paul Simonelli, the Geisinger system’s director of thoracic medicine, “so we’re talking about an enormous number of people who are potentially at risk to have their conditions worsened by these exposures.”

—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <>
Sent: Tue, February 19, 2013 12:14:28 PM
Subject: At lease acknowledge the recent EDC report by WHO on drilling so close to humans


In 2012, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WHO presented a document entitled State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – 2012.

This document provides the global status of scientific knowledge on exposure to and effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

It explains, in the first chapter, what endocrine disruption is all about, and then it discusses in detail, in 12 sections in the second chapter, endocrine disrupting effects in humans and wildlife.

The work is based on the fact that endocrine systems are very similar across vertebrate species and that endocrine effects manifest themselves independently of species. The effects are endocrine system related and not necessarily species dependent. Effects shown in wildlife or experimental animals may also occur in humans if they are exposed to EDCs at a vulnerable time and at concentrations leading to alterations of endocrine regulation. Of special concern are effects on early development of both humans and wildlife, as these effects are often irreversible and may not become evident until later in life. The third and final chapter of this document discusses exposure of humans and wildlife to EDCs and potential EDCs.


From: kim feil <>
Sent: Tue, February 19, 2013 8:32:48 AM
Subject: Fracking Health Study in Pennsylvania

I would appreciate it if our health officials in Arlington would make a comment on the risks of citizens near high impact industrial activies around the 60 padsites near homes and schools.
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Dory Hippauf <>
To: Fractivists <>
Sent: Tue, February 19, 2013 6:49:21 AM
Subject: [Fractivists] Fracking Health Study in Pennsylvania

Fracking Health Study in Pennsylvania...
Dory Hippauf 6:48am Feb 19
Fracking Health Study in Pennsylvania
Big headlines about $1 million grant for Pa. gas drilling health study from the Degenstein Foundatio…

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; Bridgett White <>; “” <>; Jay Doegey <>; “” <>; “” <>
Cc: Robert Rivera <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>
Sent: Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:31 AM
Subject: Denton showing high Benzene in the air…TOLD U SO!

Kim Feil

From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; Bridgett White <>; “” <>; Jay Doegey <>; “” <>; “” <>
Cc: Robert Rivera <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:27 AM
Subject: BOOM … 2 Dead after separator Explosion in Loving County

Yet another piece of equipment to worry about…life sux in the shale.

2 Dead, 4 Injured in Separator Explosion in Loving County

Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:13 AM CDTUpdated: Apr 30, 2014 10:19 AM CDT

Staff Reporter
NewsWest 9

LOVING COUNTY- Pecos Police tell NewsWest 9 that Pecos EMS and Pecos Firefighters are on the scene of a separator explosion.
They tell NewsWest 9 that the explosion happened in Loving County.
Two people are confirmed dead and four are injured.
Stay with NewsWest 9 and for more information.
Kim Feil


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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