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From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, April 19, 2013 11:15:50 PM
Subject: voter guide questions
Hi Buddy, in January my teen kept getting this weird rash and my husband’s neck started to swell (he now has cancer) and of course I blame the drilling…been preoccupied with learning how to care for him, but tonight I dug into some of my neglected email. Mayor Cluck is such a loser for not participating in Opinion Arlington’s survey and I appreciate all the questions you asked. Thank your for having gas well and energy questions.
Even though I did not run this year for office, I had to comment on some of your questions because I do have some answers since this is what I have engrossed myself in over the last three years….
Regarding your question “More Gas Well Regulations Needed? After authorizing natural gas development in Arlington, the city council has on three separate occasions imposed new layers of regulation, resulting in less activity in Arlington and reduced royalties. Do you believe further regulation is needed?” I wanted to tell you that when the dry gas prices went down it was too costly for Chesapeake to be in Arlington. The drillers flocked to the wet gas in south Texas. They only drilled here where leases were about to expire. I got a $1.20 shut in check..did you?
If anything the new ordinance fast tracked drilling and set the scene for when the prices go back up for a bonanza build out because the permits now can get administrative approval as long as the drillers are in compliance on the inspections once a new drill zone is approved and the first well is approved on that new drill zone.
We have serious gaps in public protections in our ordinance…I don’t know if you smelled the horrible odor on Jan 30 or Jan 31 2013 from the drill site near you by the stadium, but the odor came into my home, and the following day an ambulance was sent to an employee at the Fina Station at 500 N. Collins. I videoed testimony of an employee in the area smelling it at I30. A complaint at a condominium on Harwell Street two miles away came in on that odor too and yet the city did not enforce their nuisance ordinance…even if they did, $2,000 is nothing to the drillers. This fee needs to be changed to reflect a percentage of sales or income.
“Do you believe that new technology will make coal a cleaner fuel?” There is no such thing as clean coal…the injection wells and fracking aren’t good proximity cousins for C02 sequestration…bad bad bad….we already R having earthquakes from injection wells.
Regarding the question “Do you view the recent fossil fuel discoveries in America, enough to meet our needs for at least 200 years, to be a good or bad development?” Please familarize yourself with growing evidence that we do not even have 12-20 years of “economically extractable” natural gas resources. Arthur E. Berman and Deborah Rogers http://energypolicyforum.org/about-us/deborah/ have alot of commentary on this subject.
“Do you believe that all coal-fired power plants in Texas should be shut down and no more built?” The Texas plants that shut down have done so because they couldn’t compete with the low natural gas prices…their business model isn’t profitable with gas fired plants on the scene now. Some plants will revert back to coal once natural gas prices go back up…those that cannot go back to coal and are stuck with natural gas as feedstock, will pass the costs on to us….this is why we need sun and wind because its free after initial investments. I have heard you say you love coal cause its so cheap, sun and wind is even cheaper because it doesn’t come at the social and environmental costs to society in health effects from it’s pollution.
“Do you believe the failure to build new fossil fuel power plants in Texas puts us at risk of brown-outs and power grid failures?” How ironic that the rolling blackouts during the Superbowl in Arlington were because of natural gas disruptions due to the freeze… https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/freezing-arlington-gas-wells-here-is-housewifes-check-list/ . I also read that ERCOT was complaining that all the drilling activity for natural gas was straining the grid. http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/ERCOT-frets-over-growing-demand-4184252.php#ixzz2HhSEJA7t.
“Do you believe we need to build new petroleum refineries in this nation and that Texas should be at the forefront in that effort?”
Buddy, I don’t know if you are aware that alot of Gulfcoast refineries have had too much capacity…they don’t have enough demand to keep them busy…so why build more?