RETROACTIVE TERM LIMITS opportunity in Arlington Gasland TX : the GM and Denton pollution experience

This post was updated on August 24 2018….

THE CITY OF ARLINGTON TERM LIMITS OPPORTUNITY:

While good folks ponder in the Nov 6 2018 election booth if retroactive term limits is appropriate for a growing city like ours, it is important to watch the Ponder TX video below about …fracking.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/14/fracking-hell-live-next-shale-gas-well-texas-us?CMP=share_btn_fb

frck sand took paint of car

link to video of Ponder TX residents on fracking in town

Arlington TX is ten cities away from being WORST POLLUTION /infrastructure!  2018’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America
While Arlington ranked in the top 25 out of 150 biggest cities overall, Arlington TX ranked horribly for the pollution/infrastructure (140 out of 150). FT Worth was 130 out of 150. The Best- & Worst-Run Cities report needed a ranking as to which towns forced urban fracking on its residents like in Arlington and Ft Worth. 
People give our former Mayor Tom Vandergriff too much credit as GM’s emissions (and GM’s on site  gas wells, storage tanks, and compressors) are “legally” and egregiously blowing to our Entertainment District and Viridian Development.
Most people do not know that GM does not report the on site gas well emissions, yet the mixing of both entities’ legal pollution have unknown and therefore unregulated cumulative (and probably synergistic) health exposure effects.
Environmental Working Group has Arlington in 4th place as WORST drinking Water Quality “Dirty Score” The 25 U.S. Cities with the Worst Drinking Water | Best Life

July 2014 UPDATE There was a GM stamping plant explosion but luckily it was in Indiana but could be us next….https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/gm-chesapeake-gas-wells-tanks-prevailing-winds-attstadium-risk/

4/26/13..No wonder my husband starts chemo next week and my teenager has to redo a medical test he failed on a suspect risk for an adrenal brain tumor!!!!

I also see how MSNBC takes a related look at chemical plants that go “boom” and government “under”sight.

THE DENTON EXAMPLE:

A recent Denton TX gas drilling site emission event (1,500 feet from Presbyterian Hospital) shows that those city leaders allowing us to be industrialized  should be held accountable and criminalized in poisoning us.

Regarding the Denton accident, this TCEQ report underestimates the time and amounts of toxins released….as this started the night before as witnessed in the above video.

Contaminant Authorization Limit Amount Released
Benzene 106.4 10.0 TONS/YR 59.61 lbs (est.)
Butanes 106.352(l) and 106.4 25.0 TONS/YR 11047.0 lbs (est.)
Pentanes 106.352(l) and 106.4 25.0 TONS/YR 6277.0 lbs (est.)
Propane 106.352(l) and 106.4 25.0 TONS/YR 12556.0 lbs (est.)
Xylene 106.4 10.0 TONS/YR 404.3 lbs (est.)

HB40, a ban on fracking bans, showed that the state of Texas prohibits Home Rule laws to be more protective than state and federal laws when it comes to the energy industry….don’t mess with TexASS. Denton “tried” to ban fracking in their city limits. Arlington should lead to challenge HB40 in court to get these wells plugged, BUT ONLY can we begin by voting in retroactive term limits and electing a NEW CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR.

THE ARLINGTON GAS WELLS AND GM POLLUTION PROBLEMS:

The Benzene emission amounts that are allowable in TEXAS is limited by a state rule to 10 tons per year (tpy) per drill site (and 5,000 “reportable spills/emission per occurrance” lbs/yr for most all other constituents basically).

On top of that, the state failed miserably to limit emissions from any OTHER nearby industrial sites like General Motors because of an ownership rule. General Motors doesn’t have to report the emissions from their two Chesapeake (now Total) drill sites sitting on the GM property. Even though these two emission entities constitute “proximal concentrated emissions”, the 10 tpy Benzene limit doesn’t apply.

So our Entertainment District (Six Flags-Hurricane Harbor/Rangers Stadium/Cowboys Stadium now Texas LIVE), north Arlington residents, and the Viridian  Community is subjected to unregulated cumulative, INVISIBLE, multiple emissions blowing in our airshed. These unknown and probable synergistic exposures are egregiously BUT LEGALLY exposing Arlington residents.

By not using Home Rule law to enact more stringent pollution standards, Arlington leaders ALLOW up to 3,288 lbs Carcinogenic Benzene Per DAY in our air and water sheds not including the GM plant’s emissions!

As a mother, I feel we should set a ZERO Benzene tolerance (as there is no known safe Benzene exposure limit amount). What we DO know from the above Denton accident emissions chart and video is that Benzene was a spewing.

Lest we not forget that we already have had MANY emission and spill events in Arlington keeping our firemen ready to respond at an annual cost to tax payers in 2019 of $483,325.00. One of the most publicized out of control well being at Lake Arlington Baptist Church….

https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/wfaa-brett-shipp-coverage-on-t-w-o-fracking-spills-at-lake-arlington-baptist-church-drill-site/.

Here is the Arlington CITY WIDE gas well padsite’s potential for permissible emissions math….we have 60 padsites that are allowed to emit up to 10 tpy of Benzene per site which equals 600 tpy times 2,000 (there are 2,000 lbs in a ton)= 1.2 million pounds per year (ppy) divided by 365 days in a year = 3,288 pounds per day (ppd) potential plus GM’s ACTUAL 3,600 ppd* of which 378 ppd** is Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). My point in mentioning the potential is that…it is legal….think about it….there is no safe level for Benzene exposure.

*GM’s 2011 TCEQ Contaminant Summary is as follows….

Annual TPY             Daily Ozone PPD

PM 2.5      3 tpy                   22 ppd

PM 10      4 tpy                    33 ppd

VOC’s   557 tpy               4,447 ppd

(of which 80.8 tpy is VOC-Unclassified …..my guess being Benzene ladened)

CO          37 tpy                    271 ppd

NOX      56 tpy                     436 ppd

SO2           .24 tpy                     2 ppd

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total     657 tpy                   5,211 ppd

total     657 tpy times 2,000 = 1.3 million ppy divided by 365 days = *3,600 ppd

**69 tpy HAPs times 2,000 = 138,000 ppy divided by 365 days = GM plant’s 378 ppd HAPs emissions

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Here is an article with stats about how the communities near the port of Houston are sick.…this will be Arlington’s legacy…like cancer alley near refineries…so too will we have the stigma of living in the “gas patch” of urban drilling.

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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