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.
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.
|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….
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
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
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.