Arlington Chamber of Commerce on Fighting Fracking – Response S T I L L Pending

UPDATE 9/20/14 Since the Denton Chamber blindly endorsed the frackers, I was reminded about Arlington’s unresponsive Chamber ….Here is a letter  (a year earlier than this post) from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce asking council to not approve a fee for each well head to fund the fire department’s response to gas well training….  I believe that $2 million per single well being referenced only represents the mineral value that taxes will be collected on for maybe the first two years before the wells peter out. Never mind the surface valuations at these drill sites that can go as low as seven cents a sq ft!

Now that we have the proficiency in this training, we are able to charge a fee so that other firemen in the Barnett Shale can have this training too. This shows the chamber didn’t care about that income potential; nevermind that they did not believe that our firemen needed to learn how to respond to such drilling events.

Just last Saturday, 9/13/14, Mansfield had an emission event. The emergencies never go away and will only ramp up as these gas wells, storage tanks, gathering lines and compressors …age.

It only worsens too now that we are seeing second tier (limited liability) drillers starting to care for these sites like Enervest (who took over Carrizos wells).

Sharing a letter here to the Arlington Chamber of Commerce asking them how they will fight fracking in Arlington…here’s why they need to…..
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <>

Sent: Thu, May 23, 2013 10:02:06 AM
Subject: Is Arlington’s “climate” friendly to businesses? Here is a reason for “nada”

Fyi on some recent Arlington (non)friendly issues (see list below) that I’ve posted on the internet at maybe someone from theChamber can defend these issues so I can post your response as these issues are of a negative nature to those researching Arlington online.
Lets put into perspective who actually pays the price of urban drilling (we have 60 padsites ya know)… over the last six years, my family has been within a mile to about 100 gas wells (recently 4 gas wells near the Cowboys Stadium 2.5 blocks from our home) and now my husband has cancer at age 48…his lymph nodes started to swell at the same time my teenager started having this weird rash in January (yep Chesapeake had some Entertainment District odor issues in January didn’t they?) …all after the closest padsite two blocks from my home has been active by the Cowboys Stadium….we already hit our $10,000 out of pocket health insurance expenses in just one month on his work company’s insurance policy. And NOW my teen is being retested for an adrenal tumor (he is on “my” self employed health insurance policy).
The city and leaders like YOU owe it to their citizens and business owners to bear a broader cost of litigation to make HOME RULE be the final authority to protect the citizens and businesses.
Land use rules / logic should prevent any more buildout of these existing BTEX gas well factories.  Our leaders need to figure out a way to ban this and go to court and fight for us!  Just deny any more new drilling zones.
Will Arlington and Ft Worth Barnett Shale areas have the stigma of the highest percentage of their citizens individually going bankrupt paying medical bills?
PS I’m not the only Arlington blogger, a recent post here reporting on another gas well leak said   “…these incidents are fairly common in the gas patch. We heard Fire Chief Crowson testify at a recent Energy Resources Hearing in Austin that there have been approximately twenty gas releases in Arlington over the past year.”   
Please respond on how the Chamber feels “now” about urban drilling with land devaluations and risk to public health. Also tell “us/internet” what steps the Chamber would like to make to assist in making Arlington a business and family friendly place to work, shop, be entertained, and live.

Kim Feil 

TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”

Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance

No person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation,
or property.

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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