HEY $52K yr babysitting these University of Texas at Arlington Carrizo storage tanks (see Craigs List posting below).
Since the air monitor that I’ve been monitoring went online, I’ve been emailing TCEQ, UTA, Carrizo, and Arlington officials and making a bunch of noise about old Benzene (see his Face Book page) being uncontrolled on campus.
It came to a head at year end when I called 911 because the BTEX (which includes Benzene) air monitor readings were spiking insanely. But the fire truck ended up at my house and not at the facility where the problem was allegedly occurring.
Heres my “Feil” home video of “Failed” dispatch…..
Sadly through open records, I ascertained that they also “failed” to follow up with a dispatch to the pad site at midnight on New Years Eve as requested. At that time, TCEQ was still investigating as to why the possibly explosive readings were occurring. I was concerned if any illegal fireworks were to occur near that area.
I hope the applicant for this job (as described below) was aware of what they WON’T be seeing, but that they WILL be breathing.
Here is a related video shown through the lens of an infrared camera that detects invisible emissions. At the end of the video, you can see a worker with a (measuring?) stick tending to the tank battery. Those produced water storage tanks are emitting more than just steam and water which is what misguided industry folks try to tell us it is.
Hydrocarbon vapor exposures are not what the parents of UTA students are paying for their students to receive. So…clap, clap, clap… t h a n k y o u. I’m still unclear as to who is paying for this position…I believe it is UTA. They got themselves into this mess. I bet that in the longterm, UTArlington will be paying a whole lot more in PR costs if any (more) spills or emission events or worse happens.
Next you can view two older video’s of UTA’s padsite pollution activity…..
After all the New Year’s disptach drama, in February 2013, I photographed what looked to be casing replacements that Arlington City Officials called “routine maintenance”…geesh this looks non routine to me as I’ve never seen this kind of site activity before. I’ve only been hunting down urban gaswells for about 4 years now…
Pic taken on 2/25/2013 at UTArlington TX Carrizo natural gas padsite home to 22 gaswells and two lift compressors.
Ever since they did this maintenance, I haven’t had an issue with high Benzene (but we’ve been having windy days too). Its too bad this “maintenance” wasn’t taken care of years ago as the air monitor went online last September 0f 2012, and I believe they started drilling at UTArlington back in 2005 or 2006.
And FINALY here is the job that became available just after all that fuss I made…tee hee…(I bold faced for emphasis below)….
http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/gov/3552511675.html (Feb 2012 link no longer working)
Petroleum Storage Tank Investigator (Arlington)
POSITION: Petroleum Storage Tank Investigator
AGENCY: University of Texas at Arlington. Division for Enterprise Development (Austin Office)
TITLE: Petroleum Storage Tank Investigator
EFFECTIVE DATE: Position available immediately
STATUS: These positions will be filled by persons with the capability to become Independent Contractors to the University of Texas at Arlington. A Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN #) will be required or must be obtained before employment may begin.
PAY RATE: Candidates will be compensated on a deliverable task basis.
Potential pre-tax earnings : $4,400 per month, plus mileage
Purpose of position: Conducts PST field investigations to determine compliance with 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 334 utilizing TCEQ checklists.
Essential functions: Conducts technical field inspections, surveys, follow-up investigations, studies and prepares reports. Completes required checklists and documentation for data entry of investigations into the compliance database. Reviews files for data entry accuracy and makes necessary corrections.
Marginal/Incidental functions: Other functions as assigned.
Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. No experience required and training provided.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information:
1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and
2) Education: If some college or college degree, list school name, degree type, major, graduated or not, and hours completed if not graduated. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Preferred qualifications: Experience with PST investigations or other related environmental activities. OSHA 40 hour Personal Protection course, or other safety training. Excellent communication skills. Organized and careful attention to detail.
May work in all weather conditions.
May work in extreme temperatures.
May work around standard office conditions.
May work around chemicals.
May work around electrical and mechanical hazards.
Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
Traveling is required for this position with some assignments requiring overnight stays. Must have reliable transportation for travel to site locations and a valid driver’s license.
Must have internet and home office capabilities. Security Sensitive; criminal background check conducted.
TCEQ told me on 1/3/2013 that these high Benzene readings were coded in error and have been indentified as the “standard” that the operator was suppose to code as “ST” instead of the actual calibration reading. These high readings have since been removed and coded as either IQ, CS, ST, or BL.
Note that the City of Arlington’s Gas Well Inspectors do not oversee this padsite because it is a state owned entity…yet we breathe the air and pay taxes to keep these inspectors employed.
I’m feeling pretty good about my little rant over this padsite. It has been downwind to my family for over 7 years, and now my husband is being treated for cancer in his right neck lymph nodes and my teen continues to show elevated VMA levels which is one of the indicators of adrenal tumors….but hey I’m doing all I can, no one reading this blog cannot say I haven’t tried. But to finally see the air monitor at UTA “behave” is a good thang.
The real test to see if the recent maintenance and the Toxic Tank Babysitter job, is mitigating public health exposures will be when the winds stop blowing. You can be sure I’ll be looking at that monitor.