Open Record Fees = Transparency NOT on Arlington Agenda for Gas Wells Website

Update 1/2014  I am working to get all the Arlington Fire Dept gaswell “GWEL” dispatch reports. So far I have received at no charge an Excel spreadsheet report, but it missed (at least) two dispatch report numbers. One on 4/11/11 of the dispatch to the XTO site at Dalworthington Gardens. The other did NOT have the GWEL code but DID have the code 412 where they dispatched for gas leak on incident report #13-0026144 on 9/17 2013 to the Bruder site in Arlington.

This is not the first time that I’ve requested for our Arlington City Gas Well Webpage to have USEFUL information for those residents having to live so close to URBAN industrial mining for natural gas.

—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: jay.white@arlingtontx.gov; jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov; Jay Doegey <Jay.Doegey@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov; charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov; lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov; trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov; jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov; michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov; robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov; kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov; sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov; don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov; jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov; roger.venables@arlingtontx.gov; cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov

Sent: Sat, June 8, 2013 1:48:58 PM
Subject: Why were there no field notes on the Bruder Gas Release? Open Records Fees, Transparency

I received a $10 bill for my Open Records Request for a CD of the 911 calls for a gas release at the Bruder site. This bill included an incident report that I did not request. This bill did not include the field notes and the 911 dispatch log as requested.
Here is a copy of my  open records request #W011549-052113….
“Please provide the …
1) AFD field rep notes and the
2) gas well coordinator’s field notes on AFD incident #13-0013727 for the gas release at the Bruder drill site at 3701 W I20 that occurred on 5/21/2013 around 1:15 pm. 
Also please send the 
3) 911 transcript and 
4) CD for the related phone calls 
thanks for these 4 things.”
END.
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I have emails out to Councilman Parker and Councilwoman Wolff regarding the need for information to be accessible on the 911 incidents occurring at these drill sites.  It would also be advisable for our inspectors to follow up with posting the TCEQ or RRC results of their investigations on the City Gas Well Website too.
While our gaswell website has access to the city permit information, maps, and inspection reports…I find the site is virtually useless in getting helpful information about time frames of the activity at the sites and what type of pollution, odor, spill, or sound event that occurred at the site.
This type of information is what the citizens deserve in being made to co-exist with industrial operations in their neighborhoods and near their schools.  In the spirit of transparency this is what the city should strive for.
I have also been quoted a $25 $140.00 (update 1/2014)Open Records Fee for a list of the gas leak incident reports for a two year period. This is why I am re-requesting that this info be posted for ALL Arlington citizens.
PS I have not received a response from the 911 Response Gaswell Lead, Jay White, on this email below when the Entertainment District was inundated with Chesapeake foul odors which came into my home (and note that my windows were NOT opened).
The TCEQ report on that odor event says that they were retrieving/pulling up equipment out of the 1H Bobcat well.
Jay Doegey, how do I address on a legal basis for neglect and zero response to my concerns for public safety?
Jay White and Jessica Minley, why are there no field notes on the Bruder Gas Release? There were field notes available through Open Records for the odor event at the Truman/Cowboys Stadium.
Thank You all for your attention to these matters.
I would like to remind you that the fourth well at the Truman/Cowboys Stadium drillsite by my home has yet to be fracked and flowed back. I expect the city to MAKE them use Best Available Control Technologies to…
1) Use non-diesel fuel to power frack compressors and engines
2) Use mitigation devices to capture the flying silica dust
I have sick family members and pet…I have been begging for your assistance and pray for you to come to our aid to minimize the emissions on finishing that 4th gaswell near my family.
These Open Records Charges are hitting our pocketbook at a time when we are trying to pay for my husbands cancer treatments and other hospital bills for my teenager who recently had a longboard accident on an Arlington street while trying to avoid a car, but alas thats a Parks Department failure that I’ve been asking them to address and for another blog post.
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: jay.white@arlingtontx.gov
Sent: Fri, February 1, 2013 10:15:56 AM
Subject: 3 Q’s I have after speaking w/Randy Fulton on the Chesapeake odor event by the Cowboy Stadium Jan 30 and Jan 31

Besides what has been written in the dispatch report that I just did an Open Records request on, I am hoping to find out more from you because Randy only had limited information that didn’t answer the questions I had such as..
1) what (equipment) did AFD use to air test -he mentioned a pyrometric tube that sucked in air sample(s), but admitted it was not like the pricey spectrometer I mentioned to him that can speciate on the spot what the effluents were….FYI I have been requesting council budget for this  numerous times over the last three years ever since I read the press release http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/14315/
” Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is investing $1.8 million in 1st Detect Corp. for the development and commercialization of a portable mass spectrometer that detects residues and vapors from harmful substances.”
2) did AFD deploy the TCEQ suma canisters that were left with them? Jared Wessel, lead Barnett Shale TCEQ rep and I spoke a while back about the possibility of AFD having these on their trucks, but Chief Crowson calls that suma canister deployment (just turn a valve) a “house keeping function”, and not his department’s responsibility to be able to take a sample before TCEQ can arrive.
3) were any chemicals were used during this workover that could have accounted for the odors-specifically I was hoping that someone was prepared to specifically test for the presence of hydrochloric acid because it is one of the main chemicals used after drilling and before fracturing. I read that it has a pungent, irritating odor and has an odor threshold of 7mg/m3 that I converted to be at approx. 5ppm…so if we could smell it, then it was at least at 5 ppm…the MSDS sheet herehttp://www.chem.tamu.edu/class/majors/msdsfiles/msdshcl.htm says that
Airborne Exposure Limits:

-OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL):
5 ppm Ceiling
-ACGIH Threshold Limit Value (TLV):
5 ppm Ceiling

4) What MSDS sheets for hydrochloric acid (or any other sheets) was given to your dept. or are kept on hand at the site for this work over phase?  I really am fearful to personally go over there and view them myself.
The workover rig came down right away after all this drama yesterday….I’m curious to learn if hydrochloric acid is used in the early workover phase or on the last two days before the workover rig comes down….I would have never dreamed I’d yearn to learn about mining for fossil fuels to such detail…but such is my calling-I hope you understand my plight to fight to make sure they are drilling right…darn-there I go rhyming again…I just want to get back to my music and never signed up to baby sit the drillers and be a guinea pig in co-existing near urban drilling.
I breathed that cat urine like, eye burning odor for a few hours on Jan 30th starting from about 8:am ish. My mother-in-law noticed it first before it got stronger.  I turned off my central unit and had to open a window it was so strong….originally I though a cat crawled up under my 100 year old home or was spraying near my air intake unit. When I was driving on Collins south to the intersection of Division street yesterday around noon, I was hit with that same identical odor again which gave me a temporary headache and fast beating heart (from the stress?) AND my throat is still irritated as I type this. I happen to be video taping at the time I realized where that odor actually was coming from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0B6iXSyAiM
Here is a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krmPrfzEO_Q that shows a west Texas drilling out a plug process using air foam that I thought I’d share with you and ask if you saw foam like that when ya’ll were out there yesterday?  After seeing that video, I understand why a valve needs to be put over the piping…wow. Is that valve called a Blow Out Protector (BOP)?  I’m still learning a bunch here-thanks for your assistance in my somewhat technical questions.
Thanks
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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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