Fracking Legacy Letters of James D. Spaniolo Former Pres University of Texas at Arlington

My blog is mostly a collection of letter sharing for future litigation purposes for anyone needing proof of how much forwarning & begging for Home Rule protections against Urban Drilling has occurred. How will the new UTArlington President, Vistasp Karbhari, address the damage done by his former colleague?


—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <>
Sent: Mon, June 10, 2013 9:55:41 AM
Subject: Q on update on UTA Gas Well webpage

Mr Lewis, as an alumni and an air quality stakeholder in the area, I follow the progress of the equipment on campus and noticed an update on 1/13/2013 that an electric compressor station was added to increase production.
Do you also have an update to the amount of royalties paid to the university or have a break down that is available to the public? I am trying to ascertain if the compressor station is performing as intended.
Please advise how to get more financial information on how the university is “currently” enjoying royalties, thank you.
Also I saw an ad in Craigs list earlier this year for an on-campus job to oversee the battery of storage tanks. Do you also have information on what drove the creation of this position?
There was activity in February see attached photo-do you know if they were replacing casings? If so which wells did that occur on so I can track if this assited in production as well?
Thanks for the additional update requests
Kim Feil

“To help control levels of sound at the source, the compressor station will be powered by an electric motor. Use of an electric motor also ensures that there will be no airborne or surface discharges of any kind.”

September 17, 2008

To the University Community:

I am pleased to provide you with an update on recent progress and future activity at the natural gas site at UT Arlington.

In early August, Carrizo Oil & Gas began the well completion phase at the site located at the southeast corner of our campus. This phase included the process of fracturing, or “fracing,” which stimulates the gas flow to the surface. Thanks to excellent weather and to Carrizo’s diligence, the “fracing” process was completed last Thursday — ahead of schedule. Most additional activity and truck traffic associated with this process has already subsided.

The well completion phase is almost complete, and we anticipate that natural gas will be flowing soon. As outlined in previous communications, the final activity associated with the well completion phase includes the process of flowback and flaring. During the flowback process, water used for the fracing is extracted from the wells and transported off-site, and the natural gas released during fracing begins to flow to the surface.

As the natural gas reaches the surface, each well goes through a controlled procedure called flaring. This routine process typically takes about 24 to 48 hours per well, and we expect the entire flaring process for the six wells to take from two to five days to complete. Flaring will begin this Saturday, September 20. During this time, Carrizo has advised us that it is likely that a flame from the apparatus inside the well site might be visible from outside the well site. This is standard practice within the natural gas industry and is entirely normal and safe. As part of Carrizo’s emergency preparedness plan, the company’s highly skilled and trained staff will coordinate the flaring operation with the Arlington Fire Department.

As soon as the well completion phase is finished, Carrizo will begin the production and transportation phase, which is the final step in the development process. During this phase, gas is extracted from the wells and delivered via pipelines to market. Carrizo has developed an innovative plan — believed to be unique in Tarrant County and in accordance with existing local city laws — in cooperation with a local pipeline company to utilize existing utility routes that already contain similar equipment and infrastructure. This has reduced the need to construct pipelines on private property and is making the process of getting gas from the wells to market much more efficient.

Following the production and transportation phase, a small compressor station will be constructed to serve Carrizo and other companies, if needed. UT Arlington is requiring that sound from the compressor station not exceed existing levels of ambient sound levels in the area (typical sound levels calculated before this facility is installed). This requirement is more restrictive than the noise standards established by City of Arlington ordinances. To help control levels of sound at the source, the compressor station will be powered by an electric motor, which is believed to be the first such station in the Barnett Shale. The compressor station will be a compact facility enclosed by a brick wall, and the entire site will be landscaped once the facility is complete.

As our natural gas program progresses, we will continue to communicate with you on a regular basis. In the meantime, our web site will always include the latest news and updated information: And of course, you’re welcome to contact me directly anytime at

Thank you for your ongoing support for this important project.


Signature of James D. Spaniolo, UT Arlington President

James D. Spaniolo
The University of Texas at Arlington


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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