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?
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From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Mon, June 10, 2013 9:55:41 AM
Subject: Q on update on UTA Gas Well webpage
“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.”
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: http://www.uta.edu/naturalgas. And of course, you’re welcome to contact me directly anytime at email@example.com.
Thank you for your ongoing support for this important project.
James D. Spaniolo
The University of Texas at Arlington