Economic Development MSD Expedited in ignoring known contamination in Arlington Texas

There are 281 water wells within  5 miles of a legally abandoned Benzene contaminated area. This is near the Cowboy Stadium which is about 1,000 feet from my home.

One of those water wells is Pantego’s  drinking water source.

Another one of those water wells belongs to the City of Arlington (I wonder if it is the old mineral well that I was assured that was capped-I never did find out any details on how or when it was capped-guess its not officially capped since Terracon excluded known plugged and abandoned wells from their list of people to contact about this pending MSD…..


“Dear Feil Kim, Your public information you requested:The mineral water well located near the Central Library at 101 W. Abram Street has not been in service since 1984.  The water fountain was disconnected at that time…”

FYI on Municipal Setting Designations where the state allows exemption to REMEDIATION on known contamination (ie old gasoline stations etc.. Arlington has drilling as a type of business for potential MSD on their webpage.

These exemptions are in the interest of economic development and collecting taxes compliments of the TCEQ. As usual, I share my love letters and Mr Sallman’s timely response that I boldfaced for emphasis…

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: kim feil <>

To: “” <>  

Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:56 AM

Subject: MSD 12-1 ref project #95127039.2A at 305 N East St, Arlington TX 76011

Mr Sallman, please Ref page 23 where Table 5 titled “Groundwater Sample Analytical Results – VOC’s and TPH” has PCL’s related to soil and not water. Were those thresholds not available for water contamination?

Please also tell me the status of the MSD, where your company reported… “based on the available, analytical data, it is likely that the Contaminents of Concern detected in ground water at the proposed MSD 12-1 site exceed assessment levels off-site as well.” 

My interest is that I live at 409 Elm and the Benzene plume probably extends to my property and my husband has cancer in his lymph nodes (they could not find the primary tumor). My teenage son has a VMA biomarker that tested positive that signals to look for an adrenal tumor, and his total lymphocyte percent count is abnormally low on repeated tests.

We drink municipal water that is filtered in our home, but were wondering if you ever conducted air tests on any other MSD’s just to see if any known Benzene detections close to the surface soil is aerosolizing? Your soil testing uncovered Benzene in one of your monitoring areas at 28 times the PST threshold albeit was 12 feet down. I’m still uncomfortable that Benzene was detected so close to my home only 2 feet down ( at 25% of the legal threshold for soil contamination).

Do you have any other info on how MSD’s could be affected with seismic activity of nearby gaswell drilling as this MSD location is extremely close to the Chesapeake drill site. I appreciated the breakdown of the info on the eleven monitoring wells, but would have liked to see the location of where the wells were because well #3 exceeded the Benzene 544 times the TCEQ PST threshold for water.

I have mixed emotions on if the clean up should have happened because I understand the dynamics of disturbing COC’s and sometimes they are better off waiting for nature to attenuate which could be up to 200 years for Petroleum related VOC’s. I’m not sure about how long the arsenic or lead natural clean up takes. Thank you for updating me and providing me with any other feedback you may have in this matter.

Kim Feil ————–

Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:38 AM
Subject: RE: MSD 12-1 ref project #95127039.2A at 305 N East St, Arlington TX 76011
Ms. Feil, I will try to answer each of your questions, but may not answer them in the same order asked.  First, the TCEQ issued an MSD certificate for the site.  Terracon has also submitted an Assessment Report Form (ARF) to the TCEQ Petroleum Storage Tank Division.  Both the MSD and the ARF are considered public record and are available for review at the TCEQ in Austin.
Page 23, Table 5 has a typographical error, and it should say “Groundwater” instead of “Soil” at the top of the last column in the table.  Please note that the well locations were provided on Figure 1 of the MSD submittal.
I do not have information regarding how an MSD site could be affected by seismic activity associated with gas well drilling.  The TCEQ and/or the Texas Railroad Commission may have more pertinent information regarding those issues.
Please note that the City’s water is supplied from surface water reservoirs, and not groundwater resources.  The ARF (which is public record) has information regarding each type of sampling conducted on the site.  Typically, air inhalation action levels are not exceeded, thus air sampling is typically not required on most sites.
I hope this answers your questions.  If you have additional questions, I encourage you to make an open records request for the TCEQ submittals and look those over.

John B. Sallman, P.G.
Senior Principal I

Assistant Director of Environmental Services
Terracon Consultants, Inc.


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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