UTArlington News Release on Tex Well study results NOT GOOD !

UPDATE August 31 2014 The Denton Recond-Chronicle reported  of the Tex Well study...”According to the UTA study, which was published in Environmental Science & Technology journal, “The maximum concentration of arsenic detected in a sample from an active [gas well] extraction area was almost 18 times higher than both the maximum concentration among the nonactive/reference area samples and historical levels from this region.”
Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum contaminant limit for arsenic is 10 parts per billion. Anything over that is considered unsafe. The UTA team found that 29 out of 90 water wells exceeded the EPA standard. Methanol and ethanol, two chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, were also detected in 29 percent of water samples, according to the study.”

On Facebook tell Tex Wells thanks for their important work. The irony here is that UTArlington has on campus gaswells…a workover rig is up as I type this.


http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es4011724 abstract reads… (I boldfaced for emphasis)

“Natural gas has become a leading source of alternative energy with the advent of techniques to economically extract gas reserves from deep shale formations. Here, we present an assessment of private well water quality in aquifers overlying the Barnett Shale formation of North Texas. We evaluated samples from 100 private drinking water wells using analytical chemistry techniques. Analyses revealed that arsenic, selenium, strontium and total dissolved solids (TDS) exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking Water Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) in some samples from private water wells located within 3 km (1.86 mile) of active natural gas wells. Lower levels of arsenic, selenium, strontium, and barium were detected at reference sites outside the Barnett Shale region as well as sites within the Barnett Shale region located more than 3 km from active natural gas wells. Methanol and ethanol were also detected in 29% of samples. Samples exceeding MCL levels were randomly distributed within areas of active natural gas extraction, and the spatial patterns in our data suggest that elevated constituent levels could be due to a variety of factors including mobilization of natural constituents, hydrogeochemical changes from lowering of the water table, or industrial accidents such as faulty gas well casings.”

As a concerned citizen, I want to act upon this study….

  • There are 281 water wells within 5 miles of the ATT Cowboys Stadium which is about 1,000 feet from my home. I have the addresses of all those citizen and municipal water wells through a city open records request on the MSD near my home and hope to get communication info of this study out to at these identified people that are already identified. Chances are thay they ARE within 2 miles of drilling and need to at least take arsenic sampling if they are drinking or watering their yards/crops/animals. Who can help me with the postage costs?
    I’ve been the most anxious to view this report as I’m a friend on the Tex Well Facebook and expected the release of this report last July…now I’m advised by Tex Wells to meet with them in person before I attempt to contact the up to 300 water well owners within a five mile area of my home.
    I’ve contacted the mayor of Pantego since THEY R on well water…ouch!!!
    I expect our Arlington Water Department to keep their head in the sand and only care about surface water quality for their municipal treatment drinking water plants…but someone has yet to tell me that our surface waters are NOT fed from failed casing risked ground water supplies.
    I am aware that we pipe into Lake Arlington (our supply) from at least CedarCreek and Richland Chambers.  Of course there is fracking near there. Yesterday on the news, a Corsiciana gas well casing blew up at a drill site which is near Richland Chambers Reservoir.  I need reassurance that ground water doesn’t ever communicate with surface water that could be piped into Lake Arlington.
    I also need assurances that any possible failed casings UNDER Lake Arlington won’t ever migrate up into Lake Arlington.
    Lastly, I know I’ll never get accident proof assurances from surface drill site spills…we’ve already had a driller called Quicksilver spill (due to a clean out valve left open on a tank that overfilled) from the Ft Worth side into our Lake Arlington a few summers ago.

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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