update: LABC emission event(s) April 2015
I count (and will detail when I get time-gotta prepare for ice storm-but it is all written down) almost 40 events for the DFW area that I know about (I would know more if the city didn’t want to charge me over $200 to find out through Open Records Requests)….these include foul rotten egg odors and other type releases and spills (like into Lake Arlington our drinking water source) or truck fracking traffic related spills from hurried or sleepy drivers (one child was accidently struck and killed)..
.but no blow out yet…..oops Denton had one…on 4/19/13.
The MISD Performing Arts Center had another toxic soap event, a nearby fire close call, and a release on 9/13/14. They had an earlier release with pics too. TCEQ came out on Oct 16, 2013 and recorded emissions coming from this drill site that is dangerously close to the MISD Performing Art Center ….here is the video using a FLIR infrared camera to show the invisible hydrocarbons. UPDATE 9/19/14 from Tam – “David Nicholson emailed me to tell me that the pipeline had a hole in it and ER shut it in at 8:15 am. So FD. Let it run for 5 hrs before it got controlled– glad it was misty outside that day and not a typical dry hot morning- one spark and it could have been bad!”
1/1/15 T. Thomas of Ft Worth wrote…”
times stronger and disgusting. There was NO odor at 3:00, the last time I
went outside before smelling it. If anyone were outside tonight, they
would be made sick by this smell. My husband came outside to see what I
was talking about, walked around the yard a bit and immediately got a
headache. So, since its very cold and we are in a gas neighborhood, I
thought I should report it in case someone’s heater or pipes were
leaking gas or someone was burning something that should not be burned
in the chimney or in case it was something I couldn’t imagine. I looked
up who to report that to and got a link for the TCEQ. Called and got a
Report No. and was told someone would be checking it out and calling me
back; said that I should report it to the City’s Fire Department if I
was concerned it could be dangerous. Who am I to know if this terrible
smell is dangerous or if its source is… so I did. The FW Fire
Department sent a great, big, beautiful, lit-up truck and 4 or 5 very
nice and fit Firemen, who let me know that yeah it smelled pretty bad
but unfortunately it was, due to their experience, coming from the local
gas well -some sort of petroleum chemical applicant that they’ve
encountered before… but which well (we have CHK, XTO, sites all around
us and a Vantage site in 1,000 feet)? So since Vantage Energy is
drilling 8 new wells right now, I thought I should call their 24 hour
hotline and let the know about it. Then I get a call back from the TCEQ
who let me know that on these matters they defer to the City’s
Environmental Department; here’s the number; but they are probably
closed – which of course they are because its a holiday. So I called and
left a message for them too. In the meantime, it smells SO strong and
SO bad outside, I hope all of my neighbors have their pets and friends
inside already because of the cold or they are going to be ILL. If
anyone has any thoughts on what this could be or how to make it stop,
please feel free to let me know. THIS HAS GOT TO BE OUTSIDE OF THE
BOUNDS OF WHAT IS PERMISSIBLE FROM REGULATORY AND LEASE REGULATIONS IN
TERMS OF NOXIOUS ODORS!!! Thanks!”
If you live by the Rice Drill site near Hutchinson Jr High…read here…https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/arlington-emission-event-by-daycare-and-jr-hi-could-have-been-avoided-with-batteries/
Ice ice storm baby…get ready….hope the red button works if the icey roads let the experts get to it….co-existing w/ gas wells = risk-isting. Oh please don’t get me started on those viagra related lift compressors at alot of these sites….hope the electricity stays on or an emergency shut down will release raw gases and BTEX into the airshed or into the storage tanks where they just invisibly vent…but if you want to see what an infrared camera uncovers on those storage tanks look at the video entitled “Lake Arlington Natural Gas Storage Tanks Infrared FLIR camera reveals toxins constantly spewing”.…no wonder why people say there is a cancer cluster near Marin Highschool and the Lake Arlington area.
This article http://www.arlingtontx.gov/planning/pdf/Gas_Wells/IncidentReports/IncidentReport%20Overcoming%20Faith%2082713.pdf doesn’t cover the Kennedale, DWG or Pantego emission events either.
One guy In Kennedale had a dead deer and …well heres the story.
They also fogot the big stank event in the Entertainment District last Jan and now I’m finding out it included a flowback complaint in December of 2012.
And of course the opacity violations with toxic silica dust don’t count as emission events either…just preparing a drill site created a lung hazard for me and my son one morning. This wasn’t the first time either….in Grapevine me and two others were on the highway and was exposed to fracking silica dust on 2/8/12 8:15 pm.
And did this reporter bother about the Colleyville issues with personal well water degregation that nobody bothered to follow up or even test on?
Here is a letter from back in June so at that rate we maybe average 40 dispatch to drill site calls a year in Arlington.
From: kim feil <email@example.com>
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Sent: Mon, June 3, 2013 8:41:08 AM
Subject: Need your assistance on open records charge
8/27/2013 to TCEQ/RRC:
On 8/27/2013 the Arlington Fire Department was dispatched to the Overcoming Faith Drill site as a result of a citizen complaint. According to the 911 dispatch the details of the complaint are as follows, “Gas Well Response, FD (Fire Department) is responding to 4700 Eden. Reference: hissing and loud popping noises coming from gas well site. Upon arrival, per the Fire Inspector Jay White, the Emergency Shut Down (ESD) devise was utilized. However, well 6H did not properly shut-in. The situation was brought under control with manual isolation of the wells. A site investigation is underway to identify the root cause of the incident.
Detailed Violation Description:
As a result of well 6H’s failure to shut-in properly after the activation of the ESD located on the Overcoming Faith Drill site, a notice of violation has been issued. Offense: failure to maintain automated valve that closes the well in in the event of an abnormal change in operating pressure. This is a violation of Ordinance No. 11-068, Article VII, Section A, line 13.
Incident reported to the Rail Road Commission Engineer, Marshall Berryhill at 9:20am on 8/27/2013. Please contact Jessica Minley, Gas Well Specialist, for any follow up question regarding the above incident and/or violation issued.
Release at Mansfield natural gas drilling site investigated
MANSFIELD — The unexpected venting of natural gas at a Carrizo Oil & Gas well site Friday morning, which briefly put two schools on alert, shows the need for gas inspection and training programs, Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson said.
“What this incident shows today is this: Things do happen at well sites,” Crowson said.
Arlington and Mansfield firefighters were called to the site, 1751 E. Debbie Lane, near Matlock Road just before 8 a.m. after residents called 911 to report “smoggy mist” and noise. Students were kept indoors at James Coble Middle School and Brockett Elementary for about 45 minutes during the release, which created a loud hissing and sent a white vapor cloud through surrounding neighborhoods.
No injuries were reported, and firefighters did not detect natural gas in neighborhoods or near the schools downwind.
Carrizo and fire officials say they believe corrosive sand in the pipeline of a newly producing well caused a small rupture in a valve and allowed water and natural gas to vent at high pressure for about 20 minutes before the system automatically shut down.
Crowson said that the primary and secondary automatic safety valves failed after the rupture but that a third valve eventually shut off the gas flow.
For Crowson, the incident illustrates why he pushed the Arlington City Council to impose a gas well fee that will pay for an inspection and training program designed to help the Fire Department better understand energy industry operations and prevent and respond to natural gas well emergencies.
“We want to build a system that equips our team with advanced, pre-planned knowledge of a well site and information about potential exposure risks around a well site,” he said. “If we did have a worse type of emergency, like a fire, our goal is to be prepared for those types of things and maintain neighborhood integrity and keep the incident as isolated as possible.”
Arlington has more than 300 gas wells and is called to assist at wells along the borders with neighboring cities, such as Mansfield.
‘Choke valves … fail’
The first firefighters arrived about six minutes after the first 911 call, Crowson said. It took about 30 minutes for a Carrizo representative to arrive after being contacted by firefighters, officials said.
By then, the automated shutoff system had kicked in and “there was no imminent danger,” according to a Carrizo report.
“This kind of stuff happens. You will have choke valves that will fail,” said Rusty Ward, Carrizo’s vice president of regulatory affairs. “There are so many redundant safety devices on these well sites. If one thing doesn’t shut it down, something else will.”
School officials kept children indoors for about 45 minutes and turned off air intake vents at Coble and Brockett as a precaution, officials said.
“At Brockett there was some odor in the air, but our students were not in any danger,” Principal Chuck Roe said in an e-mail to parents.
Richie Escovedo, a spokesman for the Mansfield school district, said: “Our district police took swift action to make sure, out of an abundance of precaution, that the campus was put on red alert. They didn’t feel anybody was in danger. They just wanted to make sure they were following safety procedures.”
The City Council this month approved Crowson’s proposed preparedness and response plan, the first of its kind in the Barnett Shale.
This year, the city will begin charging drillers in Arlington $2,397 annually per gas well.
That fee will generate an estimated $781,450 a year for additional firefighters, industry-specific training and equipment. Arlington plans to create a new fire captain position to oversee the program as well as a new gas well inspector position and six additional firefighter positions. The city will also begin sending 42 other firefighters for training in Houston this summer, Crowson said.
‘Never any danger’
By Friday afternoon, the damaged section of pipe had been repaired and the well was returned to production, according to a Carrizo report. An estimated 3,400 cubic feet of natural gas and about two barrels of water were vented. The well produces about 6 million cubic feet of natural gas a day, Ward said.
The steam reaching the residential contained no natural gas, and any odor reported could have been sulfur that is added to natural gas so it can be detected, Ward said.
“That small amount of gas was completely on top of the atmosphere by the time you got to the wall of the drill site. There was never any danger to a kid or residents,” Ward said.
No other gas release has been reported at the site, which has multiple wells.
Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578
Yeandle Drill Site emission event
From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:01 PM
Subject: new harmed person comes forward please add
Part of my e-mail to Robert Rivera, 12/2/2011, location Countryside neighborhood, which is the neighborhood next to Rocking Horse drill site:
‘Earlier today, I stopped on Briarpath, and smelled the same smell but only much more potent. This smell made me disoriented, anxious and nauseated within a few seconds. I left the area but had a headache for hours afterwards. This scared the living heck out of me. A local police officer had the same experience with the same exact symptoms on the same street just before I was there. He had been there trying to locate the source of smell that the neighbors were complaining about.’
Jane Lynns site story
So here is the google earth maps from the above dispatch list…yes some drill sites were repeat offenders…this only goes from 2010 t0 almost 3/3/12…most of the red balloons are the address from where the complaint originated.