Things R coming to a head in the Barnett Shale and NOT just for those with water wells finding more and more Methane (like in Parker County recently). And thanks to the UTA Tex Well study, we now know that some folks with water wells within 2 miles of drilling have found Arsenic up to 18 times the norm.
But in Arlington, we have two issues that have surfaced that are related to ground movement/main breaks and foul, intermittant odors.
The statement was made at the Water Research Foundation summit (on one of my previous blogs) that baseline data was needed to compare ground movment PRIOR to drilling…..ooops…. I don’t think Arlington has that data.
Over the years I’ve seen people testify at City Council meetings about how their foundations are shifting more so than ever before since the drilling. “Well” (yes pun intended) the City of Arlington itself is now having some “issues”…it may have taken years for the REAL damage to show itself, but the sheer number of water main breaks (sewer mains too?) in Arlington tell a new story…especially since in the past we’ve been through worse heat and longer lapses without rain. Now when the rains come, you can count on ground swelling….and all hell is breaking loose in Arlington Gasland Texas….homes are settling at rates like folks have NEVER seen before and the difference is coincidently fracking that occurred nearby?
In speaking to an Atmos guy while checking out a sizable sinkhole across the street from my home, he complained that his foundations were cracking on two of his properties…since fracking.
In my own backyard recently, I’m noting a small sinkhole thats growing and I’ve lived here for over 22 years now.
I’ve come to the conclusion that my first $85 royalty check verified that I’ve been drilled under and that it came with a new price (besides all the $$ we spent on chemo/radiation)…. and that “new” price is ground subsidence which equals property damage that insurance companies do not cover.
Regarding the foul intermittant odor near the ATT Cowboy’s Stadium, here is a short clip of Rick from Ricks Transmissions at 711 E division whose business backs up to the Truman/ATT Cowboys Stadium Chesapeake drill site. On September 10th, (poor guy) I flashed my recorder at him and had him specify what kind of odor he has been experiencing which he described as the local dump.
So far I’ve learned that the odor can be coming from…
1) the sewer mains breaking or venting (yeah the stadiums do send lotsa poop down the pipes, and there are lot’sa port-a-johns during tailgating) or
2) the new “drill site” Chesapeake smell (like in the January 2013 odor event) or
3) bacterial growth in the produced waters
Between the earth moving and the bowels (of the earth) smell…I fear we have a double jeopardy in Arlington.
In this video below, a TCEQ rep offered up the drill site port-a-john excuse as a plausible explanation …..
If you want to see more of Sid Subsidance, watch this next video where Benzene recently visited the Levitt Pavillion for the Eco Fest…this time he didn’t get dragged off by the police, but he did witness the police giving the business to some other people…