June 2014 Barnett Shale DFW municipal update…
New report: Unregulated contaminants common in drinking water…“Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated chemicals, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant.”
Baker Hughes, Grand Prairie TX pic worth a thousand words
When I conducted a Barnett Shale urban drilling tour
for the Dallas Frack Attack
summit, we stopped at the Arlington Baker Hughes facility and I smelled that same cat piss odor that invaded my home last January
when Chesapeake was pulling up the equipment from the bowels of the earth and legally stunk up the area near the ATT Cowboys Stadium. I was concerned that Baker Hughes was washing frac tanks in Arlington at the south Cooper street location. TCEQ investigated, but found no air quality violations.
Later I contacted TCEQ again about my concerns for effluents coming off of the Grand Prairie Baker Hughes site going into our storm water drains as the aerial photographs leads me to (still) believe. TCEQ contacted the City of Grand Prairie who responded in writing….
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Jim Cummings <Jcumming@GPTX.org>
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Cc: Cathy Dimaggio <Cdimaggi@GPTX.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5:51 PM
Subject: Baker Hughes
does not conduct any type of tank washing operations.
James R. Cummings
Environmental Services Director
City of Grand Prairie
P.O. Box 534045
Grand Prairie, Texas 75053-4045
Here is another testamony as to how reckless the industry is to our water supplies…..
courageously comments on this link… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-devaney/teacher-and-principal-pre_b_3256988.html
“I know Fracking is done similarly to drilling for oil, I have worked on oilrigs down in Texas and I can tell you that there are definatly chemichals used in the drilling process that are definatly harmful. The simple act of cleaning the oil derrick is polluting, it is done by taking a bucket and mixing Diesel Fuel and detergent powder, and using a scrub brush and scrubbing down the rig then rinsing the dirt/diesel fuel/detergent mixture directly onto the ground where it is absorbed directly into the ground water so when the oil industry says that they are non polluting I can tell you first hand that they are full of s@#t. Number 2 is I have been in the oil fields and know how much oil is being produced right here in the USA and there is no justification for the gas prices we are paying. we have more than enough oil in reserve to last for generations….we are being screwed (big surprise huh?)”
Our Arlington TX drinking water source, Lake Arlington, was indirectly impacted by this drilling madness near our drinking water source. Here is the 2010 city press release link http://www.arlingtontx.gov/news/2010/archive_0110_01.html
that states…“Fort Worth Water Utility officials today reported that an overflow occurred early Tuesday morning at the site of a sewer line relocation project resulting in an overflow into Lake Arlington. Quicksilver Resources Inc. is relocating a Fort Worth 54-inch sewer line in order to place a gas well pad site near Lake Arlington.”
I will never forget how our Lake Arlington received unknown barrels of spilled waste water from the Quicksilver drill site on the Ft Worth side of the lake. The Star Telegram reported….“The additional monitoring system was not prompted by the horizontal gas well drilling occurring beneath the lake, Benton said. In July 2010, a small amount of produced water from Quicksilver Resource’s Olcott South drill site in Fort Worth leaked into Lake Arlington after the shutoff valve of the storage container was apparently left open. Arlington tested the water but found no contamination related to the spill, officials reported. “It was far enough way from the treatment intake. We couldn’t find anything tremendously wrong,” Benton said.”
Arlington TX 2012 Water Quality Report
When there is air pollution, there is fallout water pollution risk too (acid rain). Here is the state letter detailing the high formaldehyde found near Lake Arlington…
update-not sure what happened to original link but here is related to what I’ve found from above link…
I guess those being made to drink municipal water near fracking have to put up with those subscribing to the mantra “dilution is the solution to water pollution”…..yeah tell your thyroid, pancreas, liver, & gallbladder that.
So in closing here is a recent letter to our Arlington staff to protect the one of the sources that Lake Arlington utilizes which is Cedar Creek Lake…….
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “Michael.Buettner@arlingtontx.gov” <Michael.Buettner@arlingtontx.gov>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Jay Doegey <Jay.Doegey@arlingtontx.gov>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “Stuart.Young@arlingtontx.gov” <Stuart.Young@arlingtontx.gov>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 3, 2013 11:29 AM
Subject: Town hall meeting to focus on petroleum pipeline running under Cedar Creek Lake (Texas)
The best way to reduce the risk that repurposing a 65 yer old pipeline that runs under one of our drinking water sources (to carry highly corrosive bitumen) is to not allow it to be opened. Please send representatives from Arlington water dept to this meeting.
Recall the Arkansas spill…now that the pipe is repaired over there, they want to open it here…under our drinking water source…taint worth the risk-please help.
If there is 1% Benzene in regular oil and if one tsp of Benzene can pollute 261,000 gallons of water, we have a zero tolerance for any spill don’t we?
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