TCEQ Barnett Shale Benzene “drive by” readings in retrospect

UPDATE OCT 2014  Here is TCEQ’s newest report on violators

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UPDATE>>> BenZene had babies, he named them Phenol & Aldehyde….

Found this old spreadsheet called “List of Canister Samples”. Note they only show readings starting at the longterm ESL of 1.4 ppb. The shorterm, one hour is 180 ppb.

Some of these were taken with the Mobile Response Team (MRT)..and that is when the folks from Austin actually lend us that fancy lil van that does “drive by” readings.

Here is a link for the Ft Worth drive bys in April 2010.

Not sure of the timeframes here but probably starts in 2009 and predates 2012.

FYI Benzene was at 2.3 ppb on ACL sample#1203037 dated in March of 2013 at the Arlington #1 DFW Midstream Compressor Station which blows into our high, densely populated neighborhoods.

Click here for more on what the EPA has to say about benzene’s half life chemical reactions….

 “benzene is released to the atmosphere, it will exist predominantly in the vapor phase. Gas-phase benzene will not be subject to direct photolysis but it will react with photochemically produced hydroxyl radicals with a half-life of 13.4 days calculated using an experimental rate constant for the reaction. The reaction time in polluted atmospheres which contain nitrogen oxides or sulfur dioxide is accelerated with the half-life being reported as 4-6 hours. Products of photooxidation (of Benzene) include phenol, nitrophenols, nitrobenzene, formic acid, and peroxyacetyl nitrate.

Benzene is fairly soluble in water and is removed from the atmosphere in rain. The primary routes of exposure are inhalation of contaminated air, especially in areas with high traffic, and in the vicinity of gasoline service stations and consumption of contaminated drinking water.

I have read that 1 tsp of Benzene can contaminate about 261,000 gallons of water and we cannot afford to risk our Texas water especially in a drought.

We have known about Barnett Shale issues associated with Benzene, namely Formaldehyde (I have blogged on the Titan air test results). I have also blogged on Phenol– a metabolite of Benzene).

TCEQ & EPA generally do not test for the aldehydes because the suma canister cannot handle the corrosive properties I’m told.

User Noble Furr wrote the following in response to this blog, he wrote:
“….Benzene has been used in workplaces and in industrial operations for decades. In fact, it was on Richard Nixon’s list of chemicals to be studied and measured in the workplace (OSHA). It was then – and still is – used widely on military bases for a variety of applications. It is also used in industry to make other chemicals or products such as plastics. You are not going to get significant amounts of benzene in fracking in the Barnett Shale, and “drive by” readings on chemicals are subject to huge errors. When benzene is used inside of a building, it is much easier to measure accurately and plot as a respirable substance in the course of monitoring environmental safety. Out of doors, you’re talking about a roll of the dice that depends on other chemicals, temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction, and even elements of sunlight. If fracking and water injection released dangerous amounts of benzene or methane on a routine basis, they wouldn’t be used. But, on the whole, they do not. Yes; you can get all kinds of hysterical warnings from the EPA, OSHA, and other agencies, but the fact is that fracking is basically safe – especially when people who know what they are doing are monitoring the process. ” 

Gee I feel so much better about Benzene now….note sarcasm.

The best way I can describe how to safely be near these industrial sites is to ironicly “DRIVE BY FAST and hold your breath” to reduce your exposure-especially when …

1) they are unloading the produced water from the tanks OR

2) lift compressors are being blown down either as planned or in an ER shutdown AND

3) the wind isn’t blowing.

This is good that Dallas recently effectively banned industrial sites by mandating a 1,500 feet setback from neighborhoods in their ordinance…Arlington and Ft Worth….not so smart.

Source Sample Number Benzene (ppb) Associated Facility (ies) City County
MRT BSF0908-16 15000.00 Devon Energy Glen P. Shoop “F” 10H, 15H, and 16H well-head New Fairview Wise
R4 101057 290.00 Chevron Pipeline Company Santo Palo Pinto
R4 100206 120.00 Aruba Petroleum, 7H & 8H Wright Lease Decatur Wise
R4 100732 120.00 Aruba Petroleum, 6H Wright Lease Decatur Wise
MRT BSFS1003-008 95.00 Stallion Oilfield Services Salty’s Disposal Wells Springtown Parker
MRT BSF0908-25 93.00 Stallion Oilfield Services Salty’s Disposal Wells Springtown Parker
MRT BSFS1003-013 72.00 Stallion Oilfield Services Salty’s Disposal Wells Springtown Parker
R4 110374 72.00 Burlington Resources, Inc. – McMurrey Ranch 22D, 28H, 25H, 35H Sanger Denton
R4 100116 59.00 Aruba Petroleum, 7H & 8H Wright Lease Decatur Wise
MRT BSII0910-077 46.00 Unidentified DISH Denton
R4 090611-0001 42.00 Cholla Petroleum – State Mockingbird Lease Graford Palo Pinto
MRT BSFS1003-045 37.00 Devon Energy Company LP Justin Compressor DISH Denton
MRT BSFS1003-018 30.00 Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP Kemp Compressor Station Willow Park Parker
R4 100712 29.00 Aruba Petroleum, Bucci Decatur Wise
R4 100220 25.00 Chesapeake Energy Gas Drilling Site – Little Hoss 7B Pad Godley Johnson
MRT BSF0908-17 24.00 Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP Kemp Compressor Station Weatherford Parker
R4 1108022 22.00 Jetta – Davis 1H Sherman Grayson
MRT BSFS1003-052 20.00 Quicksilver Resources T & P Unit Granbury Hood
R4 91116 20.00 Chesapeake Tank Batteries Cresson Johnson
MRT BSFS1003-002 18.00 Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP Kemp Compressor Station Weatherford Parker
R4 1104047 18.00 Burlington Resources, Inc. – McMurrey Ranch 22D, 28H, 25H, 35H Sanger Denton
R4 100303 17.00 Aruba Petroleum Inc. – Wright 7h & 8H Decatur Wise
R4 101048 17.00 Braden Exploration LLC – Cole & Roberts Units Decatur Wise
R4 100216 17.00 Chesapeake Energy Gas Drilling Site – Little Hoss 7B Pad Godley Johnson
MRT BSII0910-027 16.00 Crosstex Energy White Settlement Compressor Station Willow Park Parker
R4 100513 16.00 Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP Kemp Compressor Station Weatherford Parker
R4 1106031 16.00 Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP Kemp Compressor Station Weatherford Parker
MRT BSFS1003-056 15.00 Quicksilver Resources T & P Unit Granbury Hood
MRT BSFS1003-020 14.00 Stallion Oilfield Services Salty’s Disposal Wells Springtown Parker
R4 100515 14.00 Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP Kemp Compressor Station Weatherford Parker
MRT BSII0910-107 14.00 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
MRT BSII0910-001 13.00 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
R4 100605 12.00 Aruba Petroleum, 6H Wright Lease Decatur Wise
R4 091121 12.00 Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP Kemp Compressor Station Weatherford Parker
R4 100535 12.00 Devon Energy Company LP Justin Compressor DISH Denton
R4 1108028 12.00 Milagro Exploration – West Chico Water Disposal Chico Wise
MRT BSII0910-089 12.00 Unidentified New Fairview Wise
R4 091228 11.00 Aruba Petroleum Imogene Lynch 44 Alvord Wise
R4 1109003 11.00 Milagro Exploration – West Chico Water Disposal Chico Wise
MRT BSII0910-035 11.00 Quicksilver Resources T & P Unit Granbury Hood
MRT BSII0910-116 11.00 Unidentified New Fairview Wise
R4 110399 9.60 Encana Oil and Gas, Sybil Taylor 5H Krum Denton
MRT BSFS1003-011 9.40 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
MRT BSII0910-084 8.80 Arrowhead Production LP Springtown Parker
R4 100538 8.80 J-W Gathering – Sweetwater Creek Plant Decatur Wise
R4 100623 8.70 Encana Oil and Gas, Slocum 3H & 5H Cresson Hood
MRT BSFS1003-042 8.20 Devon Energy Company LP Justin Compressor DISH Denton
R4 1105010 8.10 Aruba Petroleum, 1H-3H Wright Lease Decatur Wise
R4 1105053 7.50 J-W Operating Company – Sweetwater Creek Plant Decatur Wise
R4 100302 7.40 Aruba Petroleum Inc. – Wright 7h & 8H Decatur Wise
R4 1107021 7.20 Milagro Exploration – West Chico Water Disposal Chico Wise
MRT FWFS1004-84 6.30 Chesapeake Energy/Texas Midstream S&B Compressor Station Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 110318 6.00 Chesapeake Mercado Compressor Station Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 100736 5.80 Aruba Petroleum, Mara 1H, 2H Decatur Wise
MRT BSFS1003-055 5.70 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
MRT BSII0910-032 5.70 Unidentified New Fairview Wise
R4 090611-0002 5.60 Cholla Petroleum – State Mockingbird Lease Graford Palo Pinto
MRT BSII0910-019 5.60 Unidentified DISH Denton
R4 100913 5.40 DISH Compressors DISH Denton
MRT BSIII0911-002 5.30 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
R4 100521 4.70 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
MRT BSII0910-067 4.50 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
R4 100322 4.40 Aruba Petroleum, 7H & 8H Wright Lease Decatur Wise
R4 1109015 3.90 Western Production Co – Moncrief Ranch CS Weatherford Parker
R4 100437 3.80 SWSI Fluids Aledo Tarrant
MRT BSFS1003-62 3.70 Crosstex Energy White Settlement Compressor Station Willow Park Parker
MRT BSIII0911-006 3.70 Targa Bryan Compressor Station Decatur Wise
MRT BSIV0912-025 3.50 Quicksilver Resources Lake Arlington Compressor Station Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 1111013 3.50 Cowtown Pipeline – Alliance Compressor Station Fort Worth Denton
MRT BSFS1003-057 3.30 Crosstex Energy White Settlement Compressor Station Willow Park Parker
MRT BSII0910-073 3.30 Unidentified DISH Denton
R4 100670 3.30 XTO Energy – Mary Ann White Lease B1H Weatherford Parker
MRT FWFS1004-68 3.20 Chesapeake Energy/Texas Midstream S&B Compressor Station Fort Worth Tarrant
MRT BSII0910-111 3.20 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
MRT BSF0908-24 3.20 Stallion Oilfield Services Salty’s Disposal Wells Springtown Parker
R4 110312 3.20 Total Oil Field Services – FW SWD No 1 Aledo Tarrant
MRT BSII0910-007 3.20 Unidentified Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 100431 2.90 Burlington Resources, Inc. – Big Sky Lease 3 & 4 Krum Denton
R4 100534 2.90 EOG Resources, Inc. – Hudgins Lease Cleburne Johnson
R4 1104062 2.90 Quicksilver – Sunnye 1,2 Acton Hood
R4 1105042 2.90 Texas Midstream Gas Services LLC – Godley Compressor Station Cleburne Johnson
R4 1110008 2.80 HRB Operating Company – Waggoner #1 Decatur Wise
R4 1110001 2.70 Quicksilver – Deborah Lou CTB /Sherry P Granbury Hood
R4 110202 2.70 Total Oil Fields Services – FW SWD No 1 Aledo Tarrant
R4 1110024 2.70 XTO Energy – RAM Unit Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 1109051 2.60 Kinder Morgan Treating LP – Ponder Treating Plant Ponder Denton
R4 1104015 2.50 Aruba Petroleum, 1H-3H Wright Lease Decatur Wise
R4 1105028 2.30 Aruba Petroleum, 1H & 2H Red Wine Lease Decatur Wise
MRT BSII0910-103 2.30 ETC Texas Pipeline Ltd Godley Gas Plant Godley Johnson
R4 90314 2.20 EOG Resources, Inc. – Ferguson Compressor Site Venus Johnson
MRT BSIV0912-015 2.10 Airshed (no facility associated with this general ambient air sample) Everman Tarrant
R4 110249 2.10 Texas Midstream Gas Services – Mercado CF Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 100412 2.10 Texas Midstream, Godley Compressor Station Godley Johnson
R4 110233 2.00 Aruba Petroleum, 7 & 8 Decatur Wise
R4 101026 2.00 Encana Oil and Gas, Mercer Ranch Pad 3 Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 1106044 2.00 Unidentified Azle Parker
MRT FWFS1004-75 1.90 Encana Oil and Gas DAB Well 5H and Compressor Station Fort Worth Tarrant
MRT BSIV0912-016 1.90 Quicksilver Resources Lake Arlington Compressor Station Fort Worth Tarrant
MRT BSII0910-122 1.90 Enbridge Springtown Plant Springtown Parker
R4 110237 1.90 JE Womack – 6BH Decatur Wise
R4 1110016 1.80 Kinder Morgan Treating LP – Ponder Treating Plant Ponder Denton
R4 100918 1.80 Targa North Texas Chico Gas Plant Chico Wise
R4 1106025 1.80 Targa North Texas Chico Gas Plant Chico Wise
R4 1108008 1.80 Winfield Operating Company – Branch #1 Unit Decatur Wise
R4 101209 1.70 Devon Energy Company LP Addington 2-6H Krum Denton
R4 100907 1.70 Encana OP Leonard Investments Willow Park Parker
MRT BSII0910-125 1.60 Arrowhead Production LP Springtown Parker
R4 100321 1.60 Aruba Petroleum, 7H & 8H Wright Lease Decatur Wise
MRT BSIII0911-001 1.60 Atmos Energy Metering Station, Chesapeake Energy Ponder Compressor Station, Atmos Energy Ponder and Energy Transfer Hog Brach Compressor Stations, Enbridge Gathering Justin East Compressor Station DISH Denton
R4 100514 1.60 Crosstex Energy White Settlement Compressor Station Weatherford Parker
R4 1105003 1.60 Crosstex North Texas Gathering LP Kemp Compressor Station Weatherford Parker
MRT BSII0910-016 1.50 Airshed (no facility associated with this general ambient air sample) New Fairview Wise
R4 1108071 1.50 Chesapeake Energy – Crowley Minerals Facility Burleson Tarrant
R4 100432 1.50 Encana Oil and Gas Inc. – MT Cole 9 AH Decatur Wise
R4 100809 1.50 Stallion Oilfield Services Salty’s Disposal Wells Springtown Parker
MRT BSII0910-080 1.50 J-W Gathering Company New Fairview Wise
R4 110389 1.40 Encana Oil and Gas, Mercer Ranch 300 CS Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 100504 1.40 Texas Midstream – Little Hoss E7H, E5H, & E3H Cresson Johnson
R4 100618 1.40 Texas Midstream Gas Services – S&B Compression Facility Fort Worth Tarrant
R4 = TCEQ Region 4
MRT = Mobile Response Team
ppb = parts per billion by volume
Note: table sorted by Associated Benzene ppb
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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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