Update August 2014… Here is a link to 1973-1981 (pre-drilling water info) “The concentrations of dissolved iron and dissolved manganese are exceptions to this generalization. At site AQ near Arlington Dam, the concentrations of dissolved iron and dissolved manganese in the hypolimnion often exceed the secondary maximum contaminant levels of 300 ug/L of dissolved iron and 50 ug/L of dissolved manganese. However, the concentration of neither constituents poses a significant problem.” Maybe that iron problem is because the story goes……it rained before they could pull out the dredging equipment and so it lays rusting down there and we drink it. But no worries (sarcasm) I’ve read that “Iron competes with lead for absorption in the gut and uptake within the body, and vitamin C can enhance its ability to displace lead”.
If the story is true, then metals/machinery down there degrading at the bottom of our drinking water reservoir in Lake Arlington is a source of arsenic, FYI so comforting-not.
The conclusion in the 1973-1981 water report says of algae… ” The density and composition of algal populations varied seasonally. At site AC, total algae counts ranged from 220 to 240,000 cells/mL and averaged about 50,000 cells/mL. At site FC, algae counts ranged from 1,000 to 290,000 cells/mL and averaged about 56,000 cells/mL. Algal densities usually were greatest during the summer when bluegreen algae were the predominant phyla”.
Update June 2014 …
update May 2014 now that our 2013 annual water report is available (and no longer being mailed)….
update 1/27/2014 here is a related “whats in our water?” article.
Who can define “not strongly toxic” when it comes to chronic, low, or unknown constituent doses in our water supply? Then there is the synergistic effect of unregulated, multiple, possibly cumulative chemical effects….
Below is the haunting bold-faced words from the W Virginia chemical spill that prompted me to blog here today for Arlington residents to put pressure on our officials to BAN FRACKING NOW!!!
“The chemical involved, 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM), is an industrial chemical used locally to clean up fine coal dust.
It is not believed to be strongly toxic – in relation to other industrial chemicals – but it is very difficult to clean up. It is also not among those chemicals a water treatment plant would typically test for – making detection much more complicated.
The chemical is also not subject to federal government regulation as a hazardous material.”
Here is what all water drinkers need to fear when industrialization occurs near you like the 50-100 fracking laterals underneath our Lake Arlington drinking water source…..
I have blogged here
trying to alert the public and our city officials ….never mind that we already had a surface spill from a Quicksilver padsite on the Ft worth side of our drinking water reservoir….that we all inadvertently drank after the fact.
Here is a report on that toxic spill into Lake Arlington by Jan Miller of the Arlington Conservation Council on page 5 that I boldfaced for emphasis…..
“When I first heard this story, I couldn’t help but think of the old saying, ‘If a tree falls in the forest, will anybody hear?’ Report of a toxic spill of fracturing fluid that reached Lake Arlington made its way to public notice recently, almost eight months after the event. The Star-Telegram noted on March 2, 2011, that a Quicksilver gas production site on the west side of Lake Arlington had noted and reported the leak on July 15, 2010.
The total volume of fluid leaked is unknown, but 3990 gallons were vacuumed up at the site. Because there was no containment berm, fluid traveled 450 feet and reached the lake. It is unknown how much fluid reached the lake but the estimate is 210 gallons. The measure of environmental impact used in the assessment was visible fish killed. No study of the actual environmental impact was done. Fluid traveled 75 feet in another direction and damaged plants covering 700 square feet. The gas company failed to notify the city until 8 hours after the spill was discovered, in violation of city ordinance. Arsenic and carbon tetrachloride levels were above normal in water samples from the lake.
The Star-Telegram noted that the spill is “a perfect example of why city officials are drafting a Lake Arlington Master Plan and other ordinances aimed at protecting the lake.” As the drinking water source for a reported 500,000 Arlington-area residents, additional safeguards for Lake Arlington are needed. Unfortunately, numerous gas wells already dot the west side of the lake, a large compressor station sits at the west end of its dam and more wells are rapidly appearing. Along the east side, residential areas are pushing the drilling sites farther away from the lake, but into neighborhoods.
When gas drilling operations are next to our water supply they present a big risk that residents will face for decades. Will gas operators do the right thing by meeting and exceeding safety and operational requirements ahead of regulations? Will city, state and national leaders step up to enact impartial scientific evaluations and rapidly implement effective protections for public health and safety?”
Another Star Telegram article reported on that same spill…
….“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.”
Or lets go back to 2010…
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.”
Just like the pharmaceuticals found in our tap too back in 2008… http://www.unc.edu/~weinberg/USATODAY_2008March.pdf …
“Officials in Arlington, Texas, said pharmaceuticals had been detected in source water but wouldn’t say which ones or in what amounts, citing security concerns. Julie Hunt, director of water utilities, said to provide the public with information regarding “which, if any, pharmaceuticals or emerging compounds make it through the treatment process can assist someone who wishes to cause harm through the water supply.”
Mayor Robert Cluck later said a trace amount of one pharmaceutical had survived the treatment process and had been detected in drinking water. He declined to name the drug, saying identifying it could cause a terrorist to intentionally release more of it, causing significant harm to residents.”
I also blogged on the Atrazine found in our drinking water, so what are the odds that we are already drinking unknown or undiscosed or unscreen for frack chemicals? It can and probably already has happened that we are ingesting that which is within the law to do so via void of legislative protections. Watch Sandra Steingraber’s “Living Downstream” on Netflix to see the segment on why Atrazine turns a male frog into a female.
Also I have reported how the radiation risk has changed since we have urban drilling here in Arlington…. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/arlington-drinking-water-gross-alpha-particles-radium-228-detected-starting-in-2004/
Here is another report I found on a nearby county with glowing water..http://www.freeworldfilmworks.com/ahw-waterradioactive2.htm
Even if we plugged our gas wells we still have the risk that get more riskier with age and this is coming from an industry agent.
We continue to hear the West Virginia state of emergency and the horror stories like the pics of this boy’s rash…
and flaming water videos claimed as the result from the West Virigina Freedom Chemical Spill.
I also keep harping about acid rain (yep made a music vid dedicated to our mayor and city council). Fallout near our Lake Arlington from the nearby compressor stations...and the power plant…here is that Lake Arlington TCEQ storage tank invisible emission video (that we refuse to budget for our own FLIR camera) to show why I keep harping…
And please don’t get me started on the (toxic/radioactive? drilling mud) “landfarming” that could be occurring right here in ARLINGTON and possibly right next to Seguin Highschool (yes I have filed staff/student abuse complaints)!!!
This article entitled ….
“Radionuclides in Fracking Wastewater: Managing a Toxic Blend”
That statement proved I was on the right track to be subscribing to the USGS in seeing spikes in specific conductivity levels in the rivers which I understand is salinity related. Below is an email about my questioning our Arlington water director of what screening level is appropriate, but I have gotten no real direction on this request.
Now with toxic frack related waste water at the end of the extraction process is preceded by toxic drilling mud concerns. And the first study that I am aware of for our Barnett Shale with respect to how radioactive our area may be confirmed my worries about loopholes and unknowns in regulations for TENORM.
Yes Arlington residents have more to fear every time we turn on the tap because through drilling related technologically Enhanced Normally occurring Radioactive Matter (TENORM), runoff, migration, and airborne routes (if drilling mud spread on the land next to these drillsites dry up and fly away) this too risks our air, soil/foodchain and water from TENORM!
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