Fighting Fracking Fires with Perfluorochemical Fuels Water Contamination Risks

SCFD using it's foam trailer to extinguish a gas well explosion on CR 308. Six out of eight tanks caught fire after a lightning strike.

Somervell County Fire Dept using it’s foam trailer to extinguish a gas well explosion on CR 308. Six out of eight tanks caught fire after a lightning strike.

On a FB post above pic is from 12/21/2013

In this report, I noted how the reporter focused on how effective and timely a Class B fire extinguishing “device” did its job, but was this device’s chemical contents deployed at the expense of nearby water and soil contamination? What about the chemical exposure to the first responders?

That in itself is yet another reason to ban fracking’s love child called “salt water injection wells” which are known to contaminate ground water.

Here are some comments I boldfaced for emphasis from the report….

“It rocked the neighborhood,” Fire Chief Mark Crawford said, adding initial 911 calls reported the explosion,…..

satellite imaging showed eight tanks in the area were involved in the incident.

“Six of the eight caught fire,” he added, saying there was heavy smoke and fire billowing from the well site as crews arrived.

The county’s foam truck that disperses a Class B firefighting foam – specifically used to fight specific types of blazes – was dispatched to the scene.

“When we got there, a representative of the gas company told us we would not be able to extinguish the fire,” Crawford said, adding he was aware of previous incidents in neighboring Johnson County where officials watched fires for days before they finally burned out.

….He also said the Saturday incident is the fourth time (in six years) the county has had to use the device.

The foam essentially coats the fuel source, preventing contact with oxygen which snuffs out the fire.


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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