Nasty radioactive fracking socks need especial disposal

June 2016 UPDATE

April 2015 RSOE UPDATE

“Last Thursday, April 23, while Dakota Dumpsters was unloading a Greg’s Welding dumpster at the McKenzie County Landfill, a radioactive alarm sounded, immediately alerting Landfill personnel. Because of the serious nature of the incident and the fact that a monitor had detected radioactive material, McKenzie County Emergency Services and the Department of Health were notified and responded to the site. “The dumpster came from Greg’s Welding,” said Karolin Rockvoy, McKenzie County Emergency Services manager. “But it was a dumpster that was only supposed to have siding and roofing material from Greg’s Welding in it. Someone had dumped a bag in their dumpster and Greg’s Welding employees had no clue it was in there. It was some sort of bag of sand with radioactive stuff inside.” Rockvoy said she was concerned and that local businesses should be cautious about unknown individuals dumping things in their dumpsters. Once the appropriate agencies and departments were notified, the material was taken and disposed of at Secure Energy Services, which is an oilfield landfill, where hazardous material is and should be disposed of properly, according to Rockvoy.”

end update

This is the original video here and video here from a 2012 Arlington TX Chesapeake frack job where toxic, silica dust/sand was flying all around unmitigated in the morning. Once our Arlington Fire Department came out (and got exposure?) at least by the end of the day the driller (or rather the contractor for the fracking phase) utilized what is called “socks” (that look like pillow cases) to try to control the flying frack sand.

This same drill site was videoed flying frack silica dust around the neighborhood…again…in June of 2013 by a different resident living in the affected area. The socks are very visible, but as you’ll read below is really an ineffective emission control device.

I spoke against further activity based on what I saw in this video at the 9/2/12 City Council Meeting on this link here at 14:38 into the video.

Two years later another concerned citizen filmed this in the metroplex at I30 and Oakland in Ft Worth.

VZEnvironmental says their VSoxz “Cleans with fresh water and re-useable many times.”  ……………….Whoa what?  ……… is where Forbes reported on the socks being R A D I O A C T I V E

Here is another company called Frac Dust Control that

“is committed to serving the drilling industry with our never ending quest to control and eliminate deadly silica dust.”

they acknowledge…

“Other companies try to use “socks” or fabric “bags” to filter out the airborne silica dust. However, these are nothing more than an optical illusion that is pleasing to the eyes. These fabric filters are successful in stopping large airborne particles that cause huge visible dust clouds, so it seems to the naked eye that all is safe. However, even with these fabric filters, there is still an even larger cloud of micro-sized silica dust that is invisible to the naked eye. This size dust is even more dangerous because it is so small that it can be carried by the wind for miles and when it is inhaled by workers or the surrounding population, it can travel deep into the lung’s pulmonary alveoli where it will be lodged, causing deadly silicoses of the lungs.”

“They”  have a better way to capture the “deadly” frac sand … “that for every 1,000,000lbs of frac sand delivered, we will save 70,000lbs to 140,000lbs that would have typically been lost into the atmosphere.”

So not only does the flying frack silica dust present a particulate health hazard in incurable silicosis….the sand and these sock sand catchers are most probably full of TENORM (technologically enhanced normally occurring radioactive matter)  too ….right here in the Barnett Shale.

Based on this N Dakota complaint below (that I boldfaced for emphasis), these socks are considered radioactive enough to warrant appropriate disposal.

Here is one of two recent incident reports……….

HAZMAT – North-America – USA
Posted: 22 Feb 2014 10:12 AM PST

EDIS Number: HZ-20140222-42785-USA
Date / time: 22/02/2014 18:10:37 [UTC]
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of North Dakota
Location: Watford City


Federal and state health officials are investigating leaking trailers loaded with thousands of pounds of potentially radioactive filter socks and debris parked on rural property southwest of Watford City. A special agent with the Environmental Protection Agency criminal investigations unit is assigned to the case and a radiation control team from the state Health Department was on scene Friday. Brad Torgerson, with the state Health Department’s waste management division, said the team determined that radiation levels “do not appear to present any public health hazards.” He said the company, RP Services, of Riverton, Wyo., was told to put the waste in proper containers and submit a plan for cleanup. A formal enforcement action is possible, Torgerson said. EPA special agent Dan O’Malley contacted state health officials about the waste; when contacted by the Tribune, O’Malley said he could not confirm his agency’s investigation. The RP Services trailers are parked on property owned by Russ and Mary Williams, whose separate company was involved in an illegal filter sock disposal that led to a $27,000 fine at the McKenzie County landfill operation last summer.

The filter socks are a notorious source of radioactive material because they concentrate naturally occurring radiation from geology down the well hole. The Health Department says the filters should not be landfilled anywhere in North Dakota and instead, should be handled by certified companies for disposal at hazardous waste sites in other states. The trailers loaded with the leaking material and filter socks were reported Thursday to McKenzie County landfill director Rick Schreiber. Schreiber has adopted a tough policy and his is the first landfill in the country to install radiation detection pedestals that monitor every load coming into the landfill. The Health Department is awaiting results of a study on radioactive oil field and other waste before deciding whether to raise its allowable limit of radiation and how disposal sites would be constructed. Because landfills won’t take the socks and levy fines when haulers are caught bringing them in, they sometimes end up in community Dumpsters around towns and roadside ditches. Jerry Samuelson, McKenzie County’s emergency manager, said the JP Services incident illustrates how oil development stretches local governments.


Here is a story where similar sox/socks or “fracking rubbers” are used to filter radioactive waste water….these rubbers present disposal problems too.

Here is a story where TENORM was found on fracking pipes and seals this man sandblasted for a living…he has very probably been exposed but OSHA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has turned its back on this man’s plight.

Here is a recent Open Record request that they failed to answer FYI

I requested “Please send info on any NORM readings of the frack sand mitigation socks that catch flying frack sand. No opacity violation was issued on the Bruder event and there should have been one. Here is the video … ….but more important is that we need to know where these sacks are being disposed of as there have been violations in other states where these sacks have been improperly disposed of and they are radioactive. How can the city show the residents that they will enforce mitigation devices as the ordinance states and that the driller is properly disposing of these and that they are not ending up in our landfills? Here is more info on that

This is the city’s response I boldfaced for emplasis ….

Feil Kim
Old Town Neighborhood Association
Arlington, TX 76011
RE: Public Records Request for Community Development and Planning records

Dear Feil Kim,

Your public information request to the City of Arlington, received 5/2/2014, has been referred to me for response. The below information are the only records/information found that are responsive to your request:

City of Arlington – Gas Well Ordinance:

31. Waste Disposal. Unless otherwise directed by the RRC (Railroad Commission), all tanks used for storage shall conform to the following:

a. Operator must use portable closed steel storage tanks for storing liquid hydrocarbons. Tanks must meet API standards. All tanks must have a vent line, flame arrester and pressure relief valve. No tank battery shall be within one hundred (100) feet of any dwelling or other combustible structure.

b. Drilling mud, cuttings, liquid hydrocarbons and all other field waste derived or resulting from or connected with the drilling, re-working or deepening of any well shall be discharged into above-ground tanks (closed loop mud system*). All disposals must be in accordance with the rules of the RRC and any other appropriate local, state or federal agency.

c. Unless otherwise directed by the RRC, waste materials shall be removed from the site and transported to an off-site disposal facility not less often than every thirty (30) days. Water stored in on-site tanks shall be removed as necessary.

All waste shall be disposed of in such a manner as to comply with the air and water pollution control regulations of the State, this Ordinance and any other applicable ordinance of the City.

For further Texas state regulation information, please contact:

Texas Railroad Commission Contact Information:

Fort Worth
(817) 882-8966
City Hall, 13th Street Annex,
401 W. 13th Street, 76102

Oil & Gas
Main line: (512) 463-6838

Our city web site says….

*What is a Closed-Loop Mud System?
“This is a process where all cuttings that are created by the drilling of the new hole will be transported by truck off location to an approved disposal system. The cuttings are normally distributed on top of the ground & turned in by a tandem or disk like equipment. All of the disposal sites have been approved & monitored by the Railroad Commission. Cuttings are particles of formation obtained from a well during drilling operations. They are brought to the surface by circulating mud-laden fluid.”

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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