Petition for Safer Urban Drilling
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10 steps to Safer Drilling
I live at ground zero for urban drilling.
We have about 60 padsites in our 99 sq mile town here in Arlington TX.
Our state and local governement will not enforce these two laws....
1) TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”
2. Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance
No person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation, or property.
We had a drill spill in Lake Arlington, our drinking source, a couple of years ago. We also have about 100 drilling laterals under our lake that are at migration risk for seismic events and or cement failures.
We have had maybe a dozen gas release emission events over the last few years that I am aware of.
The following are the items lacking in our URBAN oil and gas drilling ordinance….................
1. Use electric rigs & and use nondiesel compressors and fracking and lift compressors and compressor stations (but do not use field DIRTY GAS). Blowdowns of compressors whose excess goes to the storage tanks should have Vapor Recovery Systems rather than venting.
2. Video tape ALL cement casing pours when it comes back up to the top through the annulus so that there is proof of an even pour and ensure all wells have electric bond log tests.
3. All drilling mud farming (private & commercial) and brine “road spraying” should routinely test soil and shallow ground water for toxins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQTtI94GGd8&feature=player_embedded Brine spraying
4. We need the industry to invent technology to keep the toxic, silica dust on the padsite-those pathetic pillow case looking socks aren’t getting the job done. Ban the use of Hydroflouric Acid.
5. Mandate ventless, emission free flowback tanks by using pressurized flowback tanks instead of open hatch frack tanks....
6. Global Warming isn't waiting 2.5 years for the EPA mandated Green Completions equipment.... no venting ...wait for the pipeline. Ensure condensers are used on glycol units.
7. The pipeline should be in place FIRST before fracturing so that flowback doesn’t sit in the ground for months festering bacterial sulfide growth to sour and damage the well and sicken people.....
8. The setback away from people should be substantial. Rural method drilling is not acceptable in urban areas. An environmental tester who has a Phd said that the health effects are being seen downwind from about 1,800 – 2,500 feet. Local and state gov. need to test for methane leaks with FLIR cameras.
9. Have zero tolerance for underinspected, or faked Waste Disposal Injection Well casing pressure tests. Don't risk eventual migration of toxic fluids into our drinking supplies.....
10. State entities overseeing oil and gas should regulate how close old wells are to new wells....
Lets elect officials that will ensure a protective Oil & Gas Drilling oversight. This is in our “collective” power so we must all become active to be proactive because reactive measures are too costly.
- avner vengosh
- Barnett Shale
- bottled water
- burkitt leukemia
- deep direct use
- don jakeway
- drilling mud
- enchanted lakes estates
- endocrine disruption
- frack on crack
- ft worth
- injection wells
- jay doegey
- joe barton
- justin Eaklor
- lake arlington
- lake chalres
- lake charles
- land farming
- maria carbajal
- michael mcCullough
- money grab
- no public review
- nueces electric
- progressive supranuclear palsy
- radioactive piping
- richard rainwater
- rule 36
- shut off valve
- statewide rule 36
- Taylor ishee
- TCEQ violators
- tony rutigliano
- water generator
- water world
History of Hell
XTO COMMENTS TO MANSFIELD CITY COUNCIL ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO GAS DRILLING ORDINANCE… note I boldfaced for emphasis and put comments in (parenthesis)
“Section 114.13 (B) – XTO strongly disagrees with the proposal to only use electric motors for drilling operations. This stipulation would apply to virtually all drillsites within the City of Mansfield and becomes a wholesale change in an operator’s ability to select the best means of powering the systems on our rig fleet. This proposal also has farther reaching implications in suggesting that all wellsite activities be converted to electric power. We believe that using a power substation has more potential to interfere with the lives of the public than the drone of diesel-electric engines.”
Drone as in noise……. what about harmful diesel emissions in the urban neighborhoods?
I do agree with XTO though on the second part of their comments …
“Electric transformers are specialized and must be unique for each power supply and sized appropriately for each drilling operation. All transformers must be equipped with voltage attenuators which would keep rig power surges from coursing back through the power supply and into the surrounding neighborhood grid with excess voltage. In the event the substation lost power or could not supply the rig with power we would have to switch directly over to diesel power to conduct operations. The normal start-up time for generators is 20 minutes which we could not afford from a well control standpoint. XTO currently operates Dual Fuel systems on our rigs to lower our emissions during drilling operations. This system uses natural gas in our lean burn engines and lessens our emission footprint in the Metroplex.”
Regarding the Dual Fuel systems …. Caterpillar developed an engine that I heard uses natural gas (but alas they tout the money savings in using the unpurified DIRTY FIELD GAS...uuugh!!) for their engines during fracking that switches back to diesel fuel during engine idling. It doesn’t surprise me that XTO wants to use that technology during the drilling phase because it is probably way cheaper for them to not have to bring in electrical poles on each padsite.
We all can agree that well control is priority…electric brown or black outs = bad for any phase of an urban padsite in emissions being vented in an “upset” or well control/failure events.
So why the hell did we start urban drilling if we knew high diesel engine emissions would be spewing near people?
Our Arlington Gaswell Dept. says that all the drilling rigs used in Arlington were electric, but I’m not so sure about that.