Formaldehyde equipment flaw found-why the Bison were running in Yellowstone

UPDATE Thanksgivn 2014 or should I say TANKSgivn’ …

A new peer reviewed report is out as of Oct 30 2014 from Arkansas two year air study near drilling activities that reported on….

Formaldehyde levels were determined using UMEx 100 Passive Samplers….

..Levels of eight volatile chemicals exceeded federal guidelines under several operational circumstances. Benzene, formaldehyde, and hydrogen sulfide were the most common compounds to exceed acute and other health-based risk levels.


Air concentrations of potentially dangerous compounds and chemical mixtures are frequently present near oil and gas production sites. Community-based research can provide an important supplement to state air quality monitoring programs.”

This two-fold post is about “corrosive to lungs” OZONE and about a “flaw” found in Formaldehyde testing device(s).

Our DFW area received a failing “F” grade last year by the American lung Associaton. But in particular I am worried about those multitudes of people at risk in our Arlington Entertainment District as our City Council embraces each new construction/emission ladened business with open arms while we choke on the fumes.

In learning that rocks cracking (like in fracking and seismic events) creates Ozone, I was trying to see what the animals were fleeing from in Yellowstone the other day (which when I called was told it was their normal migration) but another national park’s Ozone reading caught my eye at 135 ppb ….


and so I called the Parks Service to see if that was gaswell emissions/ozone related, but was told that was an instrument calibration problem…then we started talking more about air testing near gas and oil extraction sites which Mr Sive has had experience in air monitoring in the Marcellus and Baken shales…I mentioned how we failed a formaldehyde test near Lake Arlington…what he told me next really troubles me…here is the first set of notes I took…

“spectromic measurements (for) absorption band of Formaldehyde frequency (looking for) base peak of water, but instrument can’t discern Formaldehyde peak from (ambient) water vapor peak”.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; Robert Rivera <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:59 AM
Subject: about Formaldehyde testing (equipment flaw) at Lake Arlington/validation

I spoke with an environmental tester named Mr. Sive who is going to Houston to retrieve a useless formaldehyde tester “a $50,000 dust collector” he called it-later he said it works in a lab setting only and can be useful in teaching applications.
He said that while formadehyde is a simple molecule, it is one of the most difficult ones to take measurements on.

The reason “his/not personal property though” instrument doesn’t work in the field is that it looks for the formaldehyde water absorption feature but that is hampered in the field by such a wide backgound of ambient water vapor/humidity. Using that instrument in the field is like trying to see the impact of ten dollars worth (of water absorption?) in ten million dollars (worth of humidity?). My notes I took say “water absorption feature…pick a band of frequency of vibration of formaldehyde…the band of water continuim…can’t see the water absorption feature…trying to subtract too small an amount from a big background..that the instrument was developed using humidity independent using dry air but we have to account for water vapor which is why it only works in a lab setting”. He mentioned the Kelvin algorithm 25c verses 0c.

He was to email me a doc he worked on “Air Mass Composition & Ozone Production in Denver” which I haven’t received yet.

He was in agreement with me about the padsites near other emission sources that could be (ozone) problematic when I mentioned how our urban gaswells are near GM (and on the GM property) & near our airport.

I told him about the high formaldehyde found at Lake Arlington (that was at Houston shipyard channel levels-126 ppb)  which he said was really high. I was wondering if TCEQ used a faulty formaldehyde monitoring device like he described when they retested and did not find a formaldehyde problem. He said having padsites and compressor stations near a power plant is very subject to (unknown and untested) synergistic emissions (ozone and formaldehyde).

I mentioned how we may have a cancer cluster near Lake Arlington…someone living in the area thought that I posted a sign with a phone number to call to report cancers in that area…but it wasn’t me and they didn’t take down the phone number and the sign has since been removed…
I’m worried about the Entertainment District’s ozone I live near GM/the new GM expansion, the GM gaswells, the padsite by my house, and now I’m learning about the new L3 Communications expansion…. all of this added pollution to an already urban vehicle pollution high traffic area will build up during low wind days and mostly blow to our Entertainment District and to north Arlington/Viridian etc breathers…my kid may be working at Six Flags this summer….he already has high vanilla mandelic acid levels (abnormal adrenal response that could be symptomatic of tumor growth)…my husband just fought cancer in his lymph nodes (couldn’t find the primary)..I’ve been having blood in my nose blows regularly for months now (our gas well two blocks away has been in production one year now)…I work a part time job too exposed to dyes and formaldehydes from the garment/shoes being shipped from overseas cheapo stuff at DD’s Discounts…the lady on the fenceline to the Cowboy Stadium drillsite has worked for Autozone for 13 or 14 years now and since the new drill site, she has been itchy and has these headaches…on bad migraine days she gets visible swelling at the back of her neck, and sleep disorders. She is now seeing a doctor and never thought to tell him about the new gaswells and storage tanks…I have some of her testimony on audio tape.

How can we get ozone monitoring? I have no money to pay you but need your advice, thanks.

I think all the new emissions and the smelly stuff I have to work with have put me into yet another level of hypersensitivy to chemicals.

At what point do I just give up and find a real job and move away and forget about what I know about the risks in living in Arlington’s airshed?



From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; Robert Rivera <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:23 AM
Subject: about the L3 Communication expansion…

again our City Council approves more industry without caring about the already overtaxed airshed blowing to the Entertainment District…its bad enough that GM and its gaswells and the new GM expansion will be making ozone on crack with the added VOC’s to the already crazed out GM’s NOX of 557 tpy (before the GM expansion)…someone please get an ozone monitor in the breathing zone of the Entertainment District…thats what I thought ….crickets

———————————- break in email string—-

From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:01 AM
Subject: Fw: about Formaldehyde testing(equipment flaw) at Lake Arlington/validation

Chris how can we get ozone monitoring in the Entertainment District where YOU breathe?

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Below is a break in this above email string. Here is one response from an environmental tester I also sent this info to and then my response for TCEQ to tell me what kind of Formaldehyde “re-test” they did at Lake Arlington…


To: kim feil <>;
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:04 AM
Subject: RE: about the formaldehyde monitor


I sympathize with you tremendously. As for HCHO monitoring, the PTR-MS technique we use also has a similar problem with water, since it has a very similar proton affinity as HCHO. However, we are using a Nafion drying technique to purge air samples of humidity. We need to get the word out about these new capabilities so we can get funding to do a study in the Barnett Shale. We are re-submitting our proposal to NIH for the Denton study, and hope it will fly the next time around.

Regards, XX

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; “” <>
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:48 PM
Subject: about OZONE & the formaldehyde monitor/ PIR
Chris, who can help me see about getting an ozone monitor installed in the Entertainment District in Arlington?

Also the air monitor at 5504 S Collins in Arlington upwind at the airport is only good if the wind isn’t blowing…how bout moving it downwind from the airport and all the gaswells like at 4500 S Collins? That way you are only picking up I20’s vehicle NOX if the wind isn’t blowing.

Also who can tell me what the name of your Formaldehyde monitor was used to retest the formaldehyde found at Lake Arlington years ago…I wanna know cause it may have gotten an false negative.

Here is the link/TCEQ letter re: BSEEC/Titan air study where TCEQ suggests more state formaldehyde air monitoring…

which brings me to my open records request via this email for info ( please provide internet link if handy) on info regarding the TCEQ retest for formaldehyde as mentioned in that letter…
what was the name and method used in Formaldehyde testing done by the state at Lake Arlington’s Compressor Station(s)?
The reason I am doing a PIR is because if the state used faulty equipment (see below)…then it needs to be retested using newer technology that drys out the ambient humidity that interferes with some testing devices.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Heather Stewart <>
To: “” <>
Cc: Debbie Maldonado <>
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 12:56 PM
Subject: TCEQ Public Information Request number PIR# 16211

TCEQ Public Information Request number PIR# 16211

Dear Kim:

Thank you for your Public Information Request dated APRIL 10, 2014 and received by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on APRIL 10, 2014. Upon review of TCEQ documents, information has been located in connection with your request.

TCEQ’s ozone monitoring network is reviewed annually to determine compliance with federal regulations; your request may be taken into consideration as we evaluate the monitoring network.

The TCEQ used an ATEC Model 4004 to collect the formaldehyde samples around the Quicksilver Compressor Station near Lake Arlington during a project from November 7-10, 2010. The samples were subsequently analyzed in the TCEQ’s laboratory using a Modified EPA Method TO-11A. Humidity in the collected sample does not affect the laboratory analysis.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact me at (512) 239-5241 or by e-mail at


Heather Stewart
Monitoring Network Data Manager
Monitoring Division, TCEQ

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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