Da Plane Da Plane info missing from NCTCOG Frackademia presentation

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“Ozone is corrosive to our lungs, produce, and our buildings and we need to get a handle on this”…..my husbands oncologist says he shouldn’t work outside on Ozone days…this is my fight for us to get this right!


Update June 13 2016:https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/ut-dr-allen-woes-ft-worth-erg-study-under-serious-question-as-nc-warn-complaint-goes-viral/


Update February 2015

Anna Geismar sent me an email….From Environmental Defense Fund’s Energy Exchange Blog

update Dec 10 2014 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es5040156

“Pneumatic controllers in level control applications on separators and in compressor applications had higher emission rates than controllers in other types of applications. ….Ave methane emissions per controller reported in this work are 17% higher than the average emissions per controller in the 2012 EPA greenhouse gas national emission inventory (2012 GHG NEI, released in 2014);”

And so what did energy paid shrill Steve Everley say in response to this?…

I repeat to Steve and will add the word HIGHER (my bad)… “ERG said in public presntion Ft Worth’s ambient methane was from 2.5-5 times HIGHER than world background levels.


Back in June and early July of 2011, a study using air plane flyovers was undertaken, and I’m not surprised that it was (spoiler alert) a waste of money. After the ozone meeting (see details below) I had to ask Dr Allen (twice before I got an answer) if his presentation included information from the flyovers and as it turns out, it did not. He merely directed me to the study.

Someone mentioned of the results …“stuff is pretty inconclusive…and old. They admit they didn’t fly on the best, most representative days, and the data they got was mostly useless.”

The executive summary said that ….the aircraft data recorded some unusual VOC activity and therefore excluded the data…wtf?

The report went on to say that….although the NOX & VOC emissions from cars/mobile sources has steadily gone down but that the ozone levels haven’t followed that downward trend… and since so much gas drilling has taken place that more study is needed.  So I am waiting for an answer in chasing down that airplane VOC data….

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “g.mcguaghey@ceer.utexas.edu” <g.mcguaghey@ceer.utexas.edu>
Cc: “jnarvaez@nctcog.org” <jnarvaez@nctcog.org>; “cklaus@nctcog.org” <cklaus@nctcog.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:11 PM
Subject: Q on 2011 airplane air quality Barnett Shale study
Hello, I’ve attended some NCTCOG meetings…Dr David Allen was a guest speaker a few months ago and I asked him about the flyover air study Barnett Shale results (which were not included in his presentation for our ozone State Implementation Planning). He said the info from the flyovers were online...In reviewing the info presented, I see that all the VOC data was omitted. Could you please send me all the info on that? I would like more than the statement “VOC pattern did not follow usual concepts and did not meet commonly accepted internal consistency checks and thus eluded conclusive discussion”.
I may have someone else from the scientific community to be able to take a look at this for a second opinion as I hate to think that 100% of that info is not usable.
Kim Feil

Here in the DFW/Barnett Shale area, we have to reach the new federal OZONE reduction goal by 2018. The plan needs to be turned in by 2015 so we have 3 years to implement it to reach 75 ppb, but the last five years ave of 87 ppb…we’ve made no progress. If you have suggestions for how we can reduce ozone please send them ASAP to email jnarvaez@nctcog.org or call 817 608 2342.

In the past SIP neither the TCEQ or the NCTCOG Air Quality Committee as a whole, felt that natural gas extraction activity in the Barnett Shale doesn’t need to be targeted for reductions because methane is low on the list of those chemicals highly reactive to ozone formation like NOX.

But this is TexASS and we have Frackademia money galore risking tainting real science, and it is extremely unlikely that will we ever reach a level of ozone attainment protective to public health.


Benzene at NCTCOG Sept 2012

Dr Allen, a chemistry professor from UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering (who Rex Tillerson of Exxon just pledged $5 million to the school), gave a Barnett Shale related air quality presentation at the North Central Texas Council Of Governments to TCEQ on April 17, 2014.

Allen was appointed by our former EPA Chief to lead The Science Advisory Board back in 2012…really?…

Dr Allen started his presentation with disclosing the funding of the study which EDF was the only environmental group named. The other names I jotted down were…




Pioneer Resources,



Talisman, &


He divided the emissions into three catagories (omitting the drilling & fracking phases’ emissions)…

1) Well Completion

2) Rountine

3) Liquid Unloading

He talked about how the new EPA NSPS rules for green completions would offset the Methane emissions found from the pneumatic leaks. “Completion emissions are lower than previously estimated; Data show emissions from pneumatic controllers and equipment leaks are higher than EPA national emission projections; Estimates of total emissions are similar to the most recent EPA national inventory of methane emissions from natural gas production.”

My hand written notes show he said that these “routine type emissions” were found to be substantially understated especially for the midcontinent/Barnett Shale region when compared to other areas such as the Rocky Mountains, & Appalachians. Our Barnett Shale emissions came in second to the Gulf Coast’s unmitigated emissions.

There was mention of Chlorinated Emissions still mystifying the researchers in the quest for identifying constituents contributing to ozone creation.

As predicted, Dr Allen did NOT recommend that TCEQ adjust the State Implementation Plan (SIP) on Ozone attainment to restrict emissions from the Barnett Shale; so get ready to breathe the same o same o zone levels that are not healthy for us.

At the meeting, Dr Allen touted that they had 20 months of data that showed no episodic huge emission events (like liquid loading) here in the Barnett Shale, but later engineer, Dick Guldi, of the Sierra Club questioned Dr Allen and found that if any emission anomalies (like this or this?)  did occur, that it is stastically buried. Here is the video of that exchange…


Rep. Lon Burnam questioned why it was reported that the state froze the funding of an agency who found a link with a recent ozone surge and fracking. Here is a quote from that link…“TCEQ-funded study, performed by the Alamo Area Council of Governments, a San Antonio-area regional planning agency, suggested a link between oil and gas drilling and a recent surge in the region’s ozone levels.”  Dr Allen deferred that (bullying?) to the state, but did offer this explanation….he said that the NOX combining with the area’s higher natural VOC’s from vegetation was why the ozone spiked. Oh pleaze give me a frackademian break!

I sat through many a NCTCOG air quality meetings, and it is and will always probably continue to be a joke as long as the city coffers are lined with gas drillers money.

Some of the people that used to sit on those committees were not chosen by the tax payers, and yet our taxes support the NCTCOG.

Some of these city council members and mayors that used to sit on these committees also vote for gas well permits “and” get to manage/dispense the revenues and participate is prior years SIP planning….what a FAIL!

It all makes for a conflict of interest at the risk and expense of our lungs to take the brutal beatings…. sadly we have no say so in this.

However the good news was that UNT presented next on how drilling is linked as a persistent factor in our DFW smog. It was a thorough explanation by Dr Kuruvilla John who mentioned NObody paid for the study and that it was student driven.


UNT’s Dr Kuruvilla John presents “An Evaluation of the Spatio-Temporal Characteristics of meterologically-Adjusted Ozone Trends in North Texas”

My camera focused on the TCEQ guy and so in the above pic, I don’t have a great pic of Dr John whose presentation was thorough in the who, what, when, where, & how the data was processed including why they teased out meterological conditions to unveil the manmade portions of ozone contributors.

He divided the info into two time frames, pre 2007 and post 2007 data, and he divided the areas studied from the fracking and nonfracking air monitored sites in North Texas. The charts clearly showed a departure from the drilling verses the nondrilling areas where the ozone was higher in drilling areas.

The Star Telegram reported of Dr John’s study…“Based on the raw ozone data, the area without natural gas production, dubbed the “non-fracking region,” reduced the number of times it exceeded federal ozone standards about 4 percent more than the “fracking region.”

Fracking refers to hydraulic fracturing, a method of completing oil and gas wells, although the majority of emissions from oil and gas production take place after a well is completed.

John said a more worrisome finding came after adjusting the readings to eliminate weather-related factors such as temperature and wind, and looking at just the period after 2008, when ozone levels rose.

Ozone concentrations increased 12 percent during the summer in the fracking region, compared with 4 percent outside it, the study found. And during winter months, ozone levels rose 21 percent in the fracking region, compared with 5 percent outside it.”

Next TCEQ gave their presentation….

I am sad to report that after the TCEQ gave their lameo presentation,

appropriately Lon Burnam had to vent on how there still are

no real NEW plans to tackle ozone precursors

delt by the huge build out of our

Barnett Shale.

Fearless Jim Schermbeck grilling the TCEQ who also addressed Dr John asking if  the 2008 success in closing the cement kilns made the data less competitive to be able to see a better correlation of Barnett Shale related emissions on ozone verses the stuff historically coming off the cement plants.

Next, an Arlington democratic candidate “COZAD”, who is running against Representative (smokey) Joe Barton, spoke about how the price of NG may play a part in how sloppy drillers can be depending in emissions releases…. Here is the COZAD video link….


Gary Stuard made a remark on teasing out meteorologically important info when the reality of global warming (methanes indirect role in ozone) that goes back to drilling’s fingerprint with their methane leaks.

Lastly, although I did not get to officially speak, here are some points that I gave to the TCEQ folks in a hand-out as citizen participation was very limited…

  • Barnett Shale created NOX especially with diesel drilling rigs have done damage in the last 7-10 years that is comparable to 1,479 years of Arlington’s General Motor’s plant NOX.
  • Our Barnett Shale 18,000 gas wells’ VOC’s also are comparable to the VOC’s GM has created over a six and half year period (before the GM plant expansion)….so I will put pressure on the TCEQ to have an ozone monitor in the Entertainment District which is downwind to the GM plant and and the Chesapeake padsites (gaswells, compressors, etc) located on GM property.
  • Methane’s warming effect (speeds up global warming) affects our ground level temps to become hotter which indirectly creates ozone. Warmer weather IS one of the factors in ozone formation…but we have a bunch of Perry appointed global warming deniers that are in leadership positions at the TCEQ…so they won’t put much stock in how methane losses are important to the SIP.
  • I also learned that fracking and other seismic rock cracking events directly create ozone. “In research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2011, Grant and a research team found that tectonic stresses in the Earth’s crust send “massive amounts of primarily positive air ions into the lower atmosphere.

I did get to speak OUT at the end of the meeting on our “unknown and unregulated” synergistic pollution risk (1+1=5) to our airshed with

combinations of drill sites and compressor stations

being near other major emission sources in Arlington to include…

General Motors, 


water treatment plants, and

power plants

and I asked for an ozone monitor in our Entertainment District

…then came the crickets… and the meeting abruptly adjourned. Thats when the WFAA reporter asked me to stay for a *sound bite interview which aired hours later.

After the meeting I spoke to Dr Allen because pollution levels being monitored from the sky by “da plane” are of interest lately as these “upper-end measurement” readings show how off base the EPA was at seven padsites that had emission readings taken by “da plane” in Pennsylvania. Those readings were found to have 100 up to 1,000 times more methane leaks than the EPA knew about. This was published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Dr Allen that those readings were high because they drilled into a coalbed methane seam. The LATimes reported... “Much of the natural gas drilling in southwestern Pennsylvania goes through coal beds, which contain methane that might be leaking out, according to the study.”

I also asked Dr David Allen about how they measured what was coming off the tanks that vent..his slide show picture showed that they covered the open top tank with plastic and routed a vent hose to the ground where they point source tested it….I asked him why can’t they add a “gas buster” to that exhaust pipe? He said it would still vent, and so I said so why don’t they use the closed vent, pressurized tanks when they do this in our back yards?…he had no answer and so I said….your Cockrell school jus rec’d a $5 million Rex Tillerson pledge a few days ago!…I told him when schools take that kind of money their science is not credible”….he stared straight ahead emotionless…so I got more in his face and said the public relys on the scientists like you to protect “us” cause the politicions are bought off”…he said all they did was take the measurements and its up to us….I jumped in and said “we are busy working…we cannot compete with that kind of money influence to make changes that protect us”.…then I told him I now live less than 1/2 mile from the Chesapeake drillsite by the Cowboys Stadium but have been down wind to the gaswells at GM & UT Arlington for the last 7 years. I told him about my husband’s cancer, my nose bleeds, & my son’s endocrine disruption. I told him about the lady at the Autozone that now is on the fenceline to those storage tanks who worked there for 13 years with no migraines and itchiness until last year which was how long our drill site has been in production. Folks…I’ve come to the sad conclusion that Dr Allen isn’t human… he’s an alien that doesn’t have to live on this planet?

He can go fly (not) da plane but a kite…just like that TCEQ guy who doesn’t think ozone and fracking are a problem….


From: Chris Klaus <CKlaus@nctcog.org>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:41 AM
Subject: RE: [BarnettShale_GassedNGastly] Methane Emissions From Gas Wells Up To 1,000 Times Higher Than Federal Estimate: Study

Should be presented tomorrow, specifically #2…


From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:13 PM
To: Chris Klaus
Subject: Re: [BarnettShale_GassedNGastly] Methane Emissions From Gas Wells Up To 1,000 Times Higher Than Federal Estimate: Study

I recall there was to be some planes fly over the Barnett Shale a few years ago and were to measure emissions and map them.

What ever became of those results?


Nov 16 2014 update the industry/EDF funded study was summarized  in the Denver Post as follows….“One of the largest bottom-up studies was done by the University of Texas and the Environmental Defense Fund, a national environmental group.

The researchers measured methane emissions around the country on 190 natural gas sites, 150 production sites, 489 wells and 27 sites where wells were being hydrofractured, or fracked.

Hoods, covers and bags were placed over various pieces of equipment to catch and measure escaping methane.

The study was done with the cooperation of nine major oil companies, including Anadarko and Encana, Colorado’s second- and third- largest operators after Noble.

The study multiplied the measurements across all operations and estimated methane-escape rates lower than EPA’s inventory — primarily because of lower emissions from fracking operations.

But the escape rates for all the other sources — leaks, valves, pumps — were higher than EPA estimates.

“Bottom-up studies are telling us the sources of some emissions are higher than we thought,” said David Allen, the University of Texas professor who led the study.”

The study also indicated that a few operations produced a large share of the emissions.

“It is going to be a lot better to go after those facilities than try to change every valve” in an oil field, Allen said.

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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