update Jan 2015… use THIS LINK to get to gas well page….the city moved to a new website format and functionality for this page has been 6-9 months out of commission.
Last July of 2013 I outlined some issues with how our city gas well webpage RISKS public health in information shortcomings…while I see an effort to improve…sometimes they kinda go in wrong direction. This morning I had trouble searching to find the inspection reports…. as I started in alphabetical order with “Atlas”, formerly Titan, who seems to have been last inspected on 3/13/ 2 0 1 2 ….this should be done quarterly.
Here is part II in critiquing what info our city does NOT provide in explaining Urban Drilling to its resident guinea pigs…..FYI I added some links and MY comments/corrections are in CAPPED, BOLDFACED, PARENTHESEIS…
“How is our Fresh Water drinking zones protected?
The Rail Road Commission (RRC) & Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) department sets our depths to protect our natural fresh water zones on interest in Texas. The operator is required by law to set our surface casing to a depth of a minimum of 20’ deeper than what the TCEQ requirements state. (CORRECTION, IT IS THE RRC/GROUNDWATER ADVISORY UNIT not TCEQ.)
When drilling our surface hole we only use fresh water mud laden fluids that are not toxic or hazardous to the public. (OOPS “when drilling our surface hole” tisk tisk tisk … HERES A VIDEO WHERE I MET WITH A CITY GAS WELL INSPECTOR TO GO OVER THE MSDS SHEETS DURING THE DRILLING PHASE AND WOW NASTY Napatha, Toluene, Benzene, Ethylbenzene, Hydrogen Sulfide, ETC!)
The surface casing is always cemented back to the surface to protect these fresh water bearing zones of interest. (A CITY GAS WELL INSPECTOR SHOULD BE THERE TO VIDEO TAPE WHEN THIS OCCURS AS THE RRC IS SHORT STAFFED-AT LEAST POST THE ELECTRIC BOND LOG TEST RESULTS ON OUR CITY WEBSITE. HERE IS A LINK TO DALE HENRY’S COMMENTS. HE HAS WORKED IN THE INDUSTRY FOR DECADES AND HAS RUN TWICE FOR RRC COMMISSIONER)
Are gas wells noisy when they are operating?
The construction, drilling & fracturing process of creating a gas well generates the most noise….. If the wells do not flow or produce on their own natural ability then at times, gas compressors are installed to help lift or remove fluid from the hole where the wells can flow. These compressors create a small amount of noise (AND AIR POLLUTION DURING “BLOWDOWNS” FROM MAINTAINENCE, OR POWER LOSS ) that is normally controlled by housing the units to cut down on the noise level.
Do natural gas wells produce bad odors?
The gas that is produced in the Barnett Shale does not have any odor. (HERE IS THE STORY OF THE CHESAPEAKE ARLINGTON LYNN SMITH DRILL SITE THAT SICKENED A BUSINESS OWNER DURING FLOWBACK IN HER OWN PARKING LOT – NOT TO MENTION HER FOUNDATION WAS FRACKED CRACKED IN HALF! CLICK HERE FOR “THAT” VIDEO.)
How long is the well active or producing?
Some wells produce 15-20 years, depending on the quality of formation. (HOW BOUT THE REPORTED 3-5 YEARS?…A GRAND PRAIRIE GAS WELL WAS JUST PLUGGED AND IT WAS LESS THAN 4 YEARS OLD!)
How is natural gas transported?
Natural gas is transported via buried gas lines located in and around the Metroplex. Most of these lines have been in existence for 30 years. (WHAT ABOUT THE PIPELINE BY THAT CHURCH WHERE THE NEW EDEN SUBDIVISION ENCROACHES THE PIPELINE?)
What is a frac pit?
It is an earth pit dug out by a bull dozer and lined with plastic. Its measurements run in the range of 200’ x 400’ depending on how much water is used to fracture the wells. These pits are filled with fresh water and look like a large swimming pool. These pits are used to store fresh water that is used in fracturing of the Barnett Shale. It takes approximately 4,000,000 gallons of water to fracture a well. (THAT IS TAKEN FROM THE NEARBY FIRE HYDRANTS WHERE EVEN DURING DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS A VARIANCE IS MADE AVAILABLE TO THOSE FRACKERS UPON REQUEST AND DISCRETION OF OUR WATER DIRECTOR)
What is a Closed-Loop Mud System? (AN OPEN TOP MUD TANK THAT VENTS IN OUR AIRSHED!!!!)
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….. All of the disposal sites have been approved & monitored by the Railroad Commission. Cuttings are particles of (RADIOACTIVE, HEAVY IN MEALS & BTEX …READ THIS SCIENTIFIC STUDY ON THE SUBJECT AND SEE ARLINGTON PHOTOS ) formation obtained from a well during drilling operations.
They are brought to the surface (OF OUR AIRSHED) by circulating mud-laden fluid.
What is fracturing or completing with hydraulic horsepower?
Fracturing is a means of opening the Barnett Shale formation up by the use of hydraulic horse power and fresh water. (AND CHEMICALS…YOU FORGOT TO SAY “AND CHEMICALS!”)
The fresh water stored in our Frac pits will be pumped in stages into the Barnett Shale formation with rates of 50-150 barrels per minute, using several trucks to create this energy.
Once the fracture (opening of rock) has been created by this force then sand ‘like beach sand’ (CALL IT TOXIC CRYSTALLINE, RADIOACTIVE, SILICA DUST/SAND!…DON’T FORGET TO MENTION OSHA DROPPED THE BALL IN PROTECTING THE WORKERS TOO!) is mixed with the fresh water (AND CHEMICALS) and pumped into these fractures to help prevent the fracture from closing back once the hydraulic force is reduced.
What is a tank battery?
It is normally a single or double steel or fiberglass tank that can hold fluids of 200-400 barrels. There is also normally a gas separator inside the battery which allows the water or oil to separate from the gas. It provides some retention time that allows the gas to break out of the oil or water (THAT THEN -SEE ARLINGTON VIDEO HERE– INVISIBLY VENTS TOXIC, EXPLOSIVE, CARCINOGENIC HYDROCARBONS INTO OUR AIRSHED VIA THE THIEF HATCHES. HERE IS INFO ON TANKS AND COMPRESOR EMISSIONS) and then move into the gas sales system or pipeline.
The fluids (gas or oil) are then dumped into existing steel or fiberglass tanks for storage and or removal. The fluids will be removed by trucking that is also done ( D A I L Y TO VENT DURING OFFLOADING IN OUR AIRSHED, OR TO SPILL ON OUR ROADS – SEE FT WORTH RECENT VIDEO HERE) during daylight to dark time periods.
In most Metroplex settings, these tanks and batteries will be “low-profile” meaning; they will be lower than standard tank batteries. This is done in an effort to lessen the visual effects (BUT NOT AIRSHED HEALTH EFFECTS…SEE THE LIST OF THE HARMED ..HERE OR CLICK HERE FOR SOME ARLINGTON ACCOUNTS.) of operating on our neighborhoods.
Most of the Metroplex tank batteries will also be protected by concrete or masonry walls and trees. (…”PROTECTED?” ….THAT IS A WTF MOMENT! “PROTECTED FROM EXPLOSIONS”…SAY IT!!)
What is a Blow Out?
A sudden, violent escape of gas and oil ‘and sometimes (TOXIC) water’ from a drilling well when high pressure gas is encountered and efforts to prevent or to control the escape has not been successful. (LIKE WHEN REMOTE AUTO SHUT IN DEVICES FAIL LIKE THE TWO GAS WELLS AT TWO DIFFERENT SITES THAT FATEFUL NIGHT IN APRIL 2011? OR THE 8 FAILS DURING THE ICE STORM AT THE CHESAPEAKE EDERVILLE DRILL SITE?)
What is a Blow out Preventor (BOP)?
A device attached immediately above the casing to control the pressure and prevent escape of fluids from the annular space between the drill pipe and casing or shut off the hole if no drill pipe is in the hole, should a kick or blowout occur. These devices are pressure tested between 3,500 – 5,000psi when installed and every two weeks afterwards. They also have remote control valves to operate from a safe distance if needed.” (WHEN THEY WORK …OUR OWN FIRECHIEF WAS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID THAT THE MANUAL SHUT OFF CONTROL HAS FAILED IN THE PAST…. THE BLOW OUT PREVENTOR IS TO BE TESTED EVERY TWO WEEKS, BUT WHO’S CHECKING?…CRICKETS….)
In closing… Our city website FAILS to mention the flowback stage and how they violate their own ordinance by letting the well head INDIRECTLY vent into the airshed via the open hatch flowback tanks.
And in an uncontrolled well situation, they forgot to say that in a worse case scenerio that it could take six hours or so before the experts (like Boots & Coots) are available and arrive to drill a relief well……OOOOPS guess what? I believe that in planning for Urban Drilling, that they did not allow spacing requirements for that “rare” event.. ie a building could be in the area that is needed. I have yet to get a response from our AFD on that subject. I’ll email them again….. in the meantime watch this Louisiana news coverage on the evacuation related to a well control failure back in 2012.
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Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:29 PM
Subject: follow up on Q from 2012 on risk of relief well spacing/here is evacuation video
by Kim Triolo Feil
From: Kim Feil
Date: March 7, 2012 8:36:58 AM CST
To: Jim Self <email@example.com>
Subject: Urban Relief well remedy Boots & Coots may use… Q on proximity needs & suggestion for advanced kill well placement
Jim, I was reading the Drillingahead blog…can you find out if Boot & Coots has to come to an urban area for an outta control well if they plan on digging an relief/kill well “vertically parallel (alongside), not perpendicular” to the existing well. If so, then how close can they get because some setbacks in Arlington may not allow this remedy. Those wells should be first on the list to be capped once they peter out in production…I would cap them now where relief/kill wells aren’t possible.
For those wells that do have the space for a relief well, should those have the risk/reward scenero applied…you know can’t ask for the moon here..it would be more reasonable to ask for capped wells after they peter out if the relief well scenario is unreasonable in urban settings.
Can we have someone plot where each relief well would go for each gas well in Arlington so we get an idea of what added risks we have in that a structure may be in the way of where a relief well needs to go in the worst case scenario.
Also find out if they could use another nearby padsite to reach the outta control well, and if we could have in place one well at each site designed just for Boot and Coots to use so that it is almost ready to go when they arrive?
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..”
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,
From: Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>
To: ‘kim feil’ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 4:10 PM
Subject: RE: Is the city requiring the drillers to provide pressure test logs every 2 weeks?
We do not require maintenance logs; operators are, however, required to provide them when requested.
Bridgett White, AICP
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Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:05 AM
To: Bridgett White
Subject: Is the city requiring the drillers to provide pressure test logs every 2 weeks?
“What is a Blow out Preventor (BOP)?
A device attached immediately above the casing to control the pressure and prevent escape of fluids from the annular space between the drill pipe and casing or shut off the hole if no drill pipe is in the hole, should a kick or blowout occur. These devices are pressure tested between 3,500 – 5,000psi when installed and every two weeks afterwards. They also have remote control valves to operate from a safe distance if needed.”