Arlington had a Secret DFW Midstream Compressor Station on UTA Campus

Since the UT Arlington campus is a state institution, our city gas well inspectors don’t have to inspect the on campus gaswell padsite. So they never really had to tell us about the compressor station that was there either……regardless of how polluting it was to my family downwind.

http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/implementation/barnett_shale/2010.01.27-BarnettShaleMonitoringReport.pdf

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Screen shot 2014-06-06 at 4.31.17 PMSo for DFW Mistream to terminate their operations there, I wonder….

…what the hell happened? (I know my son was sickened during a whiteout playing outside when this compressor station was still in operation-I believe a cooling inversion exposed him-he was lethargic for ten days and had dilated eyes and other BP symptoms)…

…how long it was there for?…

…and who had enough sense to make it go away?

Anybody know?

Back in 2010 a complaint was filed and by the time TCEQ came out an air sampled all was fine and jus’ peachy…

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If you click on the TCEQ report the Benzene was .27 ppb on 1/8/2010 which is a normal (unhealthy in my opinion) background level for an urban area. But what is striking on the report is the that TCEQ doesn’t blink an eye unless the Effect Screening Level for Benzene is over 180 ppb – now “that” is insane. The long term ESL is 1.41 ppb – as a carcinogen, there really is no SAFE, healthy, Benzene exposure level, so…I get upset when the UTA Air Monitor goes over the long term ESL typically when the winds die down and blow directly AT the monitor….my point is Benzene is always there at UTA and unless we get point air monitoring (also during blowdowns) we don’t know how much is spewing into the airshed.

It is unfortunate that the on campus air monitor was installed AFTER the old skool compressors went away and were replaced with electric lift compressors.


OCT 2014 UPDATE After two years of air monitoring AND being at the mercy of wind conditions, we still don’t how much Benzene is there especially during “upsets” at the lift compressors or during their on going maintenance called “blowdowns” – or when the electricity is cut off during storms to these electric lift compressors.  On Oct 2 2014 a storm took down the campus electricity and here is a letter asking about how the ELECTRIC lift compressors reacted-I am counting on the TCEQ to contact Enervest to find out….

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “openrecs@tceq.texas.gov” <openrecs@tceq.texas.gov>
Cc: cindy powell <cpowell@aisd.net>; “jerrylewis@uta.edu” <jerrylewis@uta.edu>; Tony Rutigliano <tony@downtownarlington.org>; “don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov” <don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov>; “jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov” <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>; “collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov” <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Maria Carbajal <Maria.Carbajal@arlingtontx.gov>; “editor.shorthorn@uta.edu” <editor.shorthorn@uta.edu>
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:54 PM
Subject: Fw: PIR – How did the UTA gaswell site fair during Oct 2 storm power loss?
In Arlington at Pecan and Center on the campus of UT Arlington (map here)

MavAlert wrote:

10/02/14 23:05 All UT Arlington classes canceled Friday due to power outage, all offices closed. UC and Dining Services will be open.

How did the electric lift compressors react to a power loss? Our Arlington gaswell inspectors have no jurisdiction to inspect this site because it is a state entity the padsite sits on. DID A BLOWDOWN OCCUR?

Please contact Enervest on my behalf to inquire if they had any pressure changes at the well heads or if any lift compressors were known to have gone offline that were bled down and directed to the storage tanks to invisibly vent from there.
This video from Colorado shows how invisible emissions go where the winds take them. I hope in that video they were capturing a blowdown and that would then be an anomaly and not a constant airshed assault that is hard to watch in this video as the school in Colorado is so close too.
Here at UTA, students (unknowingly to the risks) live in the Johnson Creek Apartments adjacent to a similar padsite. I noted how some complaints about odors were from those tenants on this link.
Is there still a worker that “tends” to this UTA site? Who is his employer? Lots of Q’s but we live downwind to this site thanks.
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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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