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.
…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?
Back in 2010 a complaint was filed and by the time TCEQ came out an air sampled all was fine and jus’ peachy…
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….
From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: cindy powell <email@example.com>; “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>; Tony Rutigliano <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Maria Carbajal <Maria.Carbajal@arlingtontx.gov>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:54 PM
Subject: Fw: PIR – How did the UTA gaswell site fair during Oct 2 storm power loss?
|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?