FYI Colloids …the newfound flowback water contamination risk

Nov 12 2014 UPDATE

UPDATE Nov 12 2014… wrote…“Other aspects of well construction and hydraulic fracturing are largely exempt from the CWA. Water, gas and other material that are injected into a well to facilitate oil or gas production are not considered “pollutants” under the CWA if the activity is permitted by the state where the well is located (33 USC. § 1362(6)(B)). In addition, oil and gas operations are exempt from CWA storm water permitting requirements as long as the storm water runoff is kept separate from raw material and waste products at the well site (33 USC. § 1342(l)(2)).”

Aug 2014 UPDATE the NCTCOG has emailed me back (letter at the bottom of this post) that they will NOT put this item topic on the storm water meeting’s agenda.  

Got a drill site flood or a drill site spill? I covered an Arlington flood last June at a drill site here.

Purposely spreading the toxic love on the ground? I covered mudfarming stories too here.


Colloids collect chemicals & carcinogens carrying the “frack on crack” to compound (water flow) contamination….Oh Crap! wrote of a new study in the ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology…..”But another factor that no one has really addressed could play a role: colloids. These tiny pieces of minerals, clay and other particles are a concern because they attract heavy metals and other environmental toxins, and have been linked to groundwater contamination.”

“This indicates that infiltration of flowback fluid could turn soils into an additional source of groundwater contaminants such as heavy metals, radionuclides and microbial pathogens,”

Here is even more information on the subject…

“They are microscopic particles larger than a molecule and tend to bind to soil because of colloids’ electric charge.” wrote on article #14…..”A laboratory at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences published its findings in the American Chemical Society’s journal, Environmental Science & Technology.

The study attempts to understand the prevalence of colloids in groundwater from soils exposed to flowback fluid via accidental “hydrofracking” spills. They filled tubes with soil mixed with synthetic colloids that shined red under a bright light microscope. In one tube, the researchers poured deionized water. In the other tube, they poured flowback fluid from a drilling site at the Marcellus Shale.
Fewer than 5% of the colloids were leached out of the soil with the deionized water when it was released. But 32-36% of the colloids were released with the flowback fluid.
The authors of the paper believe the cause to be the chemical properties of the flowback fluid, which is used to extract the natural gas from shale. The fluid most likely reduces the binding forces between the colloids and the soil. Any colloids that bind to the soil when the flowback fluid spills into it will be leached, along with bound pollutants and heavy metals, into the groundwater.”

Continuing to frack with all the risks and known fracking dangers to our water supplies is the guy in the video…..INfrackingSANE!!!!

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Later this guy goes on a rant in this video saying “Love is the answer – quit buying stuff”

UPDATE July 21, 2014, here is a letter I’m trying to send out to the NCTCOG Storm Water committee….

Please have *XXXXX assist in getting an agenda item on the NCTCOG’s next meeting on 9/10/14, 9:30 am for storm water drainage issues related to holding and testing storm waters at Urban Drilling Padsites and Compressor Stations for…

Heavy Metals,



BTEX, and

Fracking Chemicals

In addition to effluents that can contaminate the padsites at all stages of NG extraction/production, there is a newly identified problem with COLLOIDS during the flowback stage and mudfarming stage. This is the equivalent of “frack on crack” as heavy metals can leach out of the ground at an abnormally high rate.

This needs to be addressed ASAP in our feast or famine rain weather conditions here in the Barnett Shale.

Thank You

Kim Feil

* T. Sury, Karen Siddall, Walter Shumac, Derek Senter, Echo Rexroad, Howard Redfearn, Lisa Mensing, Amitis Meshkani, Tim Porter, Krista Pender, Christopher Metz, Robert Berndt, Mike Brownlee, Becca Grassi-Peterson, Jerry Joslin, Jerry Laverty, Jodie Ledat, David Lenartowicz, Cindy Mendez

From: Jeff Rice <>
To: “” <>
Cc: Jeff Rice <>; Jack Tidwell <>; Edith Marvin <>; Jennifer Vuitel <>; Nalani Jay <>
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:31 PM
Subject: RE: Request for you to forward this to the Emails of the Storm Water Committee-Environment

Ms. Feil:


Thank you for your e-mail and interest. The Committee that oversees NCTCOG’s Regional Stormwater Management Program is the Regional Stormwater Management Coordinating Council (RSWMCC), which is scheduled to meet on August 27, 2014 at 9:30 am (details below).

Regional Stormwater Management Coordinating Council

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:30 am

William J. Pitstick Executive Board Room, NCTCOG Offices

616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011


We have noted your request with the RSWMCC Chair.  Unfortunately due to time constraints, this item will not be included on the agenda for the upcoming RSWMCC meeting.  We will discuss this issue with the RSWMCC Chair and other departments at NCTCOG to determine how to best address your comments.


Thank you again for your and interest.  Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.


Jeff Rice
Environment & Development Planner
North Central Texas Council of Governments


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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1 Response to FYI Colloids …the newfound flowback water contamination risk

  1. Reblogged this on marquette1969 and commented:
    How much “evidence” is needed? Again with the lack of qualifiable evidence. “Evidence is in the eye of the beholder’ recently heard someone say. And right now, while the EPA s it stands by its work and its data in the Pavillion case, here in Australia the EPA decides to abrogate its responsibilities to an already well known pro-fracking Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP). In this same vein, how much credence do we give to the Wyoming report due in September regardless of whether or not the EPA will continue to stands by its work and its data in the Pavillion case. It is face palmingly obvious that something is rotten. And I doubt very much that this will be washed away with so much produced water.

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