Nov 12 2014 UPDATE
UPDATE Nov 12 2014…US.practicallaw.com 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!
Phys.org 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…http://www.designntrend.com/articles/15935/20140626/fracking-flowback-fluid-releases-dangerous-pollutants-into-soil.htm
“They are microscopic particles larger than a molecule and tend to bind to soil because of colloids’ electric charge.”
http://westmorelandmarcellus.blogspot.com/2014/07/westmoreland-marcellus-citizens-group_11.html 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 well..like the guy in the video…..INfrackingSANE!!!!
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…
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.
* 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
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Cc: Jeff Rice <JRice@nctcog.org>; Jack Tidwell <JTidwell@nctcog.org>; Edith Marvin <EMarvin@nctcog.org>; Jennifer Vuitel <JVuitel@nctcog.org>; Nalani Jay <NJay@nctcog.org>
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
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.
Environment & Development Planner
North Central Texas Council of Governments