@ChristiCraddick is challenged to email EPA on #fracking NSPS rule clarification

As the news comes in of Ms. Christi Craddick replacing Barry Smitherman, the lead of our Texas Oil & Gas regulatory agency, citizens respond by making comments on the announcement. In one of the comments, I challenge this woman to stand by her words…

“As chairman, I will ensure that we continue to have fair, common-sense rules that foster vibrant industry innovation, allowing industry to power our state’s economy, while keeping our citizens and natural resources safe.

Here is my challenge (also anyone reading this can take the challenge too)…..

“If Craddick is serious about keeping public safe then she’ll email the EPA and send me a copy at kimfeil@sbcglobal.net This is the least they can do if this industry has to be in our backyards and in our airsheds.
For those wanting emission controls for natural gas drilling, please send public comment using the
email address, “A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov
Reference in your attention line “Docket ID Number EPA– HQ–OAR–2010–0505”.
Dear EPA, Please clarify in your NSPS language to mandate Green Completions equipment (ie closed, pressurized, ventless flowback tanks) to be used in ALL stages of flowback, thank you.”

Richard Guldi, also commented and tells of a chilling scenario if more seismic events occur to cause the failure of Eagle Mountain Lake dam….

“Railroad  Commissioner Christi Craddick doesn’t inspire much confidence when she says she will continue to have fair, common-sense rules keep our citizens and natural resources safe.  Christi has continually maintained that fracking waste water disposal doesn’t cause earthquakes and that fracking doesn’t poison aquifers or exacerbate air pollution. 

She has ignored the threats of earthquakes to the earthen Eagle
Mountain Lake dam.  This lake contains ten times as much water as Lake Conemaugh that produced the Johnstown flood in 1889.  With a volumetric flow rate that temporarily equaled that of the Mississippi River, that flood killed 2,209 people and caused the equivalent of about $425 million damage in 2012 dollars according to wikipedia.  A flood ten times that size could kill 22,000 people and produce $4.2
Billion damage.

So far, most earthquakes near fracking waste disposal sites have been low level, but they’re shallow. Shallow earthquakes have higher shake indexes for the same magnitude, so a mag-3 shallow earthquake are equivalent to a mag-5 deep earthquake. One epicenter is only 2.5 miles from the dam, and families living within view of the spillway report
frequent strong vibrations in their homes.  These vibrations are bound to weaken the dam. We all know how water penetrates through the smallest microcracks and eventually enlarges them.  

If Eagle Mountain dam ruptures, Commissioner Craddick will get a very expensive lesson in “sound science.”   Unfortunately, the only thing it will cost her is her job.  People living in the path of the flood will lose their property if not their lives. The rest of us will mourn the dead as we pay for the damage through higher taxes and higher insurance rates.

I hope that it doesn’t take something as drastic as a ruptured dam for voters to understand what our unrestrained fracking industry and their control of legislators and
regulators via campaign contributions is doing to our state.”


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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