Sixth year? Infrared FLIR Camera NOT on City of Arlington budget plan… AGAIN!


update JUNE 2016 FLIR purchase is ON the agenda -still betting this won’t pass cause THE FIRE DEPARTMENT is recommending they don’t need it!

“Informal Report to Mayor and Council FLIR 320 Camera Update City Council Meeting Date: June 28, 2016 ISSUE The purpose of this report is to provide an update for Mayor and Council on whether a FLIR 320 Camera is needed for the Fire Department to effectively manage natural gas well emergencies. Several members of City Council have been approached by a small group of citizens requesting the purchase of a FLIR Camera for the specific purpose of detecting leaks at natural gas well pad sites. DISCUSSION The Arlington Fire Department (AFD) has numerous types of emergency response detection equipment capable of detecting leaks for the purpose of emergency control actions at natural gas well pad sites, and other types of hazardous material emergencies that occur in the City. Included are infrared laser thermometers and thermal imaging equipment. Equipment of this type can detect temperature variations associated with leaking hazardous materials. The Fire Department also has analytical detection equipment that can specifically identify materials by hazard class and percentage concentration. Included in this class of AFD detection equipment are photoionization detectors, radiation detectors, color-metric tubes that react to specific chemicals in the air, Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) detection for flammable and explosive materials, oxygen level detection, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) detection, and many other types of chemical detection technology. These types of detectors are effective in helping the Fire Department response teams identify specific materials which then assist response teams in appropriately responding to emergency incidents. Additionally, the Department has liquid-based detection capability, in order to identify liquid materials as needed for incident control. While a FLIR 320 camera can provide a visual representation of hazardous material release, it is not designed for sampling or chemical analysis of the material. When needed, AFD can and will use multiple types of detection equipment to locate and identify hazardous material releases. The detection equipment used by the Department is expensive and must be calibrated for accuracy on a regular basis. The FLIR 320 camera is several times more expensive than most of the current detection equipment used by the Fire Department. The addition of a FLIR 320 camera is not needed for the Fire Department to meet its mission of ensuring natural gas well pad sites are operating safely, nor is it necessary for the detection of leaking hazardous materials. As for claims regarding air quality at natural gas well pad sites, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the regulatory agency responsible for air quality in the State of Texas. The FLIR 320 camera does not provide air quality information. It is a visual detection instrument. 60 Page 2 of 2 The Department has engaged in significant emergency response preparedness efforts, which include the ability to detect leaks during emergency situations at natural gas well pad sites. The Fire Department does not recommend the purchase of a FLIR 320 Camera. Concerns of air quality should be referred to TCEQ. ACTION No action is requested at this time. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Attached: None Under separate cover: None Available in the City Secretary’s Office: None STAFF CONTACT(S) Don Crowson Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Management 817.459.5501”


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Lana Wolff <>
Cc: Don Crowson <>
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: why did Liveable Arlington group get some staff time and not me?
Over the years I have consistantly asked council to consider putting a flir camera in the budget with no response.
I personally have spoken at budget meetings and sent endless emails and post my communications on my blog.
I am troubled at how how “a small group” aka Liveable Arlington gals which I know maybe it was only up to two people that met with you Lana the last time council met for work sessions… deal is why did THEY get to have the AFD consideration and not my repeated requests?
I see that AFD is not recommending a FLIR is needed for AFD…what is the Planning & Zoning’s position for the gas well coordinators utilizing a FLIR when they do their quaterly inspections?
Please advise

After giggling in viewing a fart on an airport infrared security camera video, I’m reminded that the City of Arlington continues to refuse to budget for equipment to detect VOC’s in our airshed. I’ve grown weary of wasting my time asking in emails and asking in public at the budget hearings…year after year I ask with no feedback as to why they won’t purchase one.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 6/7/16, I attended a City Council Gaswell (nuisance) Committee Meeting with Rivera, Wilemon, Gilaspie, and Parker. I was glad Parker was inquiring if it was safe to build over plugged and abandoned gas wells (like those at the Viridian)…Staff said the Railroad Commission (who regulates oil & gas in Texas) has already come in and plugged the Viridian ones and that “we came in and built a structure over”…I have to ask if that area is west of Collins at the Viridian? If so it is either the maintenance buildings or the new Viridian Fire Department? I shutter to think about unintended gas migration which is where a flir could be handy.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Jeff Williams <>
Cc: Trey Yelverton <>; Don Crowson <>; Jim Parajon <>; Robert Rivera <>; Lana Wolff <>; Charlie Parker <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Robert Shepard <>; Cynthia Simmons <>; Brett Shipp <>; Collin Gregory <>; Victoria Myers <>; “” <>; Maria Carbajal <>; “” <>; Jessica Youngblood <>; Jim Self <>; “” <>; “” <>; Jay W. White <>
Sent: Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:51 AM
Subject: Last Tues gas well committee meeting $120,000 for noise=FAIL we should spend $$ on IR devices

Mayor Williams, please let this year be the year we spend money for appropriate tools in our urban drilling town. IR (infrared imagery) devices that the city owns for our AFD & gas well inspectors is important and sends a message to our operators that we are serious about methane leaks. If we get a continuous monitoring device and approval from the operator to install it on a monthly basis at different padsites, we can improve leak detection instead of trusting the operator is doing their job. Chesapeake is on the financial squeeze of course…cutting corners in our good town should not be risked or tolerated.
Thank you
PS Every year over the last 5-7 years I have asked for the city to budget for a FLIR camera…on your watch I trust you can help influence staff to get this done.
Kim Feil

——–end June 2016 update————–

June 2015 city budget update…here are the pages with gas well related items…

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—- Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Don Crowson <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 8:47 PM
Subject: Q on budget item adopted vs estimated GW operational permit fees…
Don I’m trying to understand if we are charging but not collecting on the fee-per wellhead of $2,400 each.
On the budget from today’s special meeting, I saw the revenue line called
‘Gas Well Operational Permit Fee”. The adopted FY 2015 amount of about $450K
has a negative variance by that amount because the estimated 2015 figure is blank.
What does this mean? Are we still in litigation on this fee? Have we been colelcting them? Will HB40 renew the industry resistance to this fee?
I have to give a presentation tomorrow night and I asked earlier about this but am running out of time for an answer, thanks.

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end June 2015 update

January 2015 update.…I noticed on a gas well inspection report that a field named GFIR is available, but normally not populated with “pass/fail”…but I did see one report populated and inquired if GFIR is the same as FLIR and was told yes…so unless this was a mistake…our gas drilling inspector just MAY have access to a FLIR and are being cruel to not tell me.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Bridgett White <>
Cc: Robert Rivera <>; Robert Cluck <>; Robert Shepard <>; Jimmy Bennett <>; Charlie Parker <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Lana Wolff <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:02 AM
Subject: Was the 4th well drilled ever fracked at the Truman site?
Brigett, since the website is down and even if it were up I doubt the functionality does not get to the 1H 2H etc level of detail…..was the 4th well drilled ever fracked at the Truman site? 
Will your new web site be able to give detailed well status’ in the event that different wells will be in different activity phases?
Also, I saw an inspection report with the field ‘GFIR’ populated….when did the city get a FLIR? and can I get info on your protocols for using it…ie if TVA goes over a certain threshold…what is that threshold?
Will the city be posting the GFIR results online like the TCEQ has the ability to?
Oh and please make sure Maria gets back to me on last night’s public meeting with Enervest and Viridian…no one there knew if flowback can be stopped in the event of an emergency such as the I20 propane fire.
I sent Maria an email on Dec 4 to see if I could be included on the task force for the gas well ordinance update and haven’t heard back yet.
Kim Feil
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Here is a link that is gaswell/budget wise related for 2014 on their website. And below is a little bit more info but NO INFRARED cameras to be purchased..hah!

Below is an Earthworks video

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So here is another infrared video only it isn’t funny…its happening 24/7 near in our Arlington airshed that falls out into our watershed at Lake Arlington….

and here is another Arlington video from the UTArlington campus….

Today I tried to speak with just one of the five city gas well representatives…none were available (to speak to “me”?) to confirm that AGAIN the FLIR is not on the city’s radar/budget.  So with confidence I will hit the publish button cause I’m sure that they will NEVER purchase a FLIR camera that will show what they don’t wanna see….

                                                                 Industrial  P O L L U T I O N  in residential areas.

UPDATE – I hate it when I’m right…

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Bridgett White <>
To: ‘kim feil’ <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:47 PM
Subject: Question re: budget

Ms. Feil,
In response to your question re: GFIR cameras…it is not in the budget.

Bridgett White, AICP
Assistant Director/Strategic Planning Division
Community Development and Planning, City of Arlington
817.459.6660 | Fax 817.459.6671
Mail Stop 01-0260| 101 W. Abram St. | Arlington, TX 76010 |

Here are some select gas well related 2014 budget item info…

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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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