In Arlington adding new gas wells to an existing pad site gets NO PUBLIC REVIEW / FRACK ON CRACK

There are two ways to know if more wells will be drilled on an already existing padsite in Arlington (gasland) Texas…..

1) If you see/smell/hear & feel ( sick?) drilling activity in your neighborhood

2) Or you can regularly check this city link “Permit Status – Administrative Process”

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Some time ago City Council grew weary of hearing me speak against every gas well up for permit. They really did not enjoy the endless begging of other people asking council not to allow a high impact industrial process into their neighborhoods.

I remember a few years ago, one mam in a wheelchair who couldn’t speak. He had his wife read his letter for him. In that case, they were actually successful in getting the well permit denied…after the vote he was crying real tears of joy….that is forever ingrained on my brain…I am in fight not flight mode and no one can turn me off.

In order for council to have the luxury of not having the gas well permits land on the City Council agenda, they….

1) first had to amend the original Special Use Permit to allow for a “drilling zone”. Establishing the drilling zone officially states how many well heads can fit on the property.

2) If the driller does not have outstanding inspection violations, and once

3) council approves the first well ON the new drilling zone (which both council votes usually happen the same night), then

the rest of the wellheads can be “permitted” by a person sitting behind a desk.

Arlington residents will not have any opportunity for public comment. 

Most will not know until the derrick goes up.

My prediction is that this administrative process WILL come back to haunt them one day.

The FishCreekMonitor.blogspot posted a video from the City Council meeting of 8/19/2014 where attorney-councilman Shepard added weaker language (than the International Fire Code IFC standards) before the final vote to read (I boldfaced for emphasis)….”Where wells exist on a drill site additional wells may [sic] be drilled and drill zones may be established within 300 feet (91440 mm) of buildings with an occupancy in group A, E, or I. If feasible, additional wells shall not be located closer to the buildings than existing wells.”

How convenient that this language allows gas wells to be closer than the recommended IFC standards of 300 feet to occupied structures. This essentially expands the size of a drilling zone to allow for even more gas wells even more closer to people.  Also, his “if feasible” reeks of weak moral character bending over allowing loopholes so the drillers know who is the dominant partner in this nasty act of fracking us. Our city officials continue to try and please the industry at all costs to its citizens health.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>
Cc: “” <>; “” <>; Robert Rivera <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; Brett Shipp <>; “” <>
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 5:06 PM
Subject: on the IFC language adoption did you mean to say MAY NOT?
What you said in the meeting to amend before the final reading was that wells MAY be drilled closer than 300 feet from places where people gather (which is less safe than the IFC standards)…..also this “if feasible” language you also added is yet another loophole for the drillers to do what they want..that would allow for larger drilling zones even closer to people.
This is bad timing in light of more info coming out on birth defects and correlation to well densities to expectant mothers and subsequent birth defects higher risk rates.
Please clarify if you meant to say MAY NOT, thanks. If this is true and the other council members didn’t catch what you were doing…this needs to be fixed. Any Christian leader would know better than to put this activity that close to people.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>
Cc: “” <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 9:54 AM
Subject: Fw: Two newfound water risks related to drilling-the Arlington Bromate connection & COLLOIDS
Dear P&Z this letter is also directed to you as the first line of defense.  In the last gas well ordinance update, existing gas well padsites with already established drilling zones (plus first well approved) now have administrative approval for all future gas well permitts in Arlington with no public comment. Also at the bottom of this blog post is information how recent activity to add International Fire Code language was loopholed by Councilman Shepard as to how close gas wells can be (less than 300 feet). Please be aware of this recent activity.
Also public comment on non-agenda City Council meeting items are no longer being broadcast. As public scrutiny grows against Urban Drilling, Arlington residents have fewer ways to voice public concerns while efforts to drill even closer to people is up for final vote. FYI.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; Buzz Pishkur <>
Cc: “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; Robert Rivera <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>; “” <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 9:19 AM
Subject: Two newfound water risks related to drilling-the Arlington Bromate connection & COLLOIDS
Regarding Urban Drilling Water Quality risks.. Bromide and Colloids (FRACK ON CRACK)
The study appeared this week in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts….
However, the presence of various fatty acid phthalate esters in the Barnett and Marcellus produced waters can be related to their use in drilling fluids and breaker additives rather than their presence in connate fluids. Halogen containing compounds are found in each of the water samples, and although the fluorocarbon compounds identified are used as tracers, the presence of chlorocarbons and organobromides formed as a consequence of using chlorine containing oxidants (to remove bacteria from source water), suggests that industry should concentrate on non-chemical treatments of frac and produced waters.”   
I blogged about seeing bromate showing up in our Arlington Water Quality Reports AFTER Urban Drilling came in (bromate is created when bromide mixes with ozone used for Arlington water purification processes). So bromide can be coming from the drilling phase and the produced water treatment phases.
COLLOIDS going into storm water runoff is another new found hazard as drilling fluid effluents leach out heavy metals from the soil.  I have pictures from the last June’s rain storm that showed the Truman drill site risks to Johnson Creek.
ATTN: City Leaders it is within your power through Home Rule to protect our air and drinking water from high impact industrial activities in the interest of property values and public health risks.  Do not approve any more drilling zones, drill site expansions or SUP’s.
P.S. Regarding Urban Drilling Air Quality risks…
From Journal of Environmental Monitoring… We identify nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOC), ozone, hazardous air pollutants (HAP), and methane as pollutants of concern related to O & NG activities. These pollutants can contribute to air quality concerns and they may be regulated in ambient air, due to human health or climate forcing concerns. Close to well pads, emissions are concentrated and exposure to a wide range of pollutants is possible. Public health protection is improved when emissions are controlled and facilities are located away from where people live.
PSS. If the workers have proven Benzene risk…who is watching out for the people living near Benzene exposures?
You have officially been notified of FOUR good reasons to KILL the Urban Drilling projects in Arlington-thank you for taking the time to read the evidence presented to you for your future decisions as I will post this letter on my blog.
Kim Feil

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 In Arlington adding new gas wells to an existing pad site gets NO PUBLIC REVIEW / FRACK ON CRACK

  1. Whoever is administratively approving these wells should have at least a dozen drilled less than 600 feet from his backdoor.

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