Wanted-Citizen Designated Red Button Pusher in #fracking Emergencies

May 2015 UPDATE  Great now we add wind direction to the LIST of things that can hamper vehicles getting to a padsite or compressor station.…the trucks need to get to each site daily to evacuate the produced water from the storage tanks or risk them overflowing if the padsite is not equipped with an offsite auto shut off system and even then those auto systems have failed in at least 3 urban drilling emergency events that I am aware of…Fulson Site, Pappy Elkins, & Ederville padsites.

Last week at a town hall meeting I asked our fire chief if there is a major emergency, like a big earthquake, or tornado, or icy road conditions where emergency vehicles cannot get to a drill site that you can hear gas escaping from if maybe one citizen in each neighborhood could be appointed to be trained to know where the red button is to go onsite and shut down the wells. I was told that citizens cannot do that and to call 911. David Cozad, who is running against Joe Barton, chimed in that the drillers can sue you for criminal trespass. My take away is that ER cannot be everywhere should a disaster strike and if you heroically save your neighborhood so be it you get sued-make that your call…otherwise if you hear gas escaping (jet engine sound) don’t use your cell phone or start your car, just evacuate on foot and try to know which neighbors cannot evacuate and try to help them too.

If official personnel cannot get to a drill site spilling or spewing, and if remote/offsite shut-in electronics fail….isn’t it up to the homeowner to try to minimize trespass of toxic effulents to their property that risks their family’s health?
Here are all good reasons urban drilling towns need  *TRAINED citizen volunteers to hit the red button if need be….
1)Earthquakes (yep we’ve started having them)
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…this is Arlington Virginia not Arlington Texas that is quake ready or should I say frackquake ready..

2) Frigid temps, (like the Ederville drill site had-when the red button didn’t work all the way)

3) Bad storms (like the one we had last Thursday by the Cowboy Stadium drill site  & like the simultaneous events in 2011 where two drill sites in Arlington had spewing gas wells that took hours to resolve)
4) Terrorist events tying up our EMS resources &
6) Bio-epidemic events (like Ebola) that could upset the economy and gas well site attendants, truck drivers etc.. stop working.
7) Sinkholes
8) If an active fire is on a padsite and the wind is blowing in the wrong direction which presents a threat to emergency personnell..
9) Forest fire

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Last December I asked for this...hey people how bout’ helping me contact these officials if you agree this training is necessary?

Regis the cat says “I ain’t afraid to hit the red button if my fireman can’t get to my spewing drill site”

Even Barnett Shale spokesperson, Ed Ireland , says* its simple to push a well ER shut in (red) button….“Most of these producing sites within cities have what’s called ‘the big red button.’ And that’s the training: You enter the site and push the button”. 
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “tiara.richard@arlingtontx.gov” <tiara.richard@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2014 11:15 AM
Subject: Fw: Next year can National Night Out AFD…
National Night Out can be even more informative if they have conversations and maybe even hands on training…. I have repeatedly asked for neighborhood captain training (with ZERO response) on how to enter a drill site and hit the red button to shut off the spewing wells or overflowing produced water storage tanks in the event that roads or personnel cannot get to a well site in the neighborhoods due to either impassable roads or tied up with other emergencies like during the Oct 2 storm-they couldn’t be everywhere…
Please have SOMEONE from the city respond, thanks.

Kim Feil

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov” <don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov>; “jay.white@arlingtontx.gov” <jay.white@arlingtontx.gov>; “trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov” <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay Doegey <Jay.Doegey@arlingtontx.gov>; “don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov” <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; “jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov” <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; “fbi.dallas@ic.fbi.gov” <fbi.dallas@ic.fbi.gov>
Cc: “AskChesapeake@chk.com” <AskChesapeake@chk.com>; David P. Poole <dpoole@rangeresources.com>; “brett.wiggs@dfwmidstream.com” <brett.wiggs@dfwmidstream.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 11:35 AM
Subject: Re: followup request…Don, how feasible is this homeowner training in manual well shut in in ER event?
Don J last night at the Red light meeting you confirmed you were getting my emails…can U help me get Don C or Jim P to respond?…the bad weather we had last week had the UTA site and the ATT Stadium/Truman gas well site in the straight line winds microburst path. That was very troubling to have happen at these two sites near my home…I’m not aware of any storm drill site damages and didn’t hear any spewing…but this reenforces my point that we need to ensure that general citizens can and need to be trained to hit the red button at drill sites if the driller or the AFD cannot make it to the sites in our neighborhoods.
Last Friday I inspected the AutoZone damages near the Truman site and smelled a strong gassy smell…but then again the winds were coming from the north and it may be the normal odor as it was that strong when I checked on the Truman site after the flooding. 
Earthquakes, frigid temps, bad storms, terrorist events at other locales tying up our EMS resources are all good reasons urban drilling needs citizen volunteers to hit the red button if need be.
Please have someone in charge of gas well emergencies respond on this request. 
WE NEED DESIGNATED NEIGHBORHOOD RED BUTTON PUSHERS TRAINED TO SHUT IN GASWELLS IF YOU GUYS CAN’T MAKE IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After the 10/2/14 storm it was reported that dd’s Discounts just north of the stadium had ATMOS gas fill the store and an ER response was needed there…so lets be real about what a storm can do to piping infrastructures.
Kim Feil
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov” <don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov>; “jay.white@arlingtontx.gov” <jay.white@arlingtontx.gov>; “trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov” <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay Doegey <Jay.Doegey@arlingtontx.gov>; “don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov” <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; “jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov” <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; “fbi.dallas@ic.fbi.gov” <fbi.dallas@ic.fbi.gov>
Cc: “AskChesapeake@chk.com” <AskChesapeake@chk.com>; David P. Poole <dpoole@rangeresources.com>; “brett.wiggs@dfwmidstream.com” <brett.wiggs@dfwmidstream.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 5, 2013 8:29 AM
Subject: Don, how feasible is this homeowner training in manual well shut in in ER event?
I truly believe if the roads ice up and our fire dept specialist division gas well response vehicles cannot get to the site or heaven forbid multiple sites (or phone lines/power is down/communication is hampered), that a designated nearby homeowner should be instructed how to go to the gaswell site and know where to find and push the red, manual shut down button in the event of spillage or gas release. How do-able is this training in a pinch?
Kim Feil

*I believe some of what training community volunteers involve…

1) identifying healthy people living close by to be physically able to get to the site on foot (not a car) with cell phone turned off to avoid static fires.
2) knowing that fire department is not reachable (ie 911 down, roads impassable, spewing needs containment asap)
3) knowing where the red button is
4) calling driller and the city alerting them of citizen manual shut down in ER situation

  • update…. the woman interviewed in this article was trapped in her home this morning with the ice storm when the well spewed gasses….again…good news is the red button worked this time around.
  • Kim Triolo Feil · Top Commenter · Works at MYtoeSPACEpillow

    The reporter forgot to mention that the April 2011 Arlington event conincided with another drill site spewing on the other side of town on the DWG line, yet the people affected or calling in to 911 were from the Arlington side.
  • Kim Triolo Feil · Sorry but I count almost 40 events for the DFW area that I know about (I would know more if the city didn’t want to charge me over $200 to find out)….these include foul rotten egg odors and other type releases and spills (like into Lake Arlington our drinking water source) or truck fracking traffic related spills from hurried or sleepy drivers (one child was accidently struck and killed)…but no blow out yet. Ice ice storm baby…get ready….hope the red button works if the icey roads let the experts get to it….co-existing with gas wells = risk-isting. Oh please don’t get me started on those viagra related lift compressors at alot of these sites….hope the electricity stays on or an emergency shut down will release raw gases and BTEX into the airshed or into the storage tanks where they just invisibly vent…but if you want to see what an infrared camera uncovers on those storage tanks look at the video entitled “Lake Arlington Natural Gas Storage Tanks Infrared FLIR camera reveals toxins constantly spewing”….no wonder why people say there is a cancer cluster near Marin Highschool and the Lake Arlington area.

  • Kim Triolo Feil · 

    she is lucky her cell phone or starting her car to evacuate didn’t blow her or the neighborhood up
  • Rusty Shackelford · 

    28? Roughly four per year in one single city does not make it an uncommon occurrence at all. That’s one every three months, just in Fort Worth.

    Those are my neighbors and yours that are having to deal with this. Uncommon my……

    • Kim Triolo Feil ·

      Rusty I have been keeping count of the ones I find out about….we ought to share notes….the open records requests are rather expensive
  • Fish Creek Monitor

    The FWST reports, “Arlington said it responded to one leak this year.”

    Perhaps they forgot about these:

    In addition, we saw Fire Chief Crowson provide testimony during the Texas 83rd Legislative Session. He mentioned that Arlington dispatched emergency crews to gas drill sites MANY times. (Don’t remember the exact number but if those hearings are archived, his statement should be there.)

    It is disappointing when the the major newspaper in our area doesn’t get their facts straight. Gas drilling IS dangerous. Leaks are NOT uncommon, and it’s going to get a lot worse ~ especially as the infrastructure ages and corrodes.

    • Kim Triolo Feil · 

      From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
      To: charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov
      Cc: jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov;
      Sent: Mon, June 3, 2013 8:41:08 AM
      Subject: Need your assistance on open records chargeCharlie, as you may know by now my family is paying medical bills for my husband’s cancer treatments.
      I did an open records request for 2011 and 2012 gaswell related dispatch records from the fire department because Sargent Crowsen was quoted as appearing in Austin saying that already this year we’ve had 20 dispatch calls to the padsites.
      As this industry taxes our airshed, defaces our town, taxes our ER resources, as a concerned City Council member, could you on my behalf do a full inquisition and post these on your webpage or email them to me so that I can make this public info?
    • Kim Triolo Feil · 

      Of course no reply as usual from my incompetent council person.
  • Fish Creek Monitor

    NOT uncommon. We understand there was another incident of a gas release at that Chesapeake operated Ederville Gas Drill site at around 5:30 this morning. It is unfortunate that residents could not evacuate due to the icy roads.
  • Jake Laird

    Does anyone else think it’s kind of wrong that cities are having to pay for extra responders in case of well site emergencies? The oil companies should be keeping an emergency staff of their own on site.

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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