4/17/17 update: In reading a Trinity River Authority Village Creek document, Arlington was reported to have as many as five cotton gins in our town’s early settlement.
I’ve been trying to see what could be in our ground water or mixing in our air that could begin to explain the alleged cancer clusters near Lake Arlington and Martin High School. The first part of this blog is of the ammunitions plants that were in or near Arlington. The second part is about the Handly Power Plant itself and has some historic pics.
Below is the Kennedale ammunitions plant that is three miles south of Lake Arlington and is still in business today.
In the above pic, the red ballon shows the (relocated from Arlington?) Harrisons Jet Guns ammunitions plant at 6915 Hudson Village Creek, Kennedale TX 76060.
Note all those white dots are gas well pad sites where underground laterals literally litter the whole sub-terrain footprint…we even have over 100 laterals UNDERNEATH Lake Arlington.
Here is a closer look at the Kennedale ammunitions plant….
In asking some folks on Facebook about the history of ammunitions manufacturing in Arlington, I received many comments…
One of the first comments mentioned an abandoned building in Ft Worth at Hemphill and I20. But I was more curious about the one in Arlington that used to be on Summer Trail Ct . The comment read...”There was some kind of explosive plant on top of the hill where Summer Trail Ct is today.”
There was also a comment about the one on Bowen Rd too …“There was or still is a plant back off the road on south Bowen rd that made explosives for the oil field perforating buisness”.
Here is a related patent to the business for perf guns…it turns out that Theodore H. Harrison did have a business in Arlington. He opened Jet Research in 1949. His Facebook account says he is co-owner at Harrison Jet Guns.
I blogged about when I met a worker who said they use URANIUM to detonate the perf guns.
In exploring the leads on Facebook, I looked at Summer Trail Ct that is now in the middle of a subdivision…I’m thinking that can’t be good…
Another person commented that he could see the flying sand from the detonations from where he used to live which was north of I20 at Bowen.
Another commenter reinforced the Bowen plant location, he wrote…“The plant was on the property on the west side of Bowen Rd where Bardin Rd now intersects it.”…..
Another FB commenter spoke of YET ANOTHER ammunitions plant …”There was an Ordnance manufacturer on 303 where the hunting stand place is now….I applied for a job after service.”
…….ORDNANCE? ….(not like a Gas Drilling Ordinance)…heres the defination….
So where WAS this “yet another” ammunitions facility???….wait for it…..
Need we go further? Lets count them…
1) Hudson Village Creek, Kennedale TX
2) Hemphill, Ft Worth TX
3) Summer Trail Ct, Arlington TX
4) Bowen near Bardin, Arlington TX
5) 303 north of Lake Arlington TX
OK…lets talk now about the Handly Power Plant and the compressor stations near Lake Arlington….multiple, cumulative toxins are not regulated BTW.
Here is an early 1960’s pic when Handly was under construction…
Below is an uploaded 2008 pic of the Handley Power Plant …you can literally see the VOC’s coming off one of the smokestacks…I blogged about the improvement in their emissions here.
The above picture was posted 24 July 2008 – 01:42 PM Brian Luenser wrote… “Couldn’t resist attaching this pic of the Handley Power Plant. I also have a few old time post cards. Not sure if I have any not already posted here. This photo was taken on Sunday afternoon with my new lens. 400mm plus 2X all times 1.6 as it is a 24mm format camera (Canon Rebel XSi) so 1280mm worth on a pretty sturdy tripod. Taken from my balcony on 34 of the Tower.”
The next picture I took around 2011 on a frigidly cold day…
Below is from the 2008 Lake Arlington Master Plan. It is a statement about Handley’s contribution to the Lake Arlington organic compounds and cautions that the one day snap shot might not be representative of the effulents coming off the power plant into our water shed…
So lets worry about mixing the pollution from the power plant with the emissions venting off the storage tanks of the nearby natural gas compressor station.
TCEQ used a special infrared camera and captured the invisible emissions in the above video. These are hydrocarbons coming off the Lake Arlington Compressor Station’s produced water storage tanks near the Handley Plant.
Before there was Lake Arlington, there was Lake Erie. In the pic below please note the impressive smokestacks of the Handley Plant which was the first outdoor steam generation plant of its kind in the nation. We seem to like the pollution guinea pig thang here in Arlington smokestack (GM) Texas.
If you want the whole TCEQ permitting history of the natural gas compressor station, I blogged about a lot of name changes at “Quicksilver” that sits close to Lake Arlington.
In June of 2010, alarmingly high formaldehyde levels were found (near the Handley Plant) when they tested the air at the Quicksilver Compressor Station….these levels were comparable if not higher than the Houston shipyard channel…ewe!
…and so the pieces of the poisons pound out the pulse of my purpose…if you live in southwest Arlington or by Lake Arlington and you are sick….get away and see if you get better… if its not already too late.