911 call during Chesapeake Odor Event/City of Arlington on suma canister preparedness

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Roger Venables <roger.venables@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; “jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov” <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Collin Gregory <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Maria Carbajal <maria.carbajal@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:08 PM
Subject: TCEQ canister should be kept w/AFD on gas well dispatch calls to get a timely reading in ppb
Not sure even a 2 hr response is adequate…TCEQ rep, Wessel, once told me that the fire dept can keep a canister with them, just every month to every 45 days they need to get a fresh one.
Sargent Crowsen said that (keeping a suma canister on hand w/city) was a housekeeping thing not an ER response thing…I disagree.
Even if the the city gas well inspectors keep the canister, that might get a more prompt response than TCEQ (except during weekends and nights when gas well inspectors are not on duty)…Compressor unit blow down events can be over with within two hours…. we WANT a suma reading at the right place/time for example to catch them in a blow down maintenance event…we need to know what is coming off these sites once a month? per compressor engine.
When a gas well emergency is in progress, we want the most sensitive sample available to us…especially of the aldehyde nature which even the suma doesn’t capture.
I would like to meet to discuss what equipment our AFD & gas well inspectors are using for gas well dispatches to include model numbers and to what calibrations/constituents that are being screened for, please let me know if I can get this information, thanks.
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From: Jaret Wessel <jaret.wessel@tceq.texas.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:24 AM
Subject: RE: acl 110242 when did complaint come in verses suma canister date of sample?
The complaint was received on 2/16/11 at 10:03 AM and the canister sample was collected on 2/16/11 at 12:07 PM.
From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:29 AM
To: Tammy Glasscock
Subject: acl 110242 when did complaint come in verses suma canister date of sample?
Re: acl 110242 near Fannin Farms drill site when did complaint come in verses suma canister date of sample?

fannin farm health effect

end update

Here is a link to see Barnett Shale air test suma canister results by city.
Here is a link to another one of my PIR 911 calls during a gas well release.
On January 31 2013 a 911 call came in from a resident at the Collins Street Apartments in our Entertainment District….. the month before that I was trying to get the city to have these suma canister air testers handy….
TCEQ has like a 10-12 hour response goal when a resident has an odor complaint to come out and see if an air test is needed.
This response time can take even longer (up to 24 hours?) if you drive by a site and report a foul odor.
The logical thing to do is equip the 911 first responders with a suma canister air test so its handy in a pinch.
I’m not aware that our city drilling inspectors work nights, weekends or holidays to be available to fetch a suma air test canister in the midst of an emission event in progress.
Those suma canisters are located in the TCEQ Ft Worth office.
TCEQ wrote on a field note document dated in Dec of 2012 that they left the City of Arlington a suma canister FOR FUTURE USE. The 2012 incident at this same site was when they were responding to a different gas well related complaint near the ATT Stadium and my home.
A year later our city gas well department supervisor says otherwise….(I boldfaced the response for emphasis).
From: Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>
To: ‘kim feil’ <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>

Sent: Monday, December 9, 2013 12:48 PM
Subject: RE: Follow up on if suma canisters reside handy for our Arlington gas well investigators
Ms. Feil,
The City of Arlington does not keep summa canisters on hand. The TCEQ, as the regulating entity over air quality/sampling, has a team on call.  The City of Arlington’s inspector is capable of taking summa samples but only at the request of the TCEQ.  When requested by the regulating authority to aid in sample collection, the City of Arlington’s inspector then acquires a summa from the TCEQ to take an on-demand sample.
Bridgett White, AICP
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>

Sent: Monday, December 9, 2013 1:12 PM
Subject: Re: Follow up on if suma canisters reside handy for our Arlington gas well investigators
That wastes time in this “communicate and then fetch a canister” scenerio you just described...and that is exactly why the local and state gov is working to NOT capture an emission event while it is happening …better to wait and let it all dissipate?
A few years ago Brian Yerkes from the TCEQ once told me that it was possible to have the city hang on to a canister…in fact I’ve been given a couple of canisters over the years to take a sample “when” I’m smelling the local paint shops.
Sure the canisters have to be swapped out every 6 weeks or so, but hey…this is all about public protections…but that is not what our inspectors are about?
When we were working on our gaswell ordinance, there was talk of the city hiring their own air testers, but we are too cheap to spring for any for that (or infrared cameras)…..why not accept a free canister from the TCEQ if they still can do this?
Precious time wasted=information needed for public safety in future matters that council needs to decide on related to urban drilling. Please give them the tools they need to walk their talk of being protective to the public’s health.

From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 1:09 PM
To: Jessica Minley; Bridgett White
Cc: Don Crowson; Trey Yelverton; Don Jakeway
Subject: Follow up on if suma canisters reside handy for our Arlington gas well investigators
On Dec 3 2012, Jessica Minely contacted the TCEQ to airtest the Truman site by the stadium because of a citizen complaint that the flowback fumes were killing them.
TCEQ responded to test on Dec 4 with notes to leave suma canisters with our City Inspectors….my question is if we are keeping TCEQ canisters on hand in the event that they need to respond to another gas well odor complaint?
I have asked for our fire dept to keep these suma canisters handy, but was told by Don Crowsen that was houskeeping task not for the fire dept.
Since the city gets gas well cash but doesn’t spend it on air testing, the least you can do is keep canisters on hand that do not cost the city anything.  These canisters have to be updated every 4-6 months but having them is more important than the trouble to keep swapping them out.
Please let me know if we have canisters on hand and will they be available on nights and weekends and holidays when the inspectors are not working?
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From: Tammy Glasscock <Tammy.Glasscock@tceq.texas.gov>
To: “kimfeil@sbcglobal.net” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: Marilynn Stubits <marilynn.stubits@tceq.texas.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:40 AM
Subject: PIR 14440 Response
December 4, 2013
Via E-Mail:  kimfeil@sbcglobal.net
Ms. Kim Feil
Re: incident report (if any) AND field notes for canister #00270 for ACL#1212007 for the Chesapeake Truman site in Arlington TX.
TCEQ Public Information Request number PIR# 14440
Dear Ms. Feil:
Thank you for your Public Information Request dated November 22, 2013 and received by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on November 25, 2013.  Upon review of TCEQ documents, files have been located in connection with your request.
The public records responsive to your request are less than 50 pages and are attached at no charge.  If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact me.
Tammy Glasscock TCEQ DFW Region| Executive Assistant| 2309 Gravel Dr | Fort Worth, TX
(: (817) 588-5835 Fax: (817) 588-5704| *Tammy.Glasscock@tceq.texas.gov
IMG_2431The TCEQ field notes read at bottom “Met w/the complainant (Jessica Minley, City of Arlington Gaswell Inspector), gave suma for future use.”
Why then did Jessica’s supervior, Bridgette White say they do NOT have sumas handy? Do they or don’t they?


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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov” <robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; “robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov” <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; “lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov” <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; “jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov” <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; “michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov” <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; “charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov” <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; “sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov” <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; “kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov” <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; “don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov” <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; “jay.white@arlingtontx.gov” <jay.white@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>; “collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov” <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; Maria Carbajal <Maria.Carbajal@arlingtontx.gov>; “jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov” <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; “don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov” <don.jakeway@arlingtontx.gov>; “trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov” <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; “cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov” <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 1:20 PM
Subject: Will city inspectors have FREE TCEQ provided suma canister handy for first responders to gaswell events?
Don Crowson has called air testing a housekeeping task not for his department…I still disagree.
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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