Suma air test found outlawed 1,2-Dibromoethane in Pantego TX during flowback

When a (out-lawed by EPA) chemical has a long term threshold of .05 ppb…you know its bad shit.

1,2-Dibromethane (a known carcinogen) was found at the drill sites in Argyle. TCEQ went on the defense and responded here on the NHI Daily “Theoretically, possible sources of EDB at an oil and gas production facility could include vehicular traffic and compressor engines,” Clawson said. “However, because of the reduced usage of leaded gasoline in vehicles and the fact that testing for EDB emissions from compressor engines has only measured trace amounts in some instances, it is unlikely that oil and gas facilities are sources of the EDB observed in air in the Barnett Shale region.”

Here is an audio / transcript where Gulftex admits to using yet another banned chemical, 2BE, as a biocide…so can you trust them?

I remember vividly that morning when I dropped my son off to Arlington Baily Junior High School across the street from the Pantego city line. I witnessed the fog coming off the drill site wafting out of those tanks….I immediately drove to the nearby Arlington fire station on Davis street. With tears in my eyes, I begged them to respond to come out and do reconnaissance but was referred to TCEQ.

The air was later sampled…although it was almost 4:30 pm-(8 hours later from my phone call) by the time they arrived. Of course 8 weeks later the tests came back NO VIOLATIONS found….tell that to the families of the two teachers no longer at Bailey Junior High-one got cancer by the end of the school year, and other died of an aneurysm over the summer.  My son complained of feeling “out of his head” and “hard to concentrate” and at one point felt too weak to climb the stairs to his classes. His pediatrician diagnosed him with asthma that year.

Here is the meteorological conditions when the investigator showed up…

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This link shows the TCEQ air sample Suma Canister result at the (then) Carrizo drill site in Pantego TX on 8/25/11 where 1,2-Dibromoethane was found to be .18 ppb which was over 3.5 times the long term legal limit of .05 ppb.

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Texas Sharon has blogged about the presence of EDB in Argyle...this morning I blogged about how two young men who are best friends, from Argyle BOTH got cancer.

 

EDB breaks down into Bromide.

When Bromide undergoes an ozone treatment (Arlington uses that process as a disinfectant), it turns into Bromate. 

Bromate was found in our municipal water after Urban Drilling came to Arlington.

EDB is both a halogenated hydrocarbon & a brominated alkane. I have blogged about halogens and alkanes/formaldehyde.

Bromides can be formed/found…

1) as by products of municipal water treatments,

2) in drilling muds, and in

3) flowback waste.

Scientists admit chemically treating wastewater has unknown side effects. The term organobromide came up in a report recently that I blogged about called

“FRACK ON CRACK”…

In September of 2014 the Rice University team “also found that produced water contained potentially toxic chlorocarbons and organobromides, most likely formed from interactions between high levels of bacteria in the water and salts or chemical treatments used in fracking fluids.”

So whether the EDB that turns into bromides either through accidental chemical reactions, or by the industry adding EDB (like the example of Gulftex adding 2BE), this grand experiment of using or making chemical monsters in the name of gas extraction is not worth the risk to our air or our watershed. 

So here is my letter I sent-check back for updates..YOU should start sending letters to your local, state and federal representatives too.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: OPENRECS <openrecs@tceq.texas.gov>
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2014 1:31 PM
Subject: PIR request
 
ref ACL 1108086, I need Attachement B AND the field notes cause I want to know the TVA readings, thanks.
Kim
 
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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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