Cement dust plume in Arlington Medical District – 911 refers me to code = FAIL

update 3/24/2016

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Darwin Myers <darwin.myers@txdot.gov>; Richard Williammee <richard.williammee@txdot.gov>; GovDelivery <txdot@service.govdelivery.com>; “asktxdot@txdot.gov” <asktxdot@txdot.gov>; API User <salesforce_api_admin@txdot.gov>; Michael Peters <michael.peters@txdot.gov>
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2016 11:10 AM
Subject: dry cutting cement exposures to employees AND the general public
Over the years Keith Melton has NOT been effective in controlling the City of Arlington contractor’s employees to take precautions when dry cutting cement.
They do not wear protection and they do not use a wet saw in the cases I have documented over the years. Some were txdot contractors and some were the city’s.
Please find this news article to rejuvenate an interest in being protective of public health at a state and local level, by giving 911 dispatch a protocol in handling reports from the public as this IS a public health threat when unfolding and the public should know they SHOULD call 911 when they see silica dust flying around WHICH SHOULD INCLUDE THE SILICA DUST COMING OFF THOSE FRACK SITES, thank you.
Kim Feil




Contractor to install a private communications tower harming public even before the thing is installed!!!


Toxic silica dust lofting across Randal Mill during rush home traffic


Cement dust, frack sand dust, silcia dust…these particulates lodge into the deep part of our lungs and does irreversible damage. These guys were wearing masks..but the public wasn’t.


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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Keith Melton <keith.melton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Self <jim.self@arlingtontx.gov>; “will.johnson@arlingtontx.gov” <will.johnson@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Robert Cluck <robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 9:37 PM
Subject: cement plume in Arlington Medical District
I have video, & pictures of workers dry cutting into cement around 5pm in the Medical District at 121 E Randal Mill next to Family Healthcare Associates. The workers were not using the OSHA mandated wetting down practice. I also have audio of an officer whose sergeant told her to tell me that this is a code enforcement issue, for me to contact code enforcement. Luckily I was able to contact Keith Melton and he jetted out to the job site asap.
In the future if I’m not able to contact Keith, or if it is the weekend, we have to be able to address emergencies and not refer people to another department-that takes time and with each breath, innocent citizens are being exposed to harmful silica dust. I witnessed patients and employees trying to get to their car amid the plumes that crossed over Randal Mill…it was horrible. I coughed for about half hour after that.
We need to make a 911 protocol with the dispatchers on silica dust/plume complaints. We need to dispatch an officer or a fireman to halt operations, find out who is in charge, and tell them to start wetting the work down. Does anybody have a better idea how to protect the public?
Kim Feil
https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, NuisanceNo person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation,
or property.

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From: Will Johnson <Will.Johnson@arlingtontx.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: Leland Strickland <Leland.Strickland@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeffery Petty <Jeffery.Petty@arlingtontx.gov>; Joan Montgomery <Joan.Montgomery@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:51 PM
Subject: Re: cement plume in Arlington Medical District
Hi Kim.  Thank you for your correspondence.  We are happy to review the situation you observed and evaluate the resulting dispatch protocols and field response. I am assigning this concern to the North Police District leadership team.  Please expect to be contacted by them this week.
Thanks again,
Will Johnson

Police Chief

From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 2:22 PM
To: Keith Melton; Russ Greene
Subject: Hi Keith do you have an update on that cement dust exposure event?

I was speaking with District1 Lt Russ Greene from APD and he said that his men would not recognize OSHA violations and also couldn’t promise that they would remind offenders to wet down the cement…so he will be looking to you maybe for ideas on if the wet saw is part of the permitting process?

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Keith Melton <Keith.Melton@arlingtontx.gov>
To: ‘kim feil’ <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>; Russ Greene <Russ.Greene@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 7:49 AM
Subject: RE: Hi Keith do you have an update on that cement dust exposure event?


This was a private communications tower contractor and we did discuss this situation with them and as of yesterday they were following the proper procedures. We can work with APD on this issue and if they see something like a dust plume they can notify us and we will contact the contractor. Even if this is after normal work hours we can still go out the next day talk to the contractor and keep this from  happening again.

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From: Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>
To: ‘kim feil’ <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4:37 PM
Subject: RE: cement plume in Arlington Medical District

Ms. Feil,

From a building inspection perspective, if someone is repairing flatwork on private property, this action would not require a permit or inspection.  If the work is being performed in the City R.O.W., a concrete permit is required and engineering along with Public Works will normally handle any inspections or concerns.


Bridgett White, AICP

Interim Director


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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