Did wafting methane plumes kill 13 yr old Tiffany Phu of Mansfield TX?

July 2016 UPDATE: Its looking more statistically like fracking killed this young girl as an eight year asthma study in the north-east said there are higher exacerbation of asthma rates near fracking related activities.

Thirteen year old Tiffany Phu attended an elementary school that is 1.7 miles from the Mansfield natural Gas Compressor Station which backs up to the MISD Performing Arts Center.   *update  It was reported to me by a Mansfield citizen that this operator has REFUSED TO KEEP RECORDS OF THEIR EMISSION SPEWING ACTIVITIES

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Brookes Wester Middle School’s track and field is also 1,600 feet from a natural gas padsite. Tiffany collapsed on the track at the end of the school day (school ends at 4pm) on 5/14/14 after a two mile run….

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Within a year of Tiffany’s death, Texas Sharon recorded and reported a methane emission event January 29, 2015 at the Compressor Station almost two miles away from Tiffany’s school. Her blog post states…

“The minute we stepped out of the car, we were struck with the unmistakable odor of hydrocarbon fumes. The FLIR camera revealed a substantial release that turned out to be an emergency blowdown. My throat started to swell and burn. We made a complaint to the TCEQ and submitted the video below as part of the complaint.”……

Was there a routine or emergency methane release the day Tiffany died at that compressor station?  Or was the padsite’s storage tanks or well heads 1,600 feet away having an effect on her airshed?  They will tell you that methane rises, but FLIR video show they waft…add a meteorological condition called an inversion, and wafting effluents get pushed to the ground where we breathe. Maybe in Tiffany’s case where she was breathing in very deeply while running track.

Meteorological records show….

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In another Earth Works Oil & Gas Accountability Project video Sharon Wilson speaks of a methane plume she recorded over a two day period at a Marathon Compressor Station in Karns County TX. She reported that a chemist at Texas A&M contacted her about her video as he identified a hydrocarbon spike that coincided with the days (March 6th and 7th 2014) of the emission events that she recorded….TWENTY MILES away.

On the day Tiffany died, the winds were predominately coming from the southeast, based on the Country Meadows Weather Station (see the purple circle)….

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and the two closest gas complexes I showed maps on are northwest of her school. Based on the WunderMap, there were no winds on the morning of Tiffany’s asthmatic event and after lunch the winds did not exceed 3.7 mph. Anything coming of of those two sites would have been billowing out and not moving much.

Just what is southeast of Brooks Middle School?…..

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FYI white dots are pad sites of gas wells southeast of Tiffany’s school.

But the TCEQ Air Monitor tells a very different story on May 14, 2014…it tells the opposite…that the winds were high up to 12 mph and coming from the northwest…

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To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2015 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: PIR 20437 Response
They are supposed to keep records and did not . I was able to get some info . That also cant seem to figure out Lone Star Compressor and Mansfeild Compressor has the same RN # . I been down this road , Yes TEM was called out on not keeping records 2 years ago by TCEQ and they were told to keep those records then and did not . Inline image
On Thursday, February 12, 2015 1:24 PM, kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
yep what I thought. They are not mandated to test or report emissions, but they are supposed to keep on file any upsets in the event they are asked for that data. Of course they are perfect and don’ have upsets.
Sharon, aren’t the MSS rules in effect now and isn’t everybody suppose to know their MSS stuff regardless of how big they are? Or are they grandfathered in from MSS reporting.
Blowdown info planned or unplanned is important. I just blogged about that new study where these unmanned smaller compressor stations account for the big methane losses. 45 were studied and 2 failed and those two made up the majority of the emissions.
I really wanted the Mansfield compressor blowdown schedule to see if they killed Tiffany.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Tammy Glasscock <tammy.glasscock@tceq.texas.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:15 AM
Subject: RE: PIR 20437 Response
Kim, you can file a new PIR for this information. However, I have inquired with current owner and the previous owner and  they had no records to provide to me.
From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:21 PM
To: Tammy Glasscock
Subject: Re: PIR 20437 Response
Can I at least get a record of their planned blow down maintenance for the year?

From: Tammy Glasscock <tammy.glasscock@tceq.texas.gov>
To:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: Alyssa Taylor <alyssa.taylor@tceq.texas.gov>; Marilynn Stubits <marilynn.stubits@tceq.texas.gov>; Emmy Wilson <Emmy.Wilson@Tceq.Texas.Gov>
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:43 AM
Subject: PIR 20437 Response
February 10, 2015
Via E-Mail:  kimfeil@sbcglobal.net
Ms. Kim Feil
       Information on the planned or unplanned blowdowns or emission events/upsets for the month of May 2014
       TCEQ Public Information Request number PIR 15-20437
Dear Ms. Feil: 
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has received your request for information under the Texas Public Information Act.  After reviewing the appropriate resources of the TCEQ, we have been unable to locate any responsive records in the possession of the TCEQ concerning the above referenced site.
If you have any further questions concerning this matter, you may 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   cid:image001.gif@01CF2E29.44AF4DF0    cid:image002.gif@01CF2E29.44AF4DF0     cid:image003.gif@01CF2E29.44AF4DF0    cid:image001.png@01CF7360.ED8736F0
If you would like to comment on my customer service, you can use the following link:
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/customersurvey., or you can contact my supervisor directly at: alyssa.taylor@tceq.texas.gov.

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Now to investigate this other Mansfield student who has lost her vision and longevity hopes to live past the age of thirty…. (I have blogged about how the shale toxins can harm your eyesight)


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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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