UPDATE: This City of Arlington video is from yesterday, June 16, 2015, and discusses their understanding of the impact of HB40.
What is pathetic is they show a video of Drew Darby in session addressing the Arlington LABC well control frack fluid spill event of April 11 & 12th 2015. Darby remarkably says of the emergency response plan and dealings of the driller to call in Boots & Coots…. “it worked” http://arlingtontx.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1767&meta_id=208912….but if it worked so fracking “well”, then take that 43,000 gallons of frack fluid out of our storm drain will ya?
And about that March 10th fluid spill at the same site, different well a month earlier…we want that 50 bbl spill to have never occurred too…OK these are residential areas WITH ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ACCIDENTS .
Q 1. Does HB40 now allow the drillers to say its commercially reasonable to have injection wells on site so the trucks don’t have to show up each day and empty the storage tanks?
Q 2. Does HB40 now allow the drillers to say its commercially reasonable to have non electric compressor stations?
Q 3. Does HB40 now forbid the City of Arlington to charge a $2,400 per well fee to fund our emergency response efforts?…Or is it reasonable to say that if there is a mishap (like in the $84,000 LABC spill event), that the city can’t reasonably expect the driller to refund the city “and” pay into a $2,400 per well fee program?
In the video, there was concern that HB40 might try to trump The International Fire Code IFC (which in my opinion is the least protective of the public’s health…it is a mere starting point)….Since the IFC distance for storage tanks (explosive contents containers) is ONLY at least 100 ft away from a structure….that is one mother-fracking big-whoop! No wonder we keep winning the KABOOM award-how prophetic is that?
Councilman Bennett, to acknowledge that the public has a ZERO TOLERANCE for urban drilling accidents is like saying…I’m just a little pregnant. Councilman Rivera expressed a similar concern that the drillers couldn’t control the well….I say that the fact that businesses like the Boots & Coots well recovery teams even exist..is the main reason that we should’ve NEVER allowed Urban Drilling in Arlington in the first fracking place.
Here are the last round of gas well ordinance changes in Arlington…at some point HB40 was to ignore the most recent five year updates…the understanding is that if the drilelrs were already compliant to our ordinance and it hasn’t been thwarting gas production then it “should” be fine to expect they can still try to enforce their ordinance… #notTrustingTheFrackersWillCutCorners&ChallengeThings2SaveMoney
“On November 15, 2011, City Council approved first reading of the ordinance by a vote of 6-2-0 with the following provisions:
· Allow the specific use permit and gas well permit to move concurrently through the review process so that one public hearing on both applications can be held.
· Require submittal of the Railroad Commission of Texas permit prior to issuance of City permit instead of as part of permit application.
· Prohibit use of diesel rigs (and require use of electric rigs) within 450 feet of protected use, and allow administrator flexibility to authorize the use of alternative rigs if extenuating circumstances exist.
· Remove Lake Arlington from the definition of protected use and state in ordinance that drilling is prohibited within 600 feet of the lake.
· Remove language about platting until changes to the subdivision ordinance are completed.
· Change removal period for sound walls from 30 days to 60 days with the ability to request an extension of time from the Inspector.
· Remove City-owned real property from the calculation of the 70 percent consent needed for reductions in setbacks.
· Require masonry walls around the entire compressor station site, with City Council discretion to change this requirement based on surrounding uses.”