HB40 as the City of Arlington Understands it’s Impact-Unanswered Q’s

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 workedhttp://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.

End update


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 Screen shot 2015-03-30 at 11.40.37 PM

Click to access Natural_Gas_Well_Proposal_020712.pdf

“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.”

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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