The city of Arlington hosted a one sided, profracking discussion panel on “urban drilling” (fracking). Viewers of this video are invited to comment on how unsuccessful they made us feel that our health, well being, and property values were NOT considered when council allowed a Special Use Permit to give preferential treatment to the drilling industry in our neighborhoods.
Thanks to Kelly Canon for the video. She will be challenging the council representative, Charlie Parker (aka SHORT FUSE rep who doesn’t respond to my concerns), who I ran against a few years ago…Kelly has MY vote!!
In this video Sargent Crowsen talks about the emergency Red Button
In this video the TCEQ PR gal admits that doctors are hesitant to make a health connection to drilling exposures.
In this video I ask what part of the regulatory system failed when the Truman Odor Event happened in the Entertainment District.
Specifically go to 1:46 into the video for the watershed moment where it is admitted that NOBODY studied the effects that Urban Drilling could have PRIOR to allowing it….and then listen to the applause on the question posed at 1:50:50 “How do you live with yourself knowing you are killing citizens and the earth as well as democracy?”
At 2:10:10 it is pointed out that we may NOT be able to keep out injection wells at each of these padsites (to risk frack quakes)….oops……”commercially reasonable” may mean one day that they don’t want to pay to truck off the toxic waste water.
At 2:13:20 I ask why TCEQ doesn’t test for formaldehyde on their suma canisters (I already knew that formaldehyde is too corrosive for the canister)..
One of them was asking if the city’s 100ft requirement that a structure be at least 100 feet away from the storage tanks was safe…..per the International Fire Code. The quick answer I have is garnered from this sciencedirect.com Barnett Shale report is a resounding NO cause… “Additionally the DRI investigators found that air concentrations dropped off quickly with distance from a source as evident by the observation that concentrations of emissions from a condensate tank decreased to near background levels at a distance of approximately 100 m (328 feet).”
No one knows where the fallout occurs cause it changes depending on the weather….it blows away-it doesn’t just go away…come on!
So what does high ranking AISD official, Cindy Powell, have to say about the drill sites next to the schools?….listen here….
So the schools looked
to the City of Arlington‘s (gas well ordinance) to be protective of public health,
and the city bummed/copied Ft Worth’s gas well ordinance (for the most part) and
Ft Worth is said to have let the drillers write their ordinance (commercially reasonable ya know)…and
TCEQ’s job is to conduct air quality investigations (not write the rules) and
the RRC says they only regulate the subsurface (not write the rules), and
since both state entities admit to not doing any health & environmental impact studies PRIOR to allowing the concept of Urban Drilling in our neighborhoods…
and OSHA only acts to regulate the worker’s health, and the
State Department of Health isn’t looking at fracking’s impact to Texans,
then who is?
NOBODY….even at the City of Arlington Planning & Zoning level I was present to speak at a few of their meetings, and the board members were instructed to only vote regarding land use…to not consider any questions of public safety as that is the states purview.
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Subject: fightn’ HB40 / video of Arlington drilling forum-was not well attended or advertised…but we ALL had a watershed moment
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Subject: Another reason to repeal or overturn HB 40
Here is the hypocrisy of HB 40 and the oil and gas industry that wrote it:
Legislators claimed that HB 40 was necessary to give “regulatory certainty” and eliminate the “patchwork of regulations” among the several cities of the Barnett Shale play in order to allow development of minerals (oil and gas) in a fair and balanced way. But, two particular examples of what a lie that was are (1) the fact that over 20,000 gas wells alone were drilled in just the Barnett, let alone the other shale plays in Texas, under that “patchwork of regulations” that did nothing to impede the oil and gas industry in its quest for profits, and (2) acknowledging that some cities with ordinances in place for more than 5 years had 1,000 foot setbacks that would be statutorily legal under HB 40, and wanting to reduce setbacks to 300 feet or less in other cities, Ed Ireland of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council told the Denton City Council last week that it is reasonably prudent to have different setbacks in some places than others due to local circumstances, which is precisely what happened prior to passage of HB 40.
The oil and gas industry is so accustomed to lying that they don’t even see it when they contradict themselves. I can guarantee you that Mr. Ireland and his industry have not heard the last of this matter. Ireland provided the very testimony needed to refute HB 40 legally by publicly stating that a “patchwork of regulations” IS appropriate in some cases depending on local circumstances. That is what we have been saying all along.