Arlington TX watershed moment 1:46 into vid that Urban Drilling impacts weren’t studied beforehand

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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.

update: I told council on 8/4/15 at the evening session that some of us didn’t get answers (more like excuses instead of answers).
I asked them to view the Q&A video and be aware of our concerns in case the price of Natural Gas goes back up and they want to add 900 more wells here in Arlington…So here below is the questions I posed…..
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mmmm Sargent Crowson evaded answering that “100ft setback” question…..so sad that Councilman Shepard lead the cattle on getting that one approved in our ordinance #LEASTprotectiveSetback!
As usual I will post my letters to council and our water director here for the record….
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:16 AM
Subject: At Arlington sponsored gas well forum “cement rot” came up in the discussion
Hello Mr Pishkur below is an article from WWI…with the last round of Arlington flooding at Lake Arlington (and it being a piping issue on the Ft Worth side) of the sewer breach, I’m not sure how relevant this article is about a product that helps concrete be waterproof, but the subject of cement rot did come up as a concern for gas well casings at the Arlington sponsored gas well forum…no one was able to answer any water quality concern questions. Here is the video in its entirety. It is two hours long but if you can let it run while you work you can then see how and why we fear the worst for eventual long term liveablity issues in Arlington’s Urban Drilling embrace. Collin Gregory may not have passed on those questions to you, but it would be appreciated if the city webpage from the water department had a link covering concerns of having surface and subsurface gaswell infrastructures near/under Lake Arlington.
 
Perhaps a list of what we have started to screen for since the advent of Urban Drilling?
A link to those “passed” test results.
Anything that shows we are not “business as usual” post urban drilling and maybe something that shows pro activeness like…new detectors added-what they screen for etc.
 
Thanks
Kim
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From: Water & Wastewater International <news@wwi-media.com>
To: “kimfeil@sbcglobal.net” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 5:02 AM
Subject: Ras Al Khaimah late starter in Middle East solar desalination race
Water & Wastewater International | View online| August 13, 2015 | Forward to Friend

 END letter to Water Director/City of Arlington


 —– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov” <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Collin Gregory <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Tony Rutigliano <tony@downtownarlington.org>; Roger Venables <roger.venables@arlingtontx.gov>; Stuart Young <stuart.young@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 8:34 AM
Subject: fightn’ HB40 / video of Arlington drilling forum-was not well attended or advertised…but we ALL had a watershed moment
Below McCord comments about how Ed Ireland will help us defeat HB40…I believe Ireland acknowledges and wants the industry to take advantage of how some cities USED Homerule to allow drill sites CLOSER than other cities (aka Arlington violated their 600 ft setbacks with regularity).
Drew Darby vaguely defines a “commercially acceptable setback” by referring to those towns that have had ordinances in place for more than five years where NO impedance to drilling has basically occurred ….that means Dallas’ 1,500 setback gets tossed and Denton’s ban gets tossed…since no one has done any Urban Drilling Health & Environmental impact study prior to allowing Urban Drilling (watershed moment of the video), the cat is out of the bag and it is a feral cat…right now we should expect corners to be cut to save money maintaining these existing drill sites especially while natural gas prices are low.
Low NG gas prices could even force the drillers to contemplate not having to haul off waste water to injection wells which could mean they want to have them at each pad site here in Arlington … Jim Parajon speaks to this subject in this video…a lot of what happens now on HB40 will be relied on the courts to decide what is now commercially feasible (not what is residential reasonable for property owners and innocent renters)...lets keep in mind Perry’s HB 274 “Loser Pays” (attorney fees) laws when things go to court….this may not be a viable idea, but is it possible to keep our (city verses operator) court dealings in JP court/small claims court using a jury of citizens if we only seek to get a ruling on an HB40 matter?
Injection wells at each drill site in Arlington could open pandora’s box for seismic events that are already happening on known fault lines in Irving and in Oklahoma…it is those unknown fault lines that may already be in the process of awakening that we need to let them sleep.
#BuyUp&ShutInAllArlingtonWellsNowBeforeItsTooLate
Kim
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “director@fracdallas.org” <director@fracdallas.org>
To:
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2015 7:56 AM
Subject: Another reason to repeal or overturn HB 40
Dear Friends,

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.

Marc W. McCord, Director
FracDallas
 
 
“We only have one environment. When we destroy it we will become as extinct as the dinosaurs!”
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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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One Response to Arlington TX watershed moment 1:46 into vid that Urban Drilling impacts weren’t studied beforehand

  1. Kim I drove the LABC site today. I have some questions about what I saw. They seemed to be fracking. First there was water from an Arlington hydrant going to the well site. I couldn’t tell if was being metered or not. Second there were several orange pipes leading to some sort of pond. Is this a frack pond or a local surface water pond? Third and most interesting was the water runoff from big sprinklers watering the grass very near the pad site. Is this water contaminated with flowback from the spills? This water was just entering the city sewer on the city street? JUST WONDERING/THIS WAS ABOUT 2;pm Sunday, August 2nd
    Harriet

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