4 tips to lower Compressor Station Blowdown Emissions – Arlington Pipeline Rep Stuart Young R U Listening?

In Arlington, our gas well inspectors do not inspect our compressor stations because they are of the pipeline division and are a MIDSTREAM operation, yet it can and does affect our air shed.
So whose job is it to make sure Arlington residents are safe?….
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—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Stuart Young <Stuart.Young@arlingtontx.gov>
To: ‘kim feil’ <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 4:13 PM
Subject: RE: Stuart do YOU inspect our Compressor Stations?

Ms. Feil:

Please forgive this late email. You had asked whether I inspect the compressor site in Arlington. I do not. It is operated by Summit Midstream (DFW Midstream).  As I recall, there are 4-6 electric compressors and are fully enclosed. I have been out there, but it has been a while. As I understand it, inspections are conducted by TCEQ and fall within state jurisdiction. My job comes into play when the pipe crosses city rights-of-way and city property. Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Thanks

 


So Mr Stuart doesn’t do the inspections or have any use for these tips to lower emissions…oh well.


The LOW DOWN link to the full story is HERE . The story goes on to post the Notice of Probable Violation in a case where an operator was trying to find a loophole in reporting an emission event from faulty equipment from one operator.
THE LOWDOWN ON GAS COMPRESSOR BLOWDOWN: THE DIRTY TRUTH OF UNREPORTABLE EMISSIONS
that I boldfaced for emphasis to keep this blog short….
“Compressors must periodically be taken off-line for maintenance, operational stand-by, or emergency shut down testing, and as a result, methane may be released to the atmosphere from a number of sources.  When compressor units are shut down, typically the high pressure gas remaining within the compressors and associated piping between  isolation valves is vented to the atmosphere (‘blowdown’) …..  In addition to blowdown emissions, a depressurized system may continue to leak gas from faulty or improperly sealed unit isolation valves.
These pipelines have been protected by the feds under the authority of the Natural Gas Act that has allowed them to operate under the radar of pretty much every environmental law.  As these stations have become closer to the public (or the public coming closer to them by building homes near the pipelines) more attention has been paid on their operations, and noises and blowdown emissions.  
Here are some facts regarding methane losses from compressor stations at natural gas pipelines.
Methane Losses from Compressor Stations
There are currently about 1,650 compressor stations in the U.S. transmission sector;
1.   There are approximately 9,000 compressors inside these stations;
2.   About 50 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per year is lost from compressor fugitives (does not include the lube oil being emitted – and it is sizable);
3.   7.0 Bcf per year is lost from compressor venting
It should be noted that these are the transmission line compressor emission; there are an additional 40,000 compressors in the oil and gas production and processing phase that precedes the transmission/storage state.
The problem we are facing is that the gas compressors are cycled on- and offline to match the fluctuating gas demand.  We have both peak and base load compressors.  The standard practice is to blow down (depressurize) off-line compressors.  On average, one blowdown vents 15 Mcf gas to the atmosphere.  Just to give you a perspective as to why the DOT decided to fine Spectra Energy is that the blowdown at the Maine station provided in the letter below was calculated by Spectra itself to be 70 Mcf – and they refused to reported it, claiming it was a maintenance issue.
We have found that simple changes in operating practices and in the design of blowdown systems can save money and significantly reduce methane emissions by keeping systems fully or partially pressurized during shutdown. Though pressurized systems may also leak from the closed blowdown valve and from reciprocating compressor rod packing, total emissions can be significantly reduced.  
Four options for reducing emissions when taking compressors off-line are available. These include:
1.   Keeping compressors pressurized when off-line.
2.   Connecting blowdown vent lines to the fuel gas system and recovering all, or a portion, of the vented gas to the fuel gas system.
3.   Installing static seals on compressor rod packing.
4.   Installing ejectors on compressor blowdown vent lines.
Keeping compressors fully pressurized when off-line achieves immediate payback—there are no capital costs and emissions are avoided by reducing the net leakage rate.
Routing blowdown vent lines to the fuel gas system or to a lower pressure gas line reduces fuel costs for the compressor or other facility equipment, in addition to avoiding blowdown emissions.
Static seals installed on compression rods eliminate gas leaking back through the rod packing while a compressor is shutdown under pressure.
An ejector uses the discharge of an adjacent compressor as motive to pump blowdown or leaked gas from a shut down compressor into the suction of an operating compressor or a fuel gas system.
Benefits of these practices include fewer bulk gas releases, lower leak rates, and lower most cases of less than a year.”

begin email to Stuart Young…

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Stuart Young <stuart.young@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Collin Gregory <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Saturday, August 8, 2015 2:09 PM
Subject: Stuart do YOU inspect our Compressor Stations?
I need a response please because I found four tips* on how to reduce methane losses at compressor stations. Please tell me if you can find out if any of these are employed?
If you personally do not inspect our Compressor Stations, then who does? 
How Often? 
Can I have access to the inspection reports?
Operators are now having to report their MSS (maintenance, start up and shut down) emissions and so here is the link eCFR — Code of Federal Regulation
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Kim
PS At the Truman Drill there was an emission event they were drilling out the plugs getting the well into production at the end of January in 2013.
When was the pipeline installed to the Truman site, and when did gas start to flow through that pipeline?
Thanks for all the information.
Kim Feil
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Stuart Young <Stuart.Young@arlingtontx.gov>
To: ‘kim feil’ <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:01 AM
Subject: RE: Stuart, what is the status on the pipeline that connects to the Truman/Cowboy Stadium site?
Good morning Kim. Based on my information from the operator, the Truman pipeline connection is not yet complete.
From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:24 AM
To: Stuart Young
Cc: Collin Gregory; Jim Parajon; Bridgett White; Roger Venables
Subject: Stuart, what is the status on the pipeline that connects to the Truman/Cowboy Stadium site?
So were the Truman wells flowed back using Green Completions if the pipeline wasn’t ready?
Ask chesapeake says …..

Arlington: Truman

(Collins and E. Division)

Padsite address: 310 N. Collins St. Arlington, TX
Almost in the shadow of the iconic Cowboys Stadium, the Truman padsite is situated at the corner of Collins and Division streets on the outskirts of Arlington’s busy entertainment district. Like Six Flags over Texas, the Ballpark in Arlington and other area businesses, Chesapeake yields valuable benefits to the city. Through royalties, lease bonuses and tax revenue resulting from natural gas production, the natural gas industry has become a staple in the Arlington economy. We like to think that the cheers and shouts heard from the nearby stadiums and surrounding attractions are due in part to the successful Chesapeake operations in Arlington.
Three wells have been drilled and hydraulically fractured at the Truman padsite. These wells have undergone flowback procedures and are ready to produce gas once the pipeline is completed in early 2013. We anticipate drilling one additional well into the Bobcat unit in late December 2012.
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Julie Wilson <julie.wilson@chk.com>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tue, January 15, 2013 5:10:35 PM
Subject: RE: Julie, need your help in asking your contractor for Truman site near Cowboy Stadium to use natural gas frack technology-less visible diesel plumes-
Kim –
We would love for everything to run on natural gas …  drilling rigs, fracturing crews, 18-wheelers, cherry-pickers, tractors, bulldozers, mail trucks, lawnmowers and, yes, kitchen stoves.  And we’re working hard toward that end!  Unfortunately, all the necessary infrastructure isn’t there just yet, and will not likely be in place by the time the next well at the stadium site is hydraulically fractured.  It isn’t on the schedule yet, so I can’t tell you the timeframe, but I know you keep a close eye on our AskChesapeake Neighborhood Center. When we get it scheduled, we’ll post it there.
Thanks for your interest and ongoing concern for the environment. Have a good day.
Julie
From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:46 AM
To: Julie Wilson
Cc: Bridgett White
Subject: Julie, need your help in asking your contractor for Truman site near Cowboy Stadium to use natural gas frack technology-less visible diesel plumes-
Thank you…I am very confident she will return my call.
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Bridgett White <Bridgett.White@arlingtontx.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: Jim Parajon <Jim.Parajon@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tue, January 15, 2013 10:38:27 AM
Subject: RE: Need your help in contacting Chesapeake for Cowboy Stadium natural gas frack technology available-less visible diesel plumes-
Ms. Feil,
The person to contact at Chesapeake would be Julie Wilson.  She will be able to respond to the questions you have.  She can be reached at 817-502-5656 or Julie.wilson@chk.com.
Bridgett
Bridgett White, AICP
817-459-6660
From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:56 AM
To: Bridgett White; AskChesapeake@chk.com; Barnett@AskChesapeake.com; christine.black@chk.com
Cc: Collin Gregory; Jim Parajon; Jessica Minley; Charlie Parker; Don Jakeway
Subject: Need your help in contacting Chesapeake for Cowboy Stadium natural gas frack technology available-less visible diesel plumes-
Bridgett, the rig is down now at the Truman/Cowboy Stadium site.  Do you know when they plan to frack and which company they use to contract out that frack phase?  I need help in contacting them to see if they will frack with natural gas instead of diesel. Preferably ATMOS gas instead of field gas.
Bahorich said, “This is a real trend and it’s happening now. We’re witnessing a sea change in the industry that will have a great impact not only on how much less oil is imported but also will help keep our air clean.”
I have stressed that Chesapeake can be a leader in how they do urban drilling-  this sounds like a win win in that it is more cost effective to use cheaper NG than diesel…
I don’t want to make another video featuring diesel plumes wafting with the Cowboy Stadium and the city water tower in the back drop like these two…
Thank you Bridgett for helping me with who is in charge of the fracking at the Truman/Cowboy Stadium site.

Kim Feil
https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/

TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”

Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance

No person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation,
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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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