Kelly Canon to the rescue as I didn’t get the footage of my questions that only yielded one answer…that first question being “Does the budget include the $2,400 fee per gas well”? The answer by Chief Crowson was “NO we haven’t been collecting it”.
I asked if we could budget for better air emission detecting equipment for these drill sites and how for the last five years I’ve asked for a FLIR camera. I gave examples after naming off the equipment we currently use (PID’s, 4GasRae, AreaRae, and TVA) which effluents our equipment isn’t capturing like Benzene below 100 ppb, formaldehyde, possibly hydrogen cyanide, and how we don’t screen for fracking chemicals like hydrochloric acid. I asked for spectrometer equipment that speciates the effluents on the spot rather than having the air tests sent to a lab and finding out seven weeks later what the first responders and the neighborhood was breathing.
I also said we need to ramp up our semi annual testing of Lake Arlington for VOC’s and heavy metals because of 50-100 drill casing laterals under our reservoir. I commented that the LABC well control event was explosive to the underground and we don’t know if there was any damage to those casings even though that was a mile away and those laterals are about 7,000 feet deep. I said that the science isn’t settled as to how the faults and fractures may communicate with ground water supplies. To which our City Manager thanked me for the comments and moved on to the next person’s question about the budget. So I left mumbling about how my questions weren’t answered.
Maybe next year we’ll get the proper equipment?