VOC study averaged 17 ppb Benzene in dry gas wells 300 ft away in Utah


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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “aqp@tceq.texas.gov” <aqp@tceq.texas.gov>
Cc: Cindy Powell <cpowell@aisd.net>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 2:51 PM
Subject: Request for the Mobile Air Monitoring Van in Arlington TX
Please let me know who is responsible for scheduling the Mobile Monitoring Van as we have gas wells near my home and my nose bleeds are getting worse.
Dr Epstein presented information recently about a monitoring van uncovering in the dry gas area of Utah high benzene…I’m really worried also about formaldehyde too.
VOC study averaged 17 ppb Benzene in dry gas wells 300 ft away in Utah
Please help schedule a time for the van to be deployed to our area, thank you.
Kim Feil


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Read it and weep.… the name of the peer reviewed study is….

Volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and natural gas industry in the Uintah Basin, Utah: oil and gas well pad emissions compared to ambient air composition”

A mobile air monitoring van was used in this sampling and we have one of those in Austin…I have asked in the past to have them ride around Arlington, but with no such luck…now I will ask other groups to bug them for this ride-by-readings-tricked-out-van to tell us what we breathe driving next to these padsites.

Saturday I attended the first annual Roots and Branch Conference by Downwinders and Dr Anne Epstein gave a presentation that included this study. I am putting hard copies of her presentation in each of our City Councilperson’s in box and try to get a copy to our city health officer, Cynthia Simmons…not that she ever responded on any of my gas drilling concerns.

The chart below is entitled C. Warneke et al.: Volatile organic compound emissions.


Some statements I thought you should read in case you don’t review the study….

pg 9 “Methanol is used as an anti-freeze and anti-coagulant, injected into pipelines and down the wellbore and, as a result, very high mixing ratios, often over 100 ppbv, were observed at many of the oil and gas well pads and at many of the other point sources”.

pg 11 “Other point sources, such as a flowback pond from a recently hydraulically refractured well and evaporation ponds, were also found to be large VOC emission sources”.

Arlington doesn’t have flowback ponds (we just have freshwater ponds)… B U T…when we flowback…we do so in OPEN HATCH flowback tanks and we see the steamy, hydrocarbon ladened VOC’s coming off those tanks.  If only our ordinance mandated closed, pressurized flowback tanks.

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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