From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Cindy Powell <email@example.com>; Cynthia Simmons <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Trey Yelverton <email@example.com>; Lana Wolff <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jim Parajon <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 2:51 PM
Subject: Request for the Mobile Air Monitoring Van in Arlington TX
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.
The only saving grace in comparing these dry gas well pad sites to ours here in the urban drilling Barnett Shale pad sites is that we don’t have dehydrators at our padsites…just separators and lift compressors…(although I do suspect the GM padsite does have dehydrators… and that blows to our Entertainment District).
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.