Urban Drilling correlates w/almost TRIPLE TTHM in Arlington TX drink’n water + 2009 anomaly (spill ?)

Total Trihalomethanes are the unwanted byproduct of disinfecting polluted water.

TTHM has no federal guideline for a margin of safety in a MCLG. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal assures us that below a certain level there is no known or expected risk to health.

Trihalomethanes aren’t found in drilling wastewater, but there can be a link. The waste stream often contains bromide, a salt, which reacts with chlorine disinfectants used by drinking water systems to kill microbes. That interaction creates trihalomethanes.

The EPA says people who drink water with elevated levels of trihalomethanes for many years have an increased risk of getting cancer and could also develop problems of the liver, kidney or central nervous system”.

In 2009 Arlington TX had a spike where TTHM’s went as high as 26 ppb. While still under the 80 ppb MCL (maximum containment level), this was a dramatic departure from the second highest max of 16.3 ppb in 2010.

The good news for 2009 was that the average was 14.7 ppb, so the spike did not persist the whole year, but the overall range in TTHM’s have almost TRIPLED since we embraced Urban Drilling.

Note *Ft Worth’s TTHM’s have been chronically averaging about 45 ppb and have finally started dropping in 2012 which correlates to the reduced drilling in the Barnett Shale.

Impressively compared to Ft Worth, Arlington’s TTHM were low. In averaging the range from 2003-2006, the TTHM’s had a range of 4.4 – 5.8 ppb. So that averages to 5 ppb in PREDRILLING. But since drilling….

              Postdrilling  2007 our AVERAGE TTHM’s  =  8.1 ppb
                                       2008                                                 10.2 ppb
                                        2009                                                 14.7 ppb  max 26 ppb
                                        2010                                                  15.9 ppb
                                         2011                                                 13.9 ppb
                                         2012                                                 13.6 ppb
                                         2013                                                 12.4 ppb
                                         2014                                                 14.4 ppb

The change was an increase in TTHM’s by a factor 2.6 or 160% increase in Arlington’s drinking water.

At the very least our water reports should be broken down into two reports as we have two treatment plants.

At the very best, Arlington residents should be able to view a report online and when hovering over a field, the link to the raw data should be accessible.

We need access to transparent, usable information such as which water treatment plant was involved and the duration of the spike event.

I am willing to bet that the Arlington water treatment plant that had the spike in 2009 came from Lake Arlington  which is home to many drill sites on the lake’s edge on the Ft Worth side. Was the spike in TTHM related to an unreported fracking spill that was bigger than the 2010 spill in Lake Arlington ?

Here is a cut & paste from our 2014 City of Arlington Drinking Water Quality Report that I boldfaced items of interest…

“The water in Arlington is treated at two state of the art water treatment plants. Ozone is used as the primary disinfectant. Aluminum sulfate and a cationic polymer are added to help dirt and other particles clump together and settle out during treatment. The water is then filtered through granular activated carbon beds to remove smaller particles and substances that are dissolved in the water. The water is then chloraminated (treated with chlorine and then ammonia) as it enters the clearwell for storage. Chloramine is the secondary disinfectant that keeps the water safe on its way to your faucet”.

Here is an article about a fracking waste water study that showed that Barium & Strontium doubled in Ernst’s aquifer in Canada and claims the confirmation that drilling related waste water causes cancer.

http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/new-study-confirms-fracking-wastewater-is-cancer-causing-barium-and-strontium-were-elevated-in-frac-flowback-water-exposed-cells-encana-and-alberta-government-testing-showed-barium-strontium-d…… “ ‘Malignant human cell transformation of Marcellus Shale gas drilling flow back water,’ is the first study of its kind to confirm widely held suspicions concerning the carcinogenicity of fracking pollution”.

I did blog and contacted our city about seeing bromate start to appear in our Arlington drinking water reports in 2007 when we started drilling. Bromide is in drilling mud and turns into Bromate, a disinfectant by product.

And here is my most recent letter to our city and university leaders on the subject of water quality precautions since we NOW live in a drilling town.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Kevin A. Schug <kschug@uta.edu>
Cc: Zacariah Hildenbrand <zac@informenv.com>; Desiree Plata <desiree.plata@yale.edu>; Jim Platt <jim.platt@halliburton.com>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>
Sent: Friday, January 8, 2016 12:08 PM
Subject: How can UTArlington help w/treat&release risks that enhance disinfection byproducts to our drinking water?
Mr Schug, as more injection wells are shut down or reduced in volumes for produced water disposal from the oil & gas industry in Oklahoma, I am hoping we can be ready in the event that more seismicitiy begins to occur here in Texas.
Limiting injection wells or *above ground storage pits of produced waste water could cause an interest in more private, drilling related recycling waste water companies to pop up and worsen/complicate the toxicity of waters that can be legally discharged west of the 98th meridian that could affect our drinking water supplies.
Several days ago a 23 year old died in Midland mixing chemicals for a company that recycles oil & gas waste water…we need at the very least for the industry to understand that the use of NON-chemical treatments is advised….we need to push for new laws that prohibit the use of chemicals to treat industrial waste waters.
How can UT Arlington be of service in any or all of these aspects?
Here is some RRC permitting information & correspondence with the EPA on this topic of permitting the release of treated oil & gas waste waters where allowed…
*above ground waste water holding pits are not allowed in Urban Drilling areas but HB40 could challenge that as cities can regulate “only surface activity that is incident to an oil and gas operation” but only if the city ordinance “permits a reasonably prudent operator to fully, effectively, and economically exploit, develop, produce, process, and transport oil and gas.”
At some point we could be forced to let them use the most economical disposal of waste fluids and need to be ready with protective laws to reduce the load on what our municipal drinking water plants can treat.

 

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; “wamitch@stanford.edu” <wamitch@stanford.edu>; Jenny Narvaez <jnarvaez@nctcog.org>
Sent: Friday, January 8, 2016 11:31 AM
Subject: scientists find in northeast enhanced disinfection byproducts – we need Barnett Shale study/recommendations

 

Please comment on if you can get NCTCOG to work on this, thanks.

 

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es5028184

Enhanced Formation of Disinfection Byproducts in Shale Gas Wastewater-Impacted Drinking Water Supplies

 

—–end love letters——begin Work IN Process Arlington collection of drinking water quality reports no longer available online and no longer being mailed to Arlington residents—————-

2003 http://www.arlington-tx.gov/water/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/05/2004-Water-Bill-Inserts.pdf

2004  http://www.arlington-tx.gov/water/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/05/2005-Water-Bill-Inserts.pdf 

2005 http://www.arlington-tx.gov/water/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/05/2005-Water-Bill-Inserts.pdf

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013 http://www.arlington-tx.gov/water/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/05/2013-Water-Quality-Report.pdf

2014 http://www.arlington-tx.go

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*Here is Ft Worth’s TTHM’s in ppb by year…note they have been drilling longer (1998) than Arlington and have had persistently higher TTHM’s that average 45 ppb from 2003-2012. The decrease in 2013 & 2014 could be related to the decrease in drilling the Barnett Shale.

2003  39 ppb

2004  37

2005  48

2006 38

2007 51

2008 52

2009 45

2010 49

2011 50

2012 38

2013 22

2014 26

 

 

 

http://www.arlington-tx.gov/water/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/05/2014-Water-Quality-Report.pdf

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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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