Arlington using HDPE drinking water piping – Benzene’s favorite Houdini trick in a MSD & fracking town

UPDATE 6/21/16 The Water Research Foundation has a report and YEP fracking brine water issues as well as HDPE plastic piping used for drinking water has ISSUES too.

UPDATE 6/8/16

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; “john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov” <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 5:20 PM
Subject: Trenchless Digging & the risks of HDPE Pipe absorbing Benzene & other contaminants in drinking water
Because I live hundreds of feet from MSD12-1, a known Brownfield (ground water & SOIL) from a former gasoline station, (council approved forever forgiveness in making the owner clean it up), and because many Arlington residents live by gasoline stations or abandoned gasoline stations and drill sites….our city policy should be to test the soil first before employing HDPE piping in the trenchless digging process before repairing/replacing drinking water piping.
Benzene is the Houdini of Hydrocarbons and it is bad enough that the traditional metal piping has rubberized gaskets connecting the sections that share a similar risk of contaminants infiltrating into rubber related components in drinking water supplies.
I also advise the city to sanction in home tap water testing in nearby MSD’s (start with my home please)to see if there is Benzene in their drinking water. We trust and pay the city to ensure that the water that leaves the water treatment plants is safe until it reaches our lips, but now because YOU allowed MSDs and urban drilling…we cannot trust our drinking water is safe in traditional piping and especially in your proposed trenchless digging HDPE replacement piping.
Please respond with an answer to my requests:
1) test my tap water at 409 N Elm
2) spot test the soil above the route for HDPE piping produced water from drill sites to the Brentwood Injection Well Site in Ft Worth
Thank you
Kim
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From: Paul Olson <POlson@awwa.org>
To: “kimfeil@sbcglobal.net” <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: ETS Support <etssupport@awwa.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:06 PM
Subject: RE: Technical Inquiries – HDPE Pipe
Dear Mrs. Feil,
AWWA is not a regulatory agency and does not test, certify, or approve any products.  We are a not for profit scientific and educational membership association focusing on the water industry.  AWWA does provide Standards for products used in the water industry.  AWWA Standards represent an industry consensus on products that have been historically shown as satisfactory for use in typical water systems.  It is then up to the local utility, local design engineer, and local regulatory body to determine whether they have any special situations that would be outside the regular water system use and to determine what would be appropriate for their site specific conditions.  Hydrocarbons (gasoline and the like) in the soil are a site specific condition for which there is not a standard answer; it definitely varies from site to site depending on the soil, the environment, and the level of contamination as to which pipe product is the right choice for the situation.
AWWA does have several standards on HDPE pipe, and we do include information in those standards that alerts users that should be cautious where hydrocarbon contamination may be an issue.  The following note is included in those standards:
Sec. 4.1 Permeation
               The selection of materials is critical for water service and distribution piping in locations where the pipe will be exposed to significant concentrations of pollutants comprised of low molecular weight petroleum products or organic solvents or their vapors. Research has documented that pipe materials such as polyethylene, polybutylene, polyvinyl chloride, and asbestos cement, and elastomers used in jointing gaskets and packing glands, are subject to permeation by lower molecular weight organic solvents or petroleum products. If a water pipe must pass through a contaminated area or an area subject to contamination, consult with pipe manufacturers regarding permeation of pipe walls, jointing materials, etc., before selecting materials for use in that area.
For the reader’s convenience, additional resources about permeation of elastomeric joint gaskets and plastic pipe are provided in Appendix A.
AWWA HDPE standards also provide the following bibliographical list (as the above mentioned Appendix A) for additional information regarding use of HDPE pipe where permeation by hydrocarbons may be an issue:
  1. Report 91204, “Impact of Hydrocarbons on PE/PVC Pipe and Pipe Gaskets,” Water Research Foundation, Boulder, Colorado, 2008, www.waterresearchfoundation.org.
  2. “PPI Comments on Permeation of Water Pipes and on the AWWA-RF Report on Hydrocarbons,” Plastics Pipe Institute, Irving, Texas, 2009, www.plasticpipe.org
  3. Holsen, T., Park, J.K., Jenkins, D. and Selleck, R. E., “Contamination of Potable Water by Permeation of Plastic Pipe,” AWWA Journal, pp 53 – 56, August 1991, www.awwa.org
  4. Glaza, E. C. and Park, J. K., “Permeation of Organic Contaminants Through Gasketed Pipe Joints,” AWWA Journal, pp. 92 – 100, July 1992, www.awwa.org
  5. Olson, A. J., Goodman, D. and Pfau, J., P., “Evaluation of Permeation of Organic Solvents Through PVC, Asbestos/Cement, and Ductile Iron Pipes,” Journal of Vinyl Technology, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 114 – 118, September 1987.
  6. Veenendaal, G., Verhefjen L., and Vonk, M. W. “Effects of Soil Contaminants and Piping Materials on Drinking Water Quality,” Pub #87, The Netherlands, October, 1985. http://www.kiwa.nl/countries/netherlands.aspx
  7. Vonk, M.W., “Permeation of Organic Compounds Through Pipe Materials,” Pub # 85, KIWA, The Netherlands, 1985. http://www.kiwa.nl/countries/netherlands.aspx
I hope this is helpful for your project.
Paul J. Olson, P.E.
Sr. Manager of Standards, American Water Works Association
Direct 303.347.6178 | Fax 303.795.7603
From: Kim Feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 3:23 PM
To: ETS Support <etssupport@awwa.org>
Subject: Technical Inquiries
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Comments
Is HDPE piping approved for drinking water use in towns that allow Urban Drilling and in MSD (Brownsfield) areas where old gasoline station’s known ground water/soil pollution is NOT remediated? Who can guarantee that HDPE can resist benzene exposures?

American Water Works Association
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UPDATE 6/7/16

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; “robert.shepard@cityofarlingtontx.gov” <robert.shepard@cityofarlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; “Victoria.Farrar-Myers@arlingtontx.gov” <Victoria.Farrar-Myers@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>
Sent: Monday, June 6, 2016 4:51 PM
Subject: Fw: tableded item Q/HDPE trenchless piping can leach BENZENE into drinking water
Please help us move forward without reservations on the use of HDPE drinking water piping by getting soil samples above the HDPE route in Ft Worth.

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Buzz Pishkur <Buzz.Pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Monday, June 6, 2016 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: tableded item Q/HDPE trenchless piping can leach BENZENE into drinking water

 

Thank you for the response…I didn’t know about the rubber gaskets on the traditional metal piping, but still concerned about using HDPE in MSD & Urban Drilling areas. I contacted AWWA with this question….
“Is HDPE piping approved for drinking water use in towns that allow Urban Drilling and in MSD (Brownsfield) areas where old gasoline station’s known ground water/soil pollution is NOT remediated? Who can guarantee that HDPE can resist benzene exposures?”
Mr. Pishkur, I guess the only way I’d be comfortable with HDPE would be if someone would test the soil in Ft Worth above a few of the HDPE route from the padsites to the Brentwood Park Injection Waste Water site to see if any Benzene was leaking into the soil during transport of the produced water.
My thought is that if known waste water with traces of benzene is NOT leaching into the soil in Ft Wortha long that route, then we should have no worries on drinking water being infiltrated with UNknown benzene that may be lurking in surrounding soil by trenchless projects.
 
Buzz, Can the city do the testing in Ft Worth so we can have this info for associated risks with trenchless piping?
because it was (then) Senator Davis who first sounded the alarm at the October 27 2011 public hearing to the Ft Worth Drilling Task Force about the UNREGULATED use of HDPE piping of waste water to the Brentwood Site.
Thanks Kim

 


From: Buzz Pishkur <Buzz.Pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
To: ‘kim feil’ <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Monday, June 6, 2016 4:09 PM
Subject: RE: tableded item Q/HDPE trenchless piping can leach BENZENE into drinking water

 

The issue was tabled at the request of some local contractors to give time for a review of the project. I was more than willing to do so. I will request it be removed and it will be reintroduced in the near future.  HDPE like PVC is an AWWA approved plastic base product which is used extensively in Arlington and across the country for small diameter pipelines. The comment about benzene leaking out of HDPE pipe and any issue with it compared to PVC or other types of pipe is something that may merit some discussion. Even metal pipe has a joint every 18 feet that is secured with a rubber gasket which could be permeable if it was exposed to a highly corrosive agent. Good news about HDPE is each section is fused together and not subject to any invasion at the joints.
From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 3:43 PM
To: Buzz Pishkur
Subject: tableded item Q/HDPE trenchless piping can leach BENZENE into drinking water
Mr Pishkur there is a tabled item for Public Comment tomorrow night on Trenchless piping….please let me know why it was tabled and also I need follow up as to who can guarantee that HDPE piping will not absorb into the drinking water piping if there is a benzene leak in the area from either fracking related leaks/spills or an old gasoline station….at the very least can a soil test be done for benzene prior to the trenchless jobs as a safety precaution?
If Benzene can leak OUT of HDPE, then surely Benzene (the Houdini of hydrocarbons) can leech IN these HDPE drinking water pipes.
1. (TABLED) Annual Requirements Contract for Trenchless Water Main Improvements, Bid Project 16-0124 (MO06072016-013) Authorize the City Manager or his designee to approve an annual requirements contract for trenchless water main improvements with Murphy Pipeline Contractors, Inc., of Jacksonville, Florida through an interlocal cooperative purchasing agreement with the Allied States Cooperative in the estimated amount of $2,900,000, and execute any and all documents necessary to carry out such contract. Funds are budgeted in Water Bond Fund 658502-18141205- 68252.
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UPDATE 3/2/16 —– Forwarded Message —– From: kim feil To: TXsharon ; Buzz Pishkur ; Jeff Williams
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: TXsharon <sharson@gmail.com>; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 11:42 AM
Subject: HDPE piping under pressure literally
I saved this link years ago and now that our city is using HDPE to replace water mains in a trenchless process, the fact that we are a MSD and a drilling town begs to understand what happened in California in this case and if any lessons learned or is even applicable to our situation.
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Recall that I blogged about the town that had a cancer cluster along a crude pipeline and that recently Benzene was detected along a crude carrying pipeline in a Houston neighborhood just to reenforce how benzene is the Houdini of hydrocarbons…we should NOT be using HDPE for drinking water piping in a drilling town and a town that allows MSD’s.
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In 2012, I contacted the City of Ft Worth and asked them to test the soil to see if any produced water being HDPE piped from nearby drill sites to the Ft Worth Inje…
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Buzz or Trey please confirm you are in receipt of this email, thanks.
Kim

UPDATE 3/2/16


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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: TXsharon ; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 11:42 AM
Subject: HDPE piping under pressure literally
I saved this link years ago and now that our city is using HDPE to replace water mains in a trenchless process, the fact that we are a MSD and a drilling town begs to understand what happened in California in this case and if any lessons learned or is even applicable to our situation.
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Recall that I blogged about the town that had a cancer cluster along a crude pipeline and that recently Benzene was detected along a crude carrying pipeline in a Houston neighborhood just to reenforce how benzene is the Houdini of hydrocarbons…we should NOT be using HDPE for drinking water piping in a drilling town and a town that allows MSD’s.

Buzz or Trey please confirm you are in receipt of this email, thanks.
Kim

 

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In 2012, I contacted the City of Ft Worth and asked them to test the soil to see if any produced water being HDPE piped from nearby drill sites to the Ft Worth Injection Well site in northeast Ft Worth to see if it was leaching Benzene. They never responded to that request.

After watching a video of a German cancer cluster along a BTEX carrying PLASTIC pipeline, I’ve been waiting to see if we are cheap enough as a city to also use HDPE plastic piping in a mining town..yep…last week we announced we are using HDPE piping in a trenchless water main replacement project…hope the old water mains they leave down there can protect those plastic pipes from the Houdini of hydrocarbons…Benzene.

Note some constituents can’t leach into HDPE, but Benzene is NOT on this list.

http://www.arlington-tx.gov/news/2016/02/17/city-uses-pre-chlorinated-pipe-bursting-method-to-replace-aging-water-mains/

my comment on the city blog….

….too bad HDPE is not Benzene proof…
….too bad MSDs are allowed in Arlington where contaminated areas get a free pass from brownfield clean up (like near GM or any of the old gasoline stations with old buried storage tank leak damage)…these two “too bads” are too bad for public health…and then there is all the gaswell related piping that could leak…did we need to encourage more movement of benzene under our soil by mining up the town?

So where is the project happening right now?…

…why its no further than 4,200 feet away from Amberway & Overbrook ..

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an area that I blogged about in 2013 near …two padsites of gaswells…..

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See the top of the S shaped line that show the two neighborhoods that have experienced piping breaks. Then see the two pad sites in the area south of that.

That area was experiencing water main failures causing the ground to shift and the houses to crack… (or should I say the ground was fracked nearby and caused the water mains to break?)

The city blog of 2/17/2016 says the need for the replacing the decades old piping was for……hint I highlighted it in blue….

 

But wait…. just over a couple of years ago the city didn’t think it was age of piping related…(I boldfaced for emphasis)…

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From: Buzz Pishkur <Buzz.Pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
To: ‘kim feil’ <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>; Darryl Westbrook <Darryl.Westbrook@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Buettner <Michael.Buettner@arlingtontx.gov>; Terry Benton <Terry.Benton@arlingtontx.gov>; Brad Franklin <Brad.Franklin@arlingtontx.gov>; Bob Lemus <Robert.Lemus@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Trey Yelverton <Trey.Yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Jakeway <Don.Jakeway@arlingtontx.gov>; Stuart Young <Stuart.Young@arlingtontx.gov>; Roger Venables <Roger.Venables@arlingtontx.gov>; “‘kevin.mcglaun@arlingtontx.gov’” <kevin.mcglaun@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <Robert.Rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <Don.Crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay W. White <Jay.White@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <Sheri.Capehart@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 7:53 AM
Subject: RE: that Overbrook/Amberway water main burst(s)-endangered resident captured on film

Kim:  We use an analytical tool similar to the one AWWA has produced to continually evaluate the condition and functionality of our inventory of 1400 miles of water main and 1200 miles of wastewater collection piping as main breaks are identified and repaired. This information and the recommendations from our Water and Wastewater master plans provide the information we use to identify projects for our Annual Capital budget which is presented to City Council each year.  The main breaks on Amberway and Overbrook  are being investigated due to the number and timing of the failures.  This has not been an area with a history of routine failures therefore we are looking beyond the pipe material and age of the piping for a possible cause.

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So if worrying about drinking (Benzene) risks isn’t enough with HDPE piping, recently good ol’ “Benzene” made himself known in neighborhoods NOT near refineries in Houston…listen to the Houston Public Media audio posted on 2/22/16 entitled…

Scientists Urge Action As They Trace Source Of Toxic Vapors In Houston Communities

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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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