Since the city objected to HB40, it is appropriate you protect us from nuisance conditions from Urban Drilling padsite related odors. In my situation living near the Entertainment District, Chesapeake (or whomever they can have a firesale to) can drill up to 10 more wells WHEN the price of natural gas goes back up.
We could face repeat events like the failed Bobcat 1H workover/completion at the end of January 2013 that involved major dispatch response, hazmat, and a medic.
Urban Drilling odor related events that have sickened people in the past with nuisance odors can happen again ANY time they either drill/complete new wells or workover ANY of the EXISTING 350+ gaswells in our inner city limits.
I am formally requesting that the city form a citizen committee and task force to UPDATE our Nuisance Ordinance to include a section that compliments or clarifies the existing Gas Well ordinance that also needs work.
I sent you information recently of a Chesapeake internal email to reopen the case and find they violated Gas Drilling Ordinance VII 7.01 A6 to prevent odors. In an internal email we found out that a chemical washing off the workstrings and going into the reverse tanks controvert the “stale water” excuse or represents more than one odor. The TCEQ report says the stale water was removed underground, but what is unknown is if there was chemical water odors coming from any waste water festering in reverse tank(s) or any other open hatch tanks that I have repeatedly requested be replaced with mandated pressurized, ventless flowback tanks.
Chesapeake’s internal email (NOT communicated to the city and state) said they were going to tell their contractors to keep fresh water in those reverse tanks before complaints. This email incriminates Chesapeake in that they did NOT want the city to find a nuisance in that they could have PREVENTED this in learning from the Como Ft Worth Westridge Odor Event (never mind when stale odors sickened folks at the Chesapeake Lynn Smith padsite in March of 2012 that I repeatedly and unsuccessfully warned Chesapeake and the city to work to prevent from happening at the Truman site).
The city did NOT require TWO different operators to follow up with a preventative action plan for the Truman or the LABC (evacuation) events which is in violation of your own Gas Well ordinance ARTICLE V-6 g.
is a guideline to find a nuisance violation, but it is ineffective because I know of two instances at one site where investigators had notes in having been sickened in DWG (ref the incident reports related to the ACL air study reports 1108073 & 1108078).
I have also seen off the chart Toxic Vapor Analyzer readings in Pantego (refer to incident report for air study ACL 110336) where the TVA readings were 244 times Jessica Minely’s highest reading on 1/31/2013 at the Truman odor Event NEAR THE STADIUM.
In all three of these examples, the state found NO nuisance violations. We HAVE to be more protective of our air shed than the state in nuisance releases if not for the general public, then for the sake of our cash cow/reputation as a family friendly entertainment venue and growing Downtown/University area.
Home Rule was designed to be more protective than the Federal and State governments. In a post HB40 frack-anywhere-ruling that YOU opposed, it is only appropriate that you take matters to heart in having control over the liveability of this town related to Urban Drilling Nuisance Odors. At the very least you have the responsibility to safeguard our cash cow entertainment industry being downwind to GM’s on-campus Chesapeake padsites with regular compressor blowdowns and workovers. As for the Chesapeake Truman pad site, we have the threat of future drilling/completions, blowdowns, and workovers at that sensitive location.
We should have care taken to ENFORCE the existing GW Ordinance in preventing odors and following up with post incident reports on how to prevent a future occurrence.
This is the only way we can ENSURE operators work diligently to PREVENT nuisance odors blowing in our neighborhoods, the stadiums, Six Flags, and the planned LIVE venues.
Just as you have designated special tax incentives for the Downtown and Entertainment Districts, likewise there needs to be appropriate safeguards to this investment regarding gas well related nuisance odors.
Section 1.03 Power to Define and Prohibit The City of Arlington, acting by and through its duly authorized officers, agents and representatives, as designated herein, shall have the power to:
A. Define all nuisances and prohibit the same within the City and outside the City limits for a distance of five thousand (5,000) feet (provided that this ordinance shall not apply within any portion of such five thousand foot area which is contained within the territory of any other municipal corporation);
Even under the regular Nuisance Ordinance, you did’t enforce stale water odors (which sickened people at the Truman and the Lynn Smith drill site odor events in 2012 and 2013).
F. Stagnant, Foul and Offensive Water. Any stagnant, foul or offensive water upon any lot or other premises or under the floor of any building.
I need just ONE person respond to me as to when this task force can begin its work.
TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND “(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality….”