Arlington looks 2 improve gaswell decibel related rules but NOT odors?

Tuesday, 6/7/16 select Arlington city council members Rivera, Galspie, Parker, & Wilemon met for a (continued) gas well committee meeting presented by gas well coordinator, Collin Gregory.I have a PIR for any prior communications on gas well policy discussions and will update accordingly. I was unaware this committee was even formed. However I have emailed council of my thoughts on how to improve the gas well ordinance pretty regularly and very recently (see 6/6/16 below email).
I have asked repeatedly to be included in any citizen steering groups on this matter. The noon meeting of 6/7/16 was follow-up discussion items on:
  • Noise
  • Operation Hours
  • Operator Guidelines/Expectations
  • Nuisance – Dust

Here are the slide shows pics…



Note how the yellow highlight STOPS after “dust”? Council is NOT interested in odors as a nuisance…that falls to the state (fox watching the hen house)! Local Home Rule laws are within the purview of our council to be more protective than the state and federal government…now tell the HB40 frackers that!




Evidently there have been some complaints from the Enervest council was interested in:
noise, operation hours (moving from 8 pm to 6 pm-not including the drilling & flowback phase which can go 24/7), operator guidelines/expectations (in case of second tier operators-also assurances of bonding and letters of credit could be cashed in if operator “walks off job”…additionally statewide rule 14 has the Railroad Commission come in an plug and abandon unattended or wells that risk pollution. There is the remark from Collin Gregory was that the RRC hame in before the Vdiridian was constructed at the Viridian this has already occurred and “We then came in and built a structure over that”
Back in February 2016 I emailed council…
and in November 2015 I complained we weren’t enforcing our ordinance (FYI Jim Parajon is totally unresponsive in my attempts for a meeting on the subject)….
My husband and I visited City Hall a couple of months ago in April and we requested a meeting with Trey Yelverton but was NEVER contacted to a meeting to be scheduled.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Robert Rivera <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Charlie Parker <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>
Cc: Sheri Capehart <>; “” <>; Lana Wolff <>; “” <>; “” <>
Sent: Monday, June 6, 2016 5:15 PM
Subject: Re tomorrows Committee Meeting gas well/municipal policy
Where can we find more information on this discussion? How can the public provide input besides the public hearings which in my opinion is too late because once agenda items get to that phase it is usually a done deal-I would like to be on a citizen task force BEFORE any gas well ordinance changes go to council vote.
Recall my wish list?…
  • Your emergency responders to drilling emergencies must use spectrometers and other sensitive equipment for example to detect Benzene in parts per billion.
  • Your emergency response teams must not focus on just VOC’s or explosive conditions, they must use equipment that tests for relevant constituents such as found on the Frac Focus Chemical Disclosure Registry including acids and aldehydes
  • While not an exhaustive list, they need to use catalytic converters on the lift compressors.
  • The blowdowns of the lift compressors must not go to the atmosphere, but to the storage tanks that are equipped with vapor recovery devices.
  • The flowback & work over/completion phases need to have closed hatch pressurized tanks equipped with gas busters/scrubbers. NO OPEN HATCH TANKS venting in our airshed.
  • The drilling rigs must be powered with electricity.
  • Any engine or compressor that cannot be electric must use purified natural gas NOT dirty field gas.
  • The drilling mud must not be exposed to the airshed and must not be allowed to be mudfarmed without NORM & other relevant testing.
  • The gas drilling ordinance must provide for a database alert system of pending/current active phases and current wind direction information so as to have the families decide to remove themselves from being downwind.
  • The ordinance must force the operator or the mineral owners to pay to have a state of the art, air monitoring mobile van using real time data at each active phase and quarterly drive-by air tests in the post production phase.
  • Each town must own their own infrared camera and each town should have a special nuisance ordinance geared just for urban drilling complaints with a focus on odors and particulates.
  • Money the city collects from drilling revenues must support having on staff an attorney to represent citizens in litigation with drilling nuisance grievances against operators violating this ordinance.
  • The trucks that are at the pad sites must not idle.
  • The trucks that arrive daily to evacuate the waste waters from the storage tanks must have a manifest document reported to the city that the same amount of fluids removed is the same amount of fluids that arrive at the injection well or recycling sites.
  • Recycled or re-purposed (fire fighting, brine road spray, etc.) waste water must be tested for radionuclides, Total Trihalomethanes, halogens, and other disinfectant related unwanted byproducts (frack on crack).
  • Each drill site must have a flood control program to not release storm flood waters into the environment, but rather be removed to an appropriate disposal site.
  • Each city should have an exit plan to have the wells plugged & abandoned (P&A) following the dramatic production drop and/or the well is no longer economic.
  • Any redevelopment following the removal of a pad site must be communicated to future buyers of the nearby P&A well heads.
  • These P&A sites must continue to have quarterly infrared inspections infinitely to check for methane leaks especially after any seismic events in the area.

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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