Collin thank you for being responsive prior to my speech to verify that the city does NOT test storm water trapped at the padsites that go into our storm water runoff and increases the Total Maximum Daily Load to treat water…but I did not have time to talk about that and the colloidal heavy metal risk in the soil at these padsites.
My name is Kim Feil from Arlington TX I live by the ATT Cowboys Stadium.
I blog on BarnettShaleHell.wordpress.com & post my email communications to public officials so that I have evidence they were forewarned of the risks we have undertaken in this huge and fast built out of high impact industrial mining in urban Arlington where we have an average of 3.5 gas wells per sq mile.
In the agenda for trenchless digging to replace water piping, I asked council to test the soil to see if benzene was leaching from unregulated HDPE piping of produced water from Ft Worth padsites being piped to the Brentwood Injection Well as the litmus test before allowing trenchless digging that (HDPE piping) is not Benzene resistant. Arlington has about 60 padsites and in addition has known EPA Brownfield sites granted the right to NOT be remediated under the TCEQ MSD program.
I spoke on the risk to selling water & waste water bonds when our drinking water source, Lake Arlington, (which has already had a Quicksilver 2010 work over spill that ran from a storage tank overnight in our lake).
I mentioned how our lake is at repeated flooding risk and how we have many padsites on the FT Worth side of the lake as well as over 100 casing laterals underneath it. I reminded them that our rain charged Lake Arlington could be a commodity if more ground water sources start showing contamination as WFAA local news reporter, Brett Shipp, has recently reported twice on Chisholm Springs Texas north of Ft Worth having at least 200 homes affected with contaminated water (high in chlorine, metals & minerals) in “that” heavily drilled area. In the WFAA comments
people south of the Metroplex came forward with water contamination reports (in Waxahachie, & Mansfield, as well as reports from Henderson County/birth defect, & Tarrant County). There was also a complaint of salty tasting water in Boyd TX.
I have blogged about how the EPA allows state regulators to decide what effluents to test for before releasing or selling recycled produced waste water west of the 98th meridian. I am shocked that radionuclides is NOT on the list. I also see the risk of recycling waste water become more popular to mitigate the ever growing risk in injection well induced frack quakes. Businesses are popping up to recycle produced water into useful products such as firefighting, road/spraying for dust or ice, agriculture and for drought watering (like in mud farming which they don’t test for NORM there either).
Currently, in Texas injection wells is still the preference for fracking related waste disposal and yet the lower level of regulation in the class of the injection wells are in my opinion inappropriately designated with the least amount of TXDOT oversight in trucking. If only we can redesignate produced water hauling as TENORM, then the truck drivers have to account for the volumes that they leave the frack sites with and those quantities must match up when they arrive at the injection wells.
Flooding of the Texas drill sites has been the rave of social media lately and the Elpaso area has been posting pictures of flooded Texas drill sites with hydrocarbons visibly spilled off in the flood waters…this should be on the SAB’s main radar as climate change serves to worsen the boom and bust of rain cycles.
Last I spoke before the SAB I ran out of time to report on a Colleyville home who had well water degradation after nearby fracking. I encourage the SAB to contact the City of Collyville who sanctioned numerous pre and post nearby well water testing. Alarmingly two water wells stopped working after the drilling and could not get post test results and were NOT included in the summary statistics. Overall I found that the general change in water quality supports UTA Clear’s reporting that the closer the drilling to ground water wells, the more changes seen.
In closing, I also encourage the SAB to seek out mainstream media water contamination stories and to please read the comments…you will find more relevant “testimonies”…recently I saw one for the Eagle Mountain Azle area where a commentor said his water well went bad after fracking came in.
I recently sued Chesapeake Energy in small claims court for nuisance when their odors came into my closed home over 1400 ft away during well completion. This took a year of my life which has changed since fracking and I thank you for listening to my comments.
Here is the full hour and half public and industry testimony to the EPA SAB …my speech is first.