Kermit Wink Sink Texas gone in a BLINK?

wink tx sink hole by townRead at the end of this story the FULL witness account of THE WINK SINK on that fateful day on June 3 of 1980 where a contractor went to check for pipeline leaks on Gulf Oil’s 24 inch pipeline and watched the area of the pipeline he was to inspect go into the bowels of the earth. I selected paragraphs that read… “FRACTURE OR CAVERNOUSE PERMEABILITY OCCURS ABOVE, WITHIN, AND BELOW THE SALADO FORMATION, AS INDICATED BY THE LOSS OF CIRCULATION OF DRILLING FLUID IN WELLS DRILLED NEAR THE SINKHOLE.  CONSEQUENTLY, A BRINE-DENSITY-FLOW-CYCLE MAYBE OPERATING:…” 

But my favorite part of the fracking story reads…

“A PLUGGED AND ABANDONED WELL THAT WAS LOCATED WITHIN THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE SINKHOLE MAY HAVE PROVIDED A CONDUIT FOR WATER MOVEMENT.

‘COMPOSITION OF WATER IN THE WINK SINK RESEMBLES THAT OF WATER IN NEARBY WELLS PRODUCING FROM THE QUATERNARY ALLUVIUM AND FROM THE TRIASSICSANTA ROSA FORMATION.

“HENDRICK WELL NUMBER 10-A WAS DRILLED IN 1928 AT THE SITE NOW WITHIN THE CUMFERENCE OF THE SINKHOLE.  THE WELL, WHICH INITIALLY PRODUCED ABOUT 80 PERCENT WATER FROM THE PERMIAN TANSILL FORMATION, WAS PLUGGED WITH CEMENT AND ABANDONED IN 1964.  THE WELL WAS NOT USED FOR BRINE DISPOSAL.  OVER 12 MILLION BARRELS OF SALT WATER PRODUCED FROM THE HENDRICK FIELD WERE DISPOSED OF BY INJECTION INTO THE PERMIAN RUSTLER FORMATION DURING 1961. WATERFLOOD PROJECTS IN THE HENDRICK FIELD BEGAN IN 1963 AND ARE STILL IN PROGRESS.”

I also enjoyed reading this…

“DESPITE THE FORAMATION OF THE MAMMOTH CRATER, THERE WAS LITTLE EFFECT ON OIL FIELD OPERATION IN THE AREA.  WORKMEN CUT AND REROUTED A SHELL OIL COMPANY PIPELING SIX INCHES IN DIAMETER THAT CARRIED CRUDE OIL TO STORAGE TANKS 1,000 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE SINKHOLE.   THE BRINE PIPELINE ORIGINALLY BEING INSPECTED BY THE HARVARD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY MAINTENANCE CREW WAS BROKEN BY THE EXPANDING CRATER, AND AS A RESULT THE OIL WELLS PRODUCING THE BRINE HAD TO BE SHUT DOWN.  

WORKERS FOR PETRO-LEWIS COMPANY, AND INDEPENDENT OIL COMPANY OPERATING IN THIS AREA OF WINKLER COUNTY, WERE ATTEMPTING TO CIRCULATE CEMENT BEHIND THE LINER IN THE HENDRICK WELL NUMBER 3-A, A PRODUCING OIL WELL LOCATED ABOUT 500 FEET SOUTH OF THE SINKHOLE,  WHEN THE SINKHOLE BEGAN TO FORM.  THEY PLUGGED AND ABANDONED THE WELL ON JUNE 5, 1980, BECAUSE THE PROMIXITY OF TENSION FRACTURES TO THE WELL…”

Waterflooding projects (taking gas wells and turning them into water injection wells to get other nearby wells to produce) are more affordable strategies operators may want to use in the Barnett Shale some day and that scares the sinkhole stuff out of me! Also read a letter I posted below the the full WINK SINK story. In that email I asked our city council today (June 16, 2016) to ensure we don’t allow water flooding at our URBAN drill sites.

Sink holes can happen when ground water tables rise and dissolve salts where present in the earth. What are some things that can cause ground water tables to rise?

  • Rising sea levels make areas like Florida prone to sink holes.
  • Also, rain & ground water migration can cause water tables to rise.
  • Fracking injects water to blast shale rock (and other rock layers) and then in the
  • disposal of the brine water disturbed underground frome fossil fuel extraction, we inject water into injection waste disposal wells (where it would seem THAT in itself could cause upward pressure on the existing water tables too).

KARST rock especially Karst Salt rock is prone to dissolving.

http://www.texasspeleologicalsurvey.org/karst_caving/karst_regions.php

In the Texas panhandle this link http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1118&context=sinkhole_2013 has info of which was garnered from fossil fuel mining logs on areas where known salt dissolving has occurred.

Contact your representatives (salted w/lobbying oil & gas money?) to ask them to write bills encouraging renewable energy extraction. Why? because mining for solar and wind energy products are sustainable energy sources that do not require re-mining to keep the lights on. Less mining=less (Urban Drilling) sinkhole risk in my thought process. Old former Mayor (Dr Death) Cluck once commented of the ATT/Cowboy Stadium in Arlington TX “I’m not afraid of the stadium cracking”.

So what caused the two (and ever growing risk) sinkholes that sit between the towns of Kermit and Wink Texas? Here is the full story from this link…

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txwinkle/THE_WINK_SINK_ARTICLE.htm

THE WINK SINK

 

WRITTEN BY BILL J. BECKHAM.

TRANSCRIBED OUT OF THE WINKLER COUNTY HISTORY BOOK

PUBLISHED IN   1984   USED WITH PERMISSION OF BILL J. BECKHAM & THE WINKLER CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

 

A MAMMOTH CRATER—LATER DUBBED THE WINKLER COUNTY CRATER, THE WINK SINK OR THE KERMIT CRATER DEPENDING ON WHAT PART OF WINKLER COUNTY ONE HAILED FROM – APPEARED ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 3, 1980, APPROXIMATELY FIVE MILES SOUTHWEST OF KERMIT JUST SOUTH OF TEXAS HIGHWAY 115.

 

“THE WATER WAS BUBBLING AND TWISTING DOWN THERE WITH THE DIRT AS IT FELL IN” DECLARED JUAN GARCIA, THE FIRST PERSON TO VIEW THE CRATER.

 

GARCIA, AN EMPLOYEE OF HARVARD CONSTRUCTION CO. IN KERMIT, WAS WORKING ON A CONTRACT FOR GULF OIL CORPORATION TO CHECK LEAKS IN A 24 INCH PIPELINE IN THE AREA.

 

“WE WERE ABOUT 50 FEET AWAY WHEN WATER SPLASHED UP, AND WE SAW IT,” GARCIA EXPLAINED.  “I GOT UP TO THE EDGE OF IT AND LOOKED OVER, THEN RAN AND CALLED MY BOSS.”

 

GARCIA ESTIMATED THE SINKHOLE TO BE 20 FEET WIDE AND 20 FEET LONG WHEN HE DISCOVERED IT AT 9:30 AM. ON THAT SUMMER DAY IN 1980.  HE ALSO GUESSED IT WAS ABOUT 40 FEET DOWN TO THE WATER.

 

“IT MUST HAVE STARTED THAT MORNING AS FAST AS IT WAS FALLING.  IT JUST GREW AND GREW RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.”  GARCIA RECALLED, “I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK.”

 

WITHIN TWO HOURS THE SINKHOLE HAD GROWN TO APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET WIDE AND 120 FEET LONG.  BY THIS TIME, IT HAD SWALLOWED A MAJOR PORTION OF THE 24-INCH PIPELINE GARCIA HAD BEEN SENT TO CHECK FOR LEAKS.

 

BY NOON THAT SAME DAY, IT HAD GROWN TO EVEN MORE.  ESTIMATED SIZE AT THAT TIME WAS 200 FEET IN DIAMETER, AND IT WAS FILLING WITH WATER.  BY LATE AFTERNOON THE DIAMETER HAD INCREASED TO 300 FEET.

 

RAPID EXPANSION OF THE OBLONG CAVITY HAD CEASED BY THE NEXT MORNING, WHEN ITS LONGEST DIMENSION, WHICH RAN FROM EAST TO WEST WAS ABOUT 360 FEET.

 

THE SUDDEN FORMATION OF THE SINKHOLE ATTRACTED WIDESPREAD PUBLIC ATTENTION THROUGH BOTH NATIONAL AND LOCAL NEWSMEDIA. IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE APPEARANCE OF THE SINKHOLE, THERE WAS MUCH SPECUALTION REGARDING ITS DEVELOPMENT AND THE POSSIBLILTY THAT ADDITIONAL SINKHOLES MIGHT OCCUR.

 

IN AN OFFICIIAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY REPORT FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN ENTITLED: “FORMATION OF THE WINK SINK, A SALT DISSOLUTION AND COLLAPSE FEATURE, WINKLER COUNTY, TEXAS”, GEOLOGISTS ROBERT W. GAUMGARDNER, JR.,   ANN D. HOADLEY AND ARTHUR G. GOLDSTEIN SAID:

 

“THE WINK SINK FORMED 2.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF WINK, SOUTHWESTERN WINKLER COUNTY ON JUNE 3, 1980.  WITHIN 24 HOURS IT HAD EXPANDED TO A WIDTH OF 360 FEET.   ON JUNE 5, 1980, MAXIMUM DEPTH OF THE SINKHOLE WAS 110 FEET AND VOLUME ABOUT 5.6 MILLION.  BETWEEN JUNE 3 AND JUNE 6, 1980, A LARGE AREA BORDERING THE SOUTH RIM OF THE SINK SUBSIDED ABOUT 10 FEET RELATIVE TO THE NORTH SIDE.  FURTHER SUBSIDENCE OF 1,456 FEET OCCURRED ALONG THE SOUTHERN RIM BETWEEN JULY 19 AND DECEMBER 12, 1980.

 

“A PROBABLE PRECURSOR OF THE SINKHOLE WAS A SOLUTION CAVITY THAT MIGRATED UPWARD BY SUCCESSIVE ROOF FAILURES, THEREBY PRODUCING A COLLAPSE CHIMNEY FILLED WITH BRECCIATED ROCK.  DISSOLUTION OF SALT IN THE PERMIAN SALADO FORMATION IS INFERRED TO HAVE PRODUCED THE SOLUTION CAVITY.  DEPTH OF THE SALADO RANGES FROM 1,300 TO 2,200 FEET.  DATA ON THE SIZE AND INITIAL DEPTH OF THE SOLUTION CAVITY ARE UNAVAILABLE.

 

THE SALADO FORMATION IN THE REGION CONTAINS SEVERAL DISSOLUTION ZONES.  OCCURRENCE OF DISSOLUTION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SALADO EVAPORITE SEQUENCE MAY HAVE RESULTED FROM GROUNDWATER FLOW ALONG FRACTURED ANHYDRITE INTERBEDS.  WATER MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH SALT BY DOWNWARD MOVEMENT FROM OVERLYING AQUIFERS OR BY UPWARD MOVEMENT FROM UNDERLYING AQUIFERS UNDER ARTIESIAN PRESSURE.

 

“THE WINK SINK LIES DIRECTLY ABOVE THE PERMIAN CAPITAN REEF, WHICH CONTAINS WATER THAT IS UNSATURATED WITH RESPECT TO SODIUM CHLORIDE.  HYDRAULIC HEAD OF WATER FROM THE REEF IS HIGHER IN EVELATION OF THE SALADO FORMATION BUT LOWER THAN THE HEAD IN THE TRIASSIC SANTA ROSA FORMATION, A NEAR SURFACE FRESH-WATER AQUIFER.   FRACTURE OR CAVERNOUSE PERMEABILITY OCCURS ABOVE, WITHIN, AND BELOW THE SALADO FORMATION, AS INDICATED BY THE LOSS OF CIRCULATION OF DRILLING FLUID IN WELLS DRILLED NEAR THE SINKHOLE.  CONSEQUENTLY, A BRINE-DENSITY-FLOW-CYCLE MAYBE OPERATING: RELATIVELY FRESH WATER MOVES UPWARD UNDER ARTESIAN PRESSURE AND DISSOLVES SALT:  THE DENSER BRINE MOVES DOWNWARD UNDER GRAVITY FLOW IN THE SAME FRACTURE SYSTEM.  ALTERNATIVELY, DOWNWARD FLOW OF WATER FROM AQUIFERS SUCH AS THE SANTA ROSA FORMATION OR QUATERNARY SEDIMENTS ABOVE THE SALT IS ALSO A POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR DISSOLUTION.   A PLUGGED AND ABANDONED WELL THAT WAS LOCATED WITHIN THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE SINKHOLE MAY HAVE PROVIDED A CONDUIT FOR WATER MOVEMENT.

 

“COMPOSITION OF WATER IN THE WINK SINK RESEMBLES THAT OF WATER IN NEARBY WELLS PRODUCING FROM THE QUATERNARY ALLUVIUM AND FROM THE TRIASSICSANTA ROSA FORMATION. “

 

“HENDRICK WELL NUMBER 10-A WAS DRILLED IN 1928 AT THE SITE NOW WITHIN THE CUMFERENCE OF THE SINKHOLE.  THE WELL, WHICH INITIALLY PRODUCED ABOUT 80 PERCENT WATER FROM THE PERMIAN TANSILL FORMATION, WAS PLUGGED WITH CEMENT AND ABANDONED IN 1964.  THE WELL WAS NOT USED FOR BRINE DISPOSAL.  OVER 12 MILLION BARRELS OF SALT WATER PRODUCED FROM THE HENDRICK FIELD WERE DISPOSED OF BY INJECTION INTO THE PERMIAN RUSTLER FORMATION DURING 1961. WATERFLOOD PROJECTS IN THE HENDRICK FIELD BEGAN IN 1963 AND ARE STILL IN PROGRESS.”

 

“SINKHOLES SIMILAR TO THE WINK SINK OCCUR IN OTHER AREAS OF NORTH AMERICA. THEIR MORPHOLOGY, ASSOCATED STRATA, AND MODE OF FORMATION SUGGEST THAT DISSOLUTION, BRECCIATION AND SURFACE SUBSIDENCE COMMONLY OCCUR DURING THEIR FORMATION.”

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GEOLOGISTS CONCLUDED THAT THE VOLUME OF THE WINK SINK IS MORE THAN TWICE THAT OF THE GARGILL SALT PLANT SINKHOLE INBARTON COUNTY, KANSAS.

 

BLOCKS OF EARTH UP TO 30 FEET LONG CONTINUED TO FALL INTO THE HOLE AT IRREGULAR INTERVALS FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER FORMATION OF THE WINK SINK BEGAN.  ANNULAR CRACKS THAT SURROUND THE HOLE EXTENDED UP TO 290 FEET FROM THE SOURTHERN EDGE.  A LARGE AREA BORDERING THE SOUTH RIM OF THE SINKHOLE SUBSIDED ABOUT 10 FEET RELATIVE TO THE NORT SIDE WITHIN THREE DAYS AFTER THE SINKHOLE BEGAN CAVING IN.

 

DESPITE THE FORAMATION OF THE MAMMOTH CRATER, THERE WAS LITTLE EFFECT ON OIL FIELD OPERATION IN THE AREA.  WORKMEN CUT AND REROUTED A SHELL OIL COMPANY PIPELING SIX INCHES IN DIAMETER THAT CARRIED CRUDE OIL TO STORAGE TANKS 1,000 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE SINKHOLE.   THE BRINE PIPELINE ORIGINALLY BEING INSPECTED BY THE HARVARD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY MAINTENANCE CREW WAS BROKEN BY THE EXPANDING CRATER, AND AS A RESULT THE OIL WELLS PRODUCING THE BRINE HAD TO BE SHUT DOWN.

 

WORKERS FOR PETRO-LEWIS COMPANY, AND INDEPENDENT OIL COMPANY OPERATING IN THIS AREA OF WINKLER COUNTY, WERE ATTEMPTING TO CIRCULATE CEMENT BEHIND THE LINER IN THE HENDRICK WELL NUMBER 3-A, A PRODUCING OIL WELL LOCATED ABOUT 500 FEET SOUTH OF THE SINKHOLE,  WHEN THE SINKHOLE BEGAN TO FORM.  THEY PLUGGED AND ABANDONED THE WELL ON JUNE 5, 1980, BECAUSE THE PROMIXITY OF TENSION FRACTURES TO THE WELL, ACCORDING TO MIKE HANDREN, A PETRO-LEWIS COMPANY REPRSENTATIVE.

 

THE WINK SINK BROUGHT NATION-WIDE PUBLICITY FOR WINKLER COUNTY IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS THAT FOLLOWED THE JUNE 3, 1980 DISCOVERY.  NEWSPAPER RADIO AND TELEVISION REPORTERS FROM NEWS MEDIA BASED FAR FROM WINKLER COUNTY CAME TO SEE THE GIANT SINKHOLE.  FEW AMERICANS, WHO WERE UP-TO-DATE ON CURRENT EVENTS, FAILED TO READ OR HEAR ABOUT THE FAMOUS WINK SINK.

 

AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF SEARCHING, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT ATLANTIC-RICHFIELD CO. (ARCO) OWNED THE SURFACE RIGHTS IN THE AREA OF THE SINKHOLE.  AS A RESULT, WITHIN A SHORT TIME A SIX-FOOT CHAIN LINK FENCE WAS BUILT AROUND THE CRATER AND ADJOINING LAND TO KEEP CURIOSITY SEEKERS AND AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE HOLE.

 

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD C. WHITE DEMOCRAT OF ELPASO WHOSE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT INCLUDED WINKLER COUNTY; ARRIVED ON THE SCENE A SHORT TIME AFTER THE CRATER BEGAN FORMING AND TOURED THE AREA.

 

OFFICIALS FROM THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION KEPT A CAREFUL EYE ON THE SINKHOLE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, FEARING THAT IT MIGHT ERODE NORTHWARD AND ENDANGER HIGHWAY 115.  BUT AFTER A FEW DAYS OF RAPID GROWTH, THE WINK SINK – LIKE THE OIL FIELD BOOMTOWN FOR WHICH IT WAS NAMED BEGAN TO CALM DOWN.  IT NEVER SERIOUSLY THREATNED HIGHWAY 115 OR THE SHELL TANK FARM SLIGHTLY TO THE NORTH.  ITS ONLY VICTIMS WERE THE BRINE PIPELINE AND A SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY UTILITY POLE.

 

TODAY THE WINK SINK LIES QUIETLY INSIDE ARCOS’ CHAIN-LINK YARD GROWING LITTLE IF ANY AT ALL.  AN OCCASIONAL CURIOUS TOURIST STILL STOPS AND SNEAKS OVER THE FENCE TO SHOOT THOSE CANDID SHOTS FOR THE FOLKS BACK HOME BUT THERE IS LITTLE ACTIVITY AT THE SPOT 2.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF WINK, WHERE THE MAMMOTH CRATER FIRST BEGAN TO GOBBLE UP HUGE AMOUNTS OF EARTH ON THAT HOT JUNE MORNING IN 1980.

 

THE WINK SINK APPEARS PEACEFUL ENOUGH WHEN OBSERVED TODAY.  BUT THEN SO DID THAT AREA OF HENDRICK FIELD, WHICH SURROUNDED HENDRICK WELL NO. 10-A EARLY ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 3, 1980.

 

—–END WINK SINK STORY————–

June 2016 new report shows possible expansion of at least one of the Wink/Kermit sink holes…

….http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/texas-giant-unstable-sinkholes-are-growing-could-be-verge-catastrophic-collapse-1565636#slideshow/1524972

————-BEGIN related LETTER TO OFFICIALS as evidence we warned——-

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Mary Supino <mary.supino@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Self <jim.self@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:29 AM
Subject: Two issues: property tax base erosion and new health study finding higher VOCs in residents near fracking
I had a field day with all my Chesapeake (SC18172 nuisance claim evidence) nosebleed pictures in my successful property value protest hearings – I get to pay taxes on $30,000 less on three of my properties.
One of the panel members walked me out after we were done and asked me if I’d gone to the media on this and commented that alot of damage has been done by that (fracking).
Tax bases could drop significantly once threats to our health and water risk, in addition to subsidence becomes established as talking points….the DFW metroplex may be in a sellers market now….what goes up usually comes down….it is only a matter of time…we need to get ahead of the fracking related risks to widespread property values and figure out a way to:
1) Use Home Rule to prevent new wells – make ordinance strong- currently you seem to only care about nuisance sounds and times of operations and NOT odors and BACT.
2) Figure out at way to UNDO exceptions allowed to 600 ft set backs-one way is to NOT approve anymore drilling zones if they violate the 600 ft setback.
3) Make it very affordable for operators to plug & abandon (provide cash ATF incentives)
4) Make it clear that water flooding stimulation is not allowed to cheaply get at more hydrocarbons (you risk urban sinkholes)…of course that is what hydrofracking is all about….but be clear that using existing producing wells and flooding with water to stimulate nearby wells is NOT allowed.
Below find not surprising health study just released….
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Louisiana Environmental Action Network <contact@leanweb.org>
To: Kim <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016 8:03 AM
Subject: E-Alert – New Report: Toxic Chemicals From Natural Gas Operations Detected In The Bodies Of Pavillion, WY Residents Posted on 06/16/2016
New Report: Toxic Chemicals From Natural Gas Operations Detected In The Bodies Of Pavillion, WY Residents
06/16/2016
Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Protecting Louisiana's Environment for Future Generations

New Report: Toxic Chemicals From Natural Gas Operations Detected In The Bodies Of Pavillion, WY Residents

Oil and Gas development on public lands in Wyoming.

Using Both Air Monitoring and Biomonitoring Methods, Researchers Aim to Connect the Dots Between Air Emissions and Toxic Chemicals Found in Nearby Resident’s Bodies

Thursday, June 16th, a coalition of community and environmental health organizations will release first-of-its-kind research attempting to link toxic air emissions from oil and gas (O&G) production sites to evidence of the same toxic chemicals found in the bodies of people who live and work nearby.
Scientists and community members from Pavillion, Wyoming used a variety of air monitoring and biomonitoring methods in concert to understand if air emissions from gas production equipment are also in the bodies of local residents. They found volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in both the air and in residents’ bodies; some VOCs they found are linked to chronic diseases such as cancer, reproductive or developmental disorders; as well as respiratory problems, headaches, nosebleeds, and skin rashes. This research resulted in a new “methods development” for measuring chemical emissions in oil and gas fields, and their human impacts.
The report, titled: “When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities”, will present these findings:
  • Toxic VOCs, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) are present in the air at gas production equipment near Pavillion, WY; have been found in the air surrounding Pavillion residents where they live and work; and are also present in the bodies of Pavillion residents who participated in the study.
  • Chemical indicators associated with exposure to VOCs were present in the urine of study participants at much higher levels than those found in the general population.
  • Some measured levels of hazardous VOCs in the air near gas production sites and in the air downwind near residents exceeded one or more Environmental Screening Levels set by state or federal agencies.
The report also contains a hazard assessment for toxic chemicals detected in the air or bodies of Pavillion residents. The GreenScreen for Safer Chemicalsanalysis succinctly presents known science on hazards associated with these specific chemicals, as well as data gaps where hazard research hasn’t been conducted.
Some Pavillion residents have for years been concerned about health symptoms that they believe are connected to emissions from the gas production activities, and they want action from EPA and state agencies. In 2014, air monitoring data showed some toxic chemical emissions at O&G sites in Wyoming were up to 7,000 times the ‘safe’ health standards set by U.S. federal environmental and health agencies.

 

 

 

 

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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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