UT Arlington problematic vent stack uncovered by FLIR + city staff safety concerns w/TVA “blind searching device”

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; John Dugan <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 1:51 PM
Subject: FLIR “instrumental” in UTA Vent Stack going away? Hazards for city GW inspectors using point source TVA
Please consider budgeting for an infrared camera for our gas well inspectors.
After reviewing a PIR voice recording of a day work session on improving our gaswell ordinance, council was told that the protocol to air quality inspections is for our city inspectors use a first glance air monitoring device to see if TCEQ needs to come out and do more testings with a FLIR infrared camera and or a suma canister. It was explained that our city gas well inspectors (have to get close to the padsite equipment to) do point source testing with a TVA (Toxic vapor analyzer). Collin Gregory, Arlington gas well coordinator/inspector, stated that the TVA has a downside in that it is a “blind searching device” where you have to go from joint 2 joint 2 joint of piping “looking” for (invisible) gas leaks.
This speaks volumes to the safety concerns for our city gas well inspectors who risk being exposed or exploded in getting that fracking close (aka point source testing) to a possible emission source(s). If our city inspectors had a FLIR, our staff could be further away from potentially dangerous methane & BTEX hydrocarbon emissions.
After this FLIR was shot at UTA years ago, there was mention of “issues” found on this video, as TCEQ wrote “Because of the magnitude of the emissions observed on August 25, 2009 MMT staff returned to site 14 on October 10 2009, during Phase II.”
Unknown is WHEN the compressor station “quietly” just went away following that revisit. FYI currently the UTA padsite has two (electrified) lift compressors on site. My point in this UTA story where a FLIR was probably “INSTRUMENTAL” in making that smoke stack GO AWAY, is it could be argued that all over Arlington we could be having silent offenders that our TVA’s are missing. If a FLIR can make problematic equipment “go away” this would be a good thing in the interest of public health and mineral conservation. I guess this next upcoming budget will be another “Feil Fail Event” if we cannot budget for this improtatn air monitoring device.
Maybe the city will contact the UK for a drone equipped with FLIR?
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About those compressor blowdowns in Urban Drilling padsites and compressor stations…..the City of Arlington thinks a FLIR infrared camera is NOT needed…..#disagree!
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Jim Self <jim.self@arlingtontx.gov>; John Dugan <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Collin Gregory <collin.gregory@arlingtontx.gov>; “jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov” <jessica.minley@arlingtontx.gov>; Maria Carbajal <maria.carbajal@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay W. White <jay.white@arlingtontx.gov>; Jessica Youngblood <jessica.youngblood@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:59 PM
Subject: Jim & John, after reviewing this video, please respond why FLIR isn’t needed
You can request that the state come out and video FLIR during the blowdowns at the Lake Arlington and the Harris/Eden natural gas compressor stations.
Then please post the videos on the city website along with a heads up/schedule on the blowdowns so people can check the winds and get their families out of potential harms way.
Better yet, make sure all BACT is being utilized since your ordinance (should?) say they should be using? Or do you need to tighten up the loose language?
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Jim Self <jim.self@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Don Crowson <don.crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@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>; John Dugan <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>; Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Cynthia Simmons <cynthia.simmons@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:14 PM
Subject: CHK 2016 negative cash flow/ methane stewardship: what the FLIR did here in this recent article
Jim Self, I am requesting a meeting on the item contents of this email.
As for yesterday’s ill advice to council, just know that Chesapeake will not be affording to keep house at these drill sites. In comparing Q4 2014 to Q4 2015 financials they have FIVE times less assets to work with (aka negative cash flow).
Yesterday’s advice by Parajon and Self failed mineral owners and OUR ATF coffer if we do not equip ourselves with the equipment to aggresively look for methane leaks. If you don’t want to find the leaks, and you want the emergency response team to “speciate on the spot”…they need a spectrometer (a souped up PID/FID)…..
…and if you want a highly sensitive H2S finder, then get a Gerome monitor….
Please read this exerpt….
Community safety: When my ranch manager and I asked the well operators about the emissions that caused searing pain and temporary blindness, the companies played dumb. But when we approached the well site with an infrared camera (technology that can visualize normally unseen emissions), the problem was undeniable.
The image on the screen exploded with dark gray billowing plumes of methane and other pollutants that unfurled from the pipes, valves, flare stacks and tank hatches across the property. In addition to methane, there was benzene, taluline, ethylene and xylene — all deadly carcinogens, floating with impunity toward unsuspecting targets. There are no words to describe what it feels like to suddenly see massive amounts of harmful pollution we never knew was there.
The RRC claims concern for personal and community safety, but by suing EPA over these clean air protections, it’s actually putting hardworking Texans in harm’s way.
Stewardship: Oil and gas emissions aren’t only raising pollution levels; they also cause unnecessary waste. Every year, the oil and gas industry allows approximately $2 billion worth of gas to be leaked into the atmosphere rather than put to use. This is exactly why we need more oversight — to prevent this waste and return more revenues to mineral owners and taxpayers. Resisting common-sense policies that can take gas out of the air and put it back in the pipeline is hardly the definition of responsible stewardship.”
END exerpt——————————-recall the Baton Rouge Benzene story?…..fail=detecting equipment:
I have already told Arlington officials that TCEQ is using obselete equipment per HARC in Houston….and I have already told Arlington officials that in our dry gas area the Benzene could be as high as 17 ppb on roadside exposures of citizens in their cars….
In closing, the attached picture is a video of WHY our Arlington officials don’t see the need for a FLIR cause you don’t WANT to find the leaks?
 Here is yet another love letter string…
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; John Dugan <john.dugan@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Gange <michael.gange@fortworthtexas.gov>
Cc: Cindy Mendez <cmendez@gptx.org>; Melinda Brittain <melinda@cityofdwg.net>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:59 AM
Subject: Fw: FLIR $ opportunity? TCEQ offers grants for emission-reduction efforts
Maybe a purchase of a FLIR could qualify?
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Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:07 AM
Subject: TCEQ offers grants for emission-reduction efforts

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TCEQ offers grants for emission-reduction efforts

Up to $3.5 million available for qualifying businesses and individuals

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality announced today that applications are now being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2016 for New Technology Implementation Grants.
The program is part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, and provides up to $3.5 million in grants for eligible individuals and businesses who build, own, and operate new technologies to reduce emissions from point sources or store electricity related to renewable energy.
There are three NTIG project categories:
  • Advanced Clean Energy projects that involve the use of certain hydrocarbons (coal, natural gas, or petcoke), biomass, solid waste, or derived-hydrogen fuel cells, while meeting minimum emissions reductions requirements
  • New Technology projects that reduce emissions of regulated pollutants (such as criteria pollutants or hazardous air pollutants) from point sources
  • Electricity Storage projects that store electrical energy related to renewable energy sources
The TCEQ has scheduled a grant application workshop to review the grant requirements and the application process. It will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building F, Room 2210A in Austin. No reservation is required.
For detailed information on how to apply, informational workshops, and grant application forms, go to: www.terpgrants.org or call toll-free at 1-800-919-TERP (8377).

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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