Smoky Odors Enveloped DFW Metroplex 10/19/17 & Inversion Made it Noticeable

Update 1/22/18 Usually after you call TCEQ (which I called 911) it takes literally months for the results of the investigative report…this TCEQ report does not exist because…well because they suck at their jobs.

“Satellite images show a bright line of smoke that begins shortly after dawn on Oct. 19. The images were obtained by the Record-Chronicle through an open records request to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The plume appears to begin in Erath County, about 100 miles southwest of Arlington, according to Pinliang Dong, a geography professor at the University of North Texas. Dong noted that subsequent satellite images show the line of smoke dispersing as it moves toward and through southern Tarrant and Dallas counties between 8:15 and 9:45 a.m”.


erath county

Here is my snippet of Erath County on Google Earth…

End update


Update: Mansfield Fire Dept said the odor did not originate from them, and Midlothian Fire Dept Smitty Smith said the only controlled burn they had today was really small (trashcan size), but did allude to the Bastrop fires south of us.

An hour before Arlington 911 calls started coming in an email from the TCEQ forecast for read (I boldfaced for emphasis): “Thursday 10/19/2017
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach “Moderate” or possibly higher on the north and northwest side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and on the west side of the Houston area; and “Moderate” in parts of the Austin, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. 

Elevated urban fine particulate background levels associated with continental haze (with contributions from light amounts of patchy smoke from seasonal agricultural burning across the Southeastern United States, including Texas) combined with sufficient local add-on could also be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the “Moderate” range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well. “

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While the 911 operator assured me that the odor was not the natural gas pad site by my home near the ATT Stadium, I still blogged about this due to the INVERSION risk (yet another reason to dread living in an Urban Drilling town).

By 10 am on 10/19/2017 I was closing windows amid the haze outside I was gagging on a smoke smell that reminded me of burning plastic.

In looking at our windmap the winds are coming from the south (SSE) and blowing to the north (NNW).wind mapIn living in Arlington and hearing reports of those south of me also smelling an odor, I alerted DFW Scanner who made a report...”We have received numerous reports of smoke and or a haze of smoke in the Arlington area. Arlington FD has dispatched numerous “smoke investigation” calls, especially on the north side. Others cities are also reporting smoky conditions. We heard it may be related to a controlled burn in the Midlothian area, but 9-1-1 dispatch says it is not them. We will update when we have heard the source”.

From there 300 plus comments ensued of which one that lead to this NBCDFW post…,“Mansfield police dispatch said the smoke is from a controlled burn at U.S. Highway 287 and Kimble Road”. 

Another commenter said that there a Bastrop controlled burn on Monday, Oct 16…“Winds are blowing north to south, and the fire is contained, officials said”.

So those are the 2-3 suspect causes…then the WFAA weather guy just comments that a controlled burn south of the DFW area coupled with an inversion layer is the culprit.

While he did not pinpoint the source weather it was the controlled burn from Hwy287 & Kimble Rd or the controlled burn two days earlier from Bastrop is unclear….but one thing is for sure….people have those California fires on their mind.

One other commenter, Travis Tedford, replied to me with a radar clip saying, “The radar went down nearest to Arlington for maintenance (go figure right?) However, the news did bring attention to several major fires burning up near the panhandle that could potentially be reaching us now”


In utilizing the daily air monitoring station on UTArlington  campus next to the natural gas pad site, here is the not so helpful reading….funny how equipment goes dead just when we are interested in their readings….

So what is a meteorological inversion event? I have blogged about these and the Urban Drilling Emission Event risks….   (I know my son was sickened during a whiteout playing outside when this compressor station was still in operation-I believe a cooling inversion exposed him-he was lethargic for ten days and had dilated eyes and other BP symptoms)…

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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