Bacteria in Barnett Shale Evolving to Being Antibiotic & Chlorine Resistant & Biocides Risk Failure too

Picture is at our drinking water reservoir, Lake Arlington. This 2015 pic was snapped on the Ft Worth side. Read on to find out why this proximity is bad!

bowman springs drillThis picture is of Bowman Springs drill site. The water body you see is supposed to be a fresh water holding reservoir to mix the frack chemical secret sauce mixtures. (Spills happen…aka UTA SPILL video as a good example)

bowman springs drill drain

Note how drains are built into the pad sites and allowed into neighborhoods here in Arlington Gasland TexASS.

More pics here


GIF I added comment…..”

Not Bananas but two clever bacterium types will save us from fracking… …..When we cannot disinfect our drinking water to to super bacteria we find at drill sites that are showing up at water treatment plants TOO already….THIS is how we win the fight against urban drilling in Arlington…albeit too late! #massexodus #sellyourpropertyNOW…/bacteria-in-barne…/

UPDATE 4/24/18 letter with microbe details here.
“UTA’s ongoing efforts will include developing therapies for the treatment of harmful bacteria in the water that are resistant to traditional forms of disinfection,” added Dr. Zacariah Hildenbrand, co-founder and scientific contributor to CLEAR.
UPDATE 3/20/18 Here is a flyer from the City of Arlington from about 2016 bragging about how we have trenchless digging replacing water mains in east Arlington as a trial period using pre-chlorinated HDPE piping. Nevermind that HDPE pipe is NOT resistant to Benzene leaching should any BTEX be in the soil from nearby gasoline stations or frackwells.
UPDATE 1/3/2018…Turns out the “resistant” wastewater byproduct (being proliferated microorganisms from polluted groundwater found near fracking) are useful for bioremediation (for example Toluene and Chloroform chemical contamination). ….who’daTHUNK it? Please go to almost the bottom of this post for more info.
—–end update———-
Not only do the drilling operators have to deal with:
  1. failed biocides risk,……. drinking water treatment plants are finding
  2. organisms becoming more resistant to chlorine….and
  3. UTA Clear is finding dangerous bacteria that just happen to be found by the fracking sites are resistant to antibiotics… private water wells
What a triple play on that game changing shale play huh?
(update on 12/6/17- make that quadruple threat if U R pregnant near fracking)

An NBC DFW report on 12/1/17 was entitled

Studies Find Dangerous Bacteria Near Texas Fracking Sites

Reads “Two new studies from University of Texas at Arlington researchers show harmful bacteria levels in groundwater near hydraulically fractured gas drilling sites. 

The studies published in the peer-reviewed journal Science of the Total Environment show antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in private water wells in the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford Shale regions of Texas”. 

So I jumped in with additional information (including a possible natural solution-see bottom of post just above the pregnancy/leukemia risks) last May of 2017 that a TRA official had also said bacteria at the wastewater treatment plants were becoming Chlorine resistant too……Note if you don’t read to the end of this post…the link at the bottom also addresses how the operators at these drill sites depend on biocides and how they have issues of failures.…I give examples of how LOCAL Arlington residents may have been sickened with stale water odors when these biocides obviously have failed…either that or the glutaraldehyde or whatever biocide they used/use…overtakes…yes the airshed of our urban drilling areas …aka our neighborhoods! I know first hand of odors coming into my home and burning my eyes by the ATT Stadium in Jan of 2013…at which I sued Chesapeake in small claims court over. Through the court ordered emails I learned they had conflicting reports trying to explain the odors, of which one set of field notes will never be recovered because the TCEQ inspector was killed in an automobile accident in Houston after he went to work there.

So if you aren’t worried about groundwater, or drinking water becoming cleanable for human consumption, then maybe you don’t care about when the biocides fail and the well sours (they call it stale water) and how the odors can be bad enough to make your blood pressure soar and make you vomit.

No wonder why I took a break from blogging to go to work temporarily for an atmospheric water generating company…..I know first hand not to trust whats in and on the ground.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Jeff Williams <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Charlie Parker <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Victoria Myers <>; Lana Wolff <>; Robert Shepard <>; Jim Parajon <>; “” <>; Marvin Sutton <>; Maria Carbajal <>; Mary Kelleher <>; “” <>; Jay Warren <>; Jason M. Allen <>
“” <>; “” <>
Sent: Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:56 AM
Subject: Fw: Dangerous Bacteria Near Barnett Shale drilling sites
So now Arlington has …what…. 65 ish urban drilling gas well pad sites of future Brownfields for MSD blessings to never remediate in the interest of economic development…..
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Aaron Hoff <>; Angela Kilpatrick <>
Cc: Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <>; Buzz Pishkur <>; Kevin A. Schug <>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <>; Brett Shipp <>; “” <>
Sent: Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:48 AM
Subject: Dangerous Bacteria Near Barnett Shale drilling sites


FYI as a member of the Lake Arlington-Village Creek Water Protection Steering Committee, I wanted you to read my research on this topic.  This morning I see a news report catching up the general public….
I made a comment  on this NBC DFW article…Why oh why won’t those microbes die? Last May I blogged….

An official from the Trinity River Authority commented of microbe testing that these bacteria are becoming chlorine resistant!!! ….

“The testing methods that determine species and viability are very complicated and expensive so most entities choose to go with the common enumeration method. That being said, it is important to test for these indicator organisms at the untreated/raw water intake point because they are resistant to the typical chemical disinfection processes that use chlorine and the number of in
gested viable cysts required for infection is pretty low“. 
And it is not just the TRA admitting to chlorine resistant bacteria……. reads….


March 2 ·
The CLEAR team finds pathogenic bacteria in highly chlorinated water from a public water supply well. These startling findings and more to be published in one of our next scientific manuscripts.

Earlier UTA CLEAR also had a white paper published and highlighted areas included:

“Geospatial modeling correlated groundwater chemicals to Barnett fractured wells,
Increased Beryllium strongly associated with hydraulically fractured gas well
Indirect evidence of pollutant migration via microannular fissures in well casings”

On UTA CLEAR”S publications page they wrote…..note I boldfaced for emphasis…
Characterizing Microbial Contamination of Groundwater

“CLEAR takes a comprehensive view of water quality analysis. Recently, new tests have shown that populations of bacteria can be altered in conjunction with chemical contamination of water supplies. This is a very new development in an understudied area of research. Our working hypothesis is that the presence of chemical constituents can upset the natural balance of microbial communities, enabling the grow of bacteria, which in some cases, could be more deleterious than the chemicals themselves with respect to human exposure. We are currently drafting our first manuscript on this topic for peer review. Featured will be our use of both mass spectrometric and biochemical methods for characterizing bacterial populations in a variety of groundwater samples”.   
The frackers like to frack with surface water and per an industry source…..
“Surface water, almost without exception, contains large populations of microorganisms, such as sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRBs) and acid-producing bacteria (APBs). So when a production company hires a service company to hydraulically frac a well, it is setting into motion a process that potentially holds both risk and reward. Hydraulic fracturing can open new parts of the reservoir for production; but it simultaneously injects microbes into fractured zones that can become established and cause serious problems, including formation damage, biogenic hydrogen sulfide (H2S), microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), and low-quality flowback water. Chemical companies exist to nullify these situations.”
“Bacteria are the arch-nemeses of hydraulically fractured wells, because water is the main ingredient in the fluids injected into oil and gas reservoirs during frac treatments.”
“…leading oilfield chemists have learned through exhaustive research and countless field applications over many decades: how virulent a bacterium can be if it finds a nutrient-rich environment and is left to reproduce unchecked. The implications of this latter point are significant, especially for companies using hydraulic fracturing technology in combination with advanced horizontal drilling…”
“A liquid scale inhibitor is introduced at surface into the acid for a frac procedure;
the corrosion inhibitor is introduced into the linear gel flush solution to be injected following the acid stage;
and a registered biocide is introduced in the fresh water prior to the gel chemicals being added.”
“…Once introduced into the reservoir, extremely small amounts of inhibitor and biocide are produced back to the surface throughout the flowback period, until the well is placed on production.”
“After the fracing process is complete, highly-trained field technicians must monitor biocide levels in flowback fluids, gather and culture bacteria for enumeration studies, and adjust future treatment parameters based on empirical indicators. Close monitoring optimizes the effectiveness of biocide treatments, which helps sustain production by reducing safety and environmental risks, chemical consumption and operating costs.”
This is more than you wanted to know I’m sure.
So what did you just read about these biocides?…The point is the biocides attempting to control these #frackONcrack microbes are being injected in these disposal wells! You know these disposal wells have no bottom right? In our area they are injected into the old salty ocean called the Ellenberger.
We hope they stay down there.
We hope the casings hold.
We hope there are no spills along the way.
We hope the truck manifests ACCOUNT for all fluids that are evacuated daily from each storage tank that are driven to these injection wells.
———–END email to our leaders——
So what to do about this issue……and rain happens at our pad sites too!
So how lucky am I to may see a solution to this triple threat?
Lets go ask the bacteria/microbe’s natural predator….. her name is……..PHAGE!!!
 UPDATE 1/3/2018
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Aaron Hoff <>; Angela Kilpatrick <>; Buzz Pishkur <>
Cc: Jeff Williams <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:26 AM
Subject: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform
The fact that these pathogenic bacteria can thrive in contaminated conditions and resist traditional treatment strategies should suggest several things to water managers and policymakers.
“These data indicate that traditional forms of disinfection may not be sufficient under all circumstances,” Dr. Hildenbrand cautions. “With that being said, the pathogens that we are detecting out in the field are beyond the purview of the current drinking water standards, so operators of public water supply wells who are required to screen for E. Coli and fecal coli form on a quarterly basis may think that they are thoroughly disinfecting their water when in fact they may not be killing the more resilient bacteria. Collectively these data suggest that federal and state drinking water standards should be expanded upon to include more bacterial species, and that we should explore alternative treatment methods beyond simple chlorination.”
The third study identified two unique species of bacteria that showed a capacity to degrade toluene and chloroform, and therefore could be exploited for the bioremediation of groundwaters contaminated with chemical solvents. There is more than one answer to how this discovery might be applied.”


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:03 PM
Subject: Fw: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform
Craig Cummings, assistant director of treatment for ArlingtonWater Utilities.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Buzz Pishkur <>
To: kim feil <>
Cc: Aaron Hoff <>; Angela Kilpatrick <>; Jeff Williams <>; Jim Parajon <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Craig Cummings <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:02 PM
Subject: Re: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform


Just a reminder. Arlington like most of the metroplex cities uses surface water not well water as our source of supply. Arlington gets water from TRWD pipelines and our sources of supply in most cases are located a fair distance from  our city.

These facts do not infer that we are dismissive of water quality issues that may be related to energy industry activity.

Sent from my iPhone

—end update Jan 2018———–

Last note kinda not related to above post but important…..
benzene pregnant women fracking.JPG

link here

Arlington residents planning pregnancy should also understand they may risk higher leukemia rates for their unborn which makes this post actually a QUADRUPLE threat to future water drinkers that have a higher risk of having leukemia.

……….update on a blanket assurance from our water director, Buzz Pishkur….and my response…..

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Buzz Pishkur <>
Cc: Jay Warren <>
Sent: Friday, December 8, 2017 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: 2015 pic of Wilbarger pad site draining off into Lake Arlington
  It takes a special testfor radioactivity in frack-water; the common drinking water test fails.
“Avner Vengosh, geochemist, Duke U, urges that Ra be measured in frack-water directly with gamma ray spectroscopy, Chemical and Engineering News ISSN 0009-2347, copyright @ 2017 American Chemical Society”.
So Mr Pishkur, please comment on how often NORM is measured and what methods are used, thanks.


From: Buzz Pishkur <>
To: kim feil <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: 2015 pic of Wilbarger pad site draining off into Lake Arlington


We process surface water but will continue to monitor all information related to assuring the quality of the eater our residents consume.

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 5, 2017, at 8:29 AM, kim feil <> wrote:

Any comments regarding this picture or UTAClears’ recent publications on dangerous bacteria found in Barnett Shale private water wells that are resistant to antibiotics near fracking?

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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