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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Barnett Sinkhole

This photo shows a sinkhole by the parking lot entrance to Barnett Junior High School in southeast Arlington, Texas.  It has been there for some time, but since it wasn't clear as to whether this was on  City or School property, it remained in a state of disrepair.   We just learned that it is the School District's responsibility.  Originally, the issue was suspected to have been caused by a leak in the City's water main; however, that turned out not to be the case, according to an AISD official.  The reason for the ground collapse remains a mystery. 

Sinkhole at Barnett Junior High between parking lot and Prescott Drive, Arlington, TX

Barnett Junior High School located in the heart of a shale gas extraction zone in Arlington, TX

Now take a look at this Railroad Commission of Texas GIS map showing the horizontal well bores coming off the Fulson Drill Site operated by Chesapeake in Arlington, Texas:

Notice that the West Wing 1H well was drilled beneath the location near that sinkhole.  Could all of this drilling, fracking, and extraction of natural gas be the culprit?  It certainly may be plausible, but only time will tell... 

In the meantime, while we're waiting for these revelations, click Here to read about subsidence.  And click Here to read about the Wink Sink on Texas Sharon's blog.   We hope to bring you more updates very soon...  Shortly after this blog story was published, this weird event happened in Ohio. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Path of Least Resistance

Water is seeping up through cracks in the pavement of the Fish Creek Neighborhood in Arlington, Texas.  Local residents have concerns that this may be linked to gas drilling and fracking in the area.  One homeowner stated that in her 13 years of living here, this is the first time she has witnessed such a thing.

 Click Here and Here to link to YouTube videos.

It hasn't rained in quite a while, yet look at all this water that is springing up in a neighbor's yard.

The Water Department is still investigating but has determined that the seeping water is not municipal water, but groundwater from an underground spring.   The lab is testing the water samples.  Rumor has it they are testing for salt, because fracking fluids contain salt, according to a dispatcher with the Arlington Water Department.   Since these containers are on a nearby unsecured gas pipeline installation work site, we hope the lab is looking for these chemicals too:

 brown goop??

Lana Wolff, Arlington City Councilwoman, came by our neighborhood Saturday morning to witness this strange phenomenon.  We are sincerely grateful for her concern ~ considering that she doesn't, technically, represent our district.  Robert Rivera does. 

In addition to all the drilling and the fracking, we wonder if the massive gas pipeline construction project currently underway near our homes may be causing the groundwater to seek  new pathways.  Like BIG GAS, water seeks the path of least resistance.  Fortunate people find their new path by moving the heck off the Barnett Shale.  Wish we could...Perhaps someday...

Meanwhile, the City of Grand Prairie, Texas received a lump sum of $587,620 from DFW Midstream to lay UNodorized gas gathering pipelines through the community.  Here's a taste of what this looks like:

Click Here to read these details on the Westchester Gasette. 

If you use these pictures, attribution is appreciated. :-)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Made in Taiwan

Big Gas Industry's mission is to convince us that,  "they are doing things the right way."    They also claim that shale gas boosts the economy by creating many jobs.   So when we noticed a lot of gas gathering pipelines laying out near the intersection of Highway 360 South and Camp Wisdom Road by the Grand Prairie/Arlington, Texas border, we decided to take a closer look.  Upon  inspection, we discovered that these pipelines are not being manufactured in the USA, but rather, Taiwan.  

Others were made in Korea.

We did not see any that were Made in the USA.  We just hope the integrity of these pipelines hold since UNodorized natural gas will be transported through our North Texas suburban communities.  Guess we'll just have to say some extra Hail Marys and keep our fingers crossed.

Oh, and one more thing, would you guys please call this what it is?  

It is GAS PIPELINE Construction. 

It's happening all over North Texas.  Check out this recent story, What Runs Beneath in the Fort Worth Weekly.

Remember to click on the hyperlinks, and, Oh, you may want to take out your rosary beads.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pipeline Men

The Barnett Shale:  Southeast Arlington, TX USA
Preparing the Gas Gathering Pipelines 11/15/2012