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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Don't Frack Our Future - Doreen's Story

This video contains the real facts about unconventional shale gas drilling ~ unlike the industry propaganda that comes across your television screen at prime time. With nearly 60 gas drill sites in our City's 99 square miles, the City of Arlington, Texas is already doomed. Since this blog receives traffic worldwide, we want to share this message with you in hopes that we might spare you the pain and suffering we have had to endure as a result of living through the transformation of our once residential communities into dangerous industrial mining zones. We hope you enjoy the simplicity of this message, and we pray this doesn't happen to you. But if it does ~ know you are not alone in the battle.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

XTO Energy ~ A Master of Disguise?

If Arlington ever decides to host a "Master of Disguise" contest for "Best Concealment of Drill Site Equipment,"  XTO deserves to win the first-place prize.  This is not a strip mall of donut shops, dry cleaners, or smoke shops ~ it's even worse than that.  We are fairly certain that these concealment walls house gas lift compressors.  

Noisy compressors that can run off  RAW NATURAL GAS emit toxins into the air shed and thus, industry may register or obtain a permit (depending upon the size of the engine) through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.   Densely populated regions typically require electric compressors since gas compressors burn hydrocarbons.  Arlington does NOT mandate in its gas drilling ordinance that industry use electric ~ but hey,  why should they when industry helped write it.   

Fact:  When there is no rule, industry takes the cheapest route.

One resident from this area reported that when her grandchild comes to visit in this neighborhood he suffers recurrent nosebleeds.   When he returns to his home (away from drilling) he is fine.  People are also complaining about mothball type odors.

So, in addition to towering rigs erected next to homes, condensate tanks, truck traffic, industrial noise, flying frac sand, flowback vapors, and the installation of gas gathering pipelines transporting (NON-odorized) gas near our homes and schools, was the public supposed to "Intuitively" know about the addition of gas lift compressors too?  Why is it that so many people thought there would be one well and that well would be "miles away" and "we would never know they were here?"  Shouldn't the landmen have disclosed all of these details before hastily coercing people into signing leases?

  Rest assured, states an XTO official, "There are no impacts beyond the walls of these sites." 

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A big hug and thanks to our resident photographer for obtaining these photos of the Rose Drill Site located at 8101 U.S. Hwy. 287 in Arlington, Texas. 
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Arlington Summer Splash: Frac Pools

Fracing requires the use of tremendous amounts of water ~ typically around five million gallons per well.  Selling water to the gas industry is one of Arlington's cash cows.   

Unlike water used for showering or watering a lawn, water used for fracing is a one-time use.  Frac water is permanently removed from the hydrologic cycle because much of it remains down in the earth and the fluid which does return to the surface gets trucked off and disposed of in injection wells.

There are several ways to hold this water:  Frac Ponds, Frac Tanks, and now, Frac Pools.

Some of you may recall the Epic Monster Frac Pond that Chesapeake excavated 12 feet from Grand Prairie resident's backyards during the summer of 2010.  If not, click HERE.  

One of these frac ponds may be coming soon to Arlington residents who live near the Rocking Horse Drill Site.  Click HERE for that story.  Our flawed gas drilling ordinance fails to specify setback distances of  a frac pond to a protected use.  Since industry provided input with the writing of the ordinance, we wonder if this omission was deliberate.   

When frac ponds are not feasible, industry uses frac tanks.  Frac tanks hold 500 barrels, or the equivalent of 21,000 gallons of water.  This method is frowned upon in our City limits because each tank means one trailer load in and one trailer load out.  That's a lot of truck traffic to handle on our deteriorating streets.

We just learned that XTO Energy now uses Frac Pools.  Here is a short video which shows how a frac pool, aka Redneck Swimming Pool is constructed:

Next is a recent picture of a frac pool taken by one of our area resident photographers.  This is  XTO Energy's Rose Drill Site located at 8101 U.S. Highway 287 in Arlington, Texas:

Notice the color of that fluid in the pool.  Since many residents expressed concerns,  we inquired about this.  XTO assured us that only clean, potable water is in that pool.  They don't want tainted water.  Whew!  We're so glad they cleared that up!!  For a minute there we wondered if  fracing chemicals are mixed in that water.  But, as Walter Dueease, Regulatory Affairs Manager of XTO explained, the fracing process is not like baking cakes or cookies where all the ingredients get mixed in one bowl before they're put in the oven.

Perhaps they should leave this pool up after they complete fracing operations.  Neighbors would love to have a community pool, and we feel  this would be a positive contribution from the Oil & Gas Industry to the residents of Arlington who have to live next door to this stuff day in and day out.  Just think of all the happy children splashing around in there!!

For more reading enjoyment, click HERE for the story, "Pennsylvania High to Host Bizarre Swim Meet - In Fracking Fluid."