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Monday, July 14, 2014

When Lightning Strikes

Having spent many summer days down at the Jersey Shore, the word saltwater conjures up images of the beach and the way an accidental gulp of ocean water tastes.  So, naturally, when the oil and gas landmen came into our communities talking about the saltwater, it sounded as benign as a day at the beach.  

What we learned later was horrifying.  This "produced water/saltwater/brine" as the industry calls it, is far from benign.  It is up to 30 times saltier than ocean water and contains toxic metals, chemicals, and radioactivity.  This by-product of oil and gas is stored in tanks next to our homes, schools, and businesses throughout North Texas.  

On July 7th lightning struck a North Dakota saltwater facility sending hot flames and thick, black plumes in the air.  According to an article in Fuel Fix dated July 8, 2014,  

"North Dakota and other oil producing states do not require companies to install lightning protection systems on their oil field facilities."   

Arlington, Texas does.  

In fact, as stated in the Fire Prevention Code, gas well operators are required to install lightning arrestor systems at their facilities on all gas well tanks and equipment:

We scrolled through inspection reports and found that Chesapeake FAILED ~ not only at the Fulson Site located in the Fish Creek Neighborhood ~ but at many gas drill sites throughout the City.

Since it's VERY tricky to find gas drilling information on the City's newly designed website, we've linked to Chesapeake's quarterly inspection reports for you.  Click here to see if your gas well site is in violation. 

Let's hope and pray they comply with the ordinance before the next storm.  I hear thunder as I write this post.

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  1. I noticed they also were missing some security cameras.

    1. Yes, that is correct. Some sites still do not have security cameras. The City tells us that Chesapeake is in the process of getting those installed, and that they should be in compliance soon. Not sure what's taking so long. Maybe they are running out of money due to all the lawsuits filed against them.

    2. Maybe the City doesn't think anyone is actually reading these reports? Pacifying the residents with an "Inspections Report" ~ Dirt Cheap.

    3. If the City were to conduct a REAL inspection, they would do it DURING an active fracking operation, and the findings would be horrifying.

    4. Few people living in our neighborhoods understand the dangers of these's a catastrophe waiting to happen. People know to avoid "mistakes" others made in the past...but this is a NEW kind of mistake in progress and few leaders are willing to admit it's a mistake, yet. Human nature works that way, unfortunately.