I don’t know what’s going on here but I do know it has rained some the past couple of days, but not nearly this much.
I haven’t been to Arlington today because I’m enjoying my new wood stove. But, I have talked with three people who live in Arlington and they all said it’s been drizzling today but no heavy rain and no standing water.
This is the Fulson/Forks/West Wing Pad Site located at 5720 S. Hwy. 360, Arlington, TX, and operated by Chesapeake Energy. I can’t even count the number of complaints I have received from Arlington residents last week and this week. Arlington stinks and suddenly the residents are waking up to face the fact that the Big Gas Mafia has taken over their town.
Today Chesapeake is conducting flowback operations at this site. But, the residents don’t know this because the Gas Drilling/Planning & Development Director responded to their email queries. They know this because the flowback operator on the site told them. And he also told them not to worry about that “putrid” smell that causes “headache, dizziness, chest tightening, sore throat, burning eyes” and etc. because…
…according to the flowback operator, is only water vapor.
According to an Arlington resident:
I can tell you from standing right there that it was the most foul smelling disgusting odor and gave me a headache and tightness in my chest.
BTW, several weeks ago a woman contacted me because her 38 year-old husband had just died from brain cancer and lymphoma. He was a flowback operator. And, the company her husband worked for did not provide health insurance and has offered her no assistance in paying for the massive medical bills.
So, anyway, here’s what happened when a resident stopped by this site [with my smarty pants comments in brackets]:
When I inquired about the flooding, the Chesapeake employee said that someone would come and open the hatch to let the water flow out. (In my mind I was thinking, good lord!) [yeah, me too!] I questioned him wanting to know where it goes, but he didn’t know [Whaaaa?]. I asked if that water is tested since it may contain fracking chemicals or produced water, or other hazardous substances, and he said it would be checked for an oily sheen and that ‘they'[meaning Chesapeake] test for everything [feel safer?]. He did not know ‘who’ performs the testing, or ‘what’ specifically is being tested for. My guess is not much. [You catch on quick.]Then while discussing the white vaporous clouds which flow out from those [flowback] tanks, he indicated to me that it is just water vapor, and no chemicals. Gee, that sounds like something one of very own Arlington City Councilmen would say [Oh, let me guess: Mel Leblanc]. I asked if they would flare or vent and he said neither. He said if it vents, they shut it in. [I doubt that] Later that day when getting those photos, I can tell you that it was not just water vapor but something very dangerous and foul smelling. When I mentioned that many residents in the area are having health effects from this activity in their neighborhoods, he denied that possibility because he lives 1/2 mile from that pad site and his health is just fine. In fact, he just had his physical and everything is good. [That’s because he had his inoculation.] When I asked if the lab did a BTEX he didn’t even know what I was talking about but said they checked for a whole bunch of stuff.
I don’t know what Chesapeake is doing in Arlington but I know they read my blog everyday and sometimes they make comments so maybe they will tell us. I also know that Arlington is finally getting clued in to what life in the Gas Patch is like. When a “treehugger” like me gets emails from people with tag lines that profess they are a patriot, you are losing your base and those–as you like to say–with a “self-interest.”
UPDATE: Actual sign from fracking operation. Thanks for the reminder in the comments.