Chesapeake Energy continues to vent the flowback tanks at the Fulsom Fulson site in Arlington. Residents complain of dizziness and strong, foul, pungent, sewer-like odors. Chesapeake seems to be following this recipe.
To see what this Arlington community is being exposed to, see the presentation given at a Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy public health conference by Wilma Subra, MacArthur Genius Award Winning Chemist and Board member of Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project.
To read a report detailing impacts of families and communities in the Barnett Shale, read FLOWBACK: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety.
Statement of concern by American Lung Association: Lung Association Expresses Concern Over Air Pollution From Fracking
Photos from today
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V.E. Enterprises is particularly proud of its specialty tanks for oilfield or other applications. These tanks include:
- Weir Tanks: typically built with up to 13 ‘flip up’ lids and two interior walls, these tanks are designed to settle solids as fluids flow through them. These are sometimes called ‘closed loop’ systems.
- Flowback Tanks: while there are variety of flowback designs, these tanks are designed to handle the higher velocity fluids (and vent sand) from a frac job and dangerous gases from the fluids as they flow from the well bore. These tanks are sometimes called ‘gas busters’ for the similar reasons.
- Double Wall Tanks: literally built as a ‘tank within a tank,’ V.E. Enterprises double wall tanks are particularly well suited for environmentally sensitive areas as an alternative to open or lined mud or waste-water pits.
UPDATE: More information from a petroleum engineer:
I don’t know if they always vent the tanks, but I will tell you that physics requires that they do something because gases are building up inside the tank at ambient temp/pressure — so they either vent the gas or compress it. If they vent they should at least burn it.
Video taken by Arlington resident.