This is happening now in Arlington at Chesapeake Energy’s Bruder site:
Recently, Chesapeake Energy PR spokesperson, Julie Wilson (no relation) told Arlington residents that the emissions from their completion operations were only steam.
“The “vapor” you see from the tanks on this site is steam from hot water. […] Despite the alarming stories that are unfortunately sometimes circulated, we can assure you there are no harmful emissions to worry about.”
Arlington residents challenged Chesapeake Energy to prove they are releasing nothing but hot water but Chesapeake Energy did not respond.
I sent an email to the TCEQ alerting them that flowback would soon start at Chesapeake’s Bruder well and asking them to step up with some air monitoring but they did not respond.
In Colleyville on the Southlake border, Titan Energy Operating did what was called a “mini-frack” which does not compare to the completion operation currently happening at Chesapeake Energy’s Bruder site which is a full-fledged frack.
The City of Colleyville hired an independent contractor to monitor the Titan “mini-frack.” Their full report can be read HERE. An analysis of the report follows:
Single Stage Frac Job in the Barnett Shale in February 2012
In a residential area. Company assured residents there would be no air emissions.
Consultant for city detected:
Flow Back Water
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC) 8 ppm in emissions (to convert that to
ppmppb add three zeros)
Open Frac Tank Emissions from Open Hatches Released
During Hydro Fracturing Emissions
During Hydro Fracturing and Flow Back Operations Emissions
Recommendations: Need for improved emissions capture and removal of VOC emissions during fracturing and flow back operations.
I think it’s safe to say that, based on the above, Chesapeake’s emissions during completion are not just steam.
Please see: Study finds living near fracking is risky for health.
Watch for more information about the “mini-frack” coming next week.