“This is coming to a neighborhood near you,” Ahmed Fakhri, Wild Well Control senior safety and emergency response specialist, told Arlington fire fighters. “Sooner or later you are going to have an event.”
Is your city ready for the inevitable event?
According to an article in the Star-Telegram, Arlington firefighters are in training for catastrophes at gas wells but the fracking industry is suing the City of Arlington because they don’t want to use any of their record profits to pay for the training.
Arlington firefighters train to deal with fires at gas wells
Posted Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012
BY SUSAN SCHROCK
A few items for your consideration:
- There are approximately 2.5 blowouts per 1000 wells .(There are nearly 16,000 Barnett Shale wells.)
- Oil & gas fires can burn for a long time. A really long time.
- Well sites are not secure so tampering happens,
- Equipment at well sites gets broken/wears out.
- Vapor clouds of toxics accompany most of these events.
- It takes a specialized emergency crew like Wild Well Control a minimum of 4 hours to respond.
The City of Arlington will charge a $2,397 fee per well to help fund the emergency preparedness program.
Industry representatives have argued against the gas well program, saying it could create “potentially unsafe measures, unreasonable costs and additional burdens that may prohibit the industry from quickly and safely managing any unforeseen or unplanned critical incident.” The industry also calls the additional inspections unnecessary given well operators’ safety record within the Barnett Shale.In May, the Texas Oil & Gas Association and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association sued Arlington, saying the city is trying to unfairly “expand its revenues by taxing a single industry.” That suit was filed in a Tarrant County civil court.