It’s no surprise to anyone that there is a lot of air pollution in Arlington. Fracking and drilling there is endless
Citizen Empowerment Project documents fracking air pollution in Arlington, Texas
Last November, I had a couple of hours and wanted to help citizens document air pollution in Arlington. Earthworks has a FLIR camera we use in our Citizen Empowerment Project. If there are any citizens in the fracking sacrifice zone who need empowerment, it’s Arlington.
This first video was taken at Chesapeake Energy’s Fulson site. All kinds of hell and fracking air pollution has happened here through the years. Now the residents are stuck with the inevitable line compressor that spews volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde endlessly. This magnifies the ozone and overall air pollution in Arlington. Note all the homes on the map that surround this facility.
UPDATE: For more information on the Fluson site see Fish Creek Monitor.
The next site, DFW Midstream Bulldog Compressor Station, was truly horrible! We were not downwind but we could still smell a strong odor that caused burning eyes and a headache. My throat swelled and ached. You’ll see why when you watch this video. Please note all the homes nearby and note that the air pollution is traveling quite a distance.
Because we detected odors, the resident with me filed a complaint about this release with the TCEQ. The investigation is ongoing.
Now that Dallas is in ‘SEVERE’ non-attainment for ozone, it’s important for city governments to take steps to protect public health. Requiring emission control devices on all oil and gas facilities would help.
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We had strong odorized methane odors wafting into our neighborhood (to the east of southeast Arlington and the Fulson site) about a month ago. Since we thought the odors might be related to a distribution line, Atmos was notified and told us to evacuate our home. The strong odor of rotten eggs subsided soon thereafter.
This is the second time we noted this kind of issue in the past 5 months. TCEQ was called out for the first one. When Atmos did arrive to inspect the area (3 hours later) they told us they had 18 other calls from our general area about this same odor. The inspector told us this is happening frequently and they most often never locate the source but that the natural gas from these drilling sites is odorized (yes, that’s what he said) and can be travelling through the atmosphere for many, many miles from its source. There’s a compressor (not a station) just to the west of us…about 1/2 mile. But he mentioned it could be coming from as far away as North Arlington. The Atmos representative seemed very frustrated with all of it.
Hydrogen Sulfide is in hydrocarbon formations and it smells like rotten eggs.
Anything is possible when things are apparently “wafting” so far from their sources. Without superior emission controls or any controls, or enough immediate inspections from TCEQ (they show up weeks after a Complaint is filed??) North Texas is already one big industrial zone. We have our state’s legislature to thank for doing absolutely nothing about it and letting this happen so close to our homes and neighborhoods. And they tell us we don’t need the “federal government” to help us? We sure do need somebody to help. Or divine intervention. This grand experiment needs to stop. God. Help. Us.