A Year of Collecting Food Scraps in A Bucket

It has been my first full year of composting, or really, my first full year of saving food scraps and keeping them in a bucket on my fire escape until it gets picked up to be made into compost.


Each month before I set my bucket out on the front step, I used my hanging scale to weigh it, diligently tracking my results in a spreadsheet.


And now, here we are, twelve months later, and we have successfully diverted a total of 287 pounds (plus some here or there) from the landfill!

compost bucket7

It is pretty impressive and I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment!

Here’s the month by month breakdown of our food waste poundage.

  • January 15.5 lbs
  • February 17.22 lbs
  • March 12 lbs
  • April 18.71 lbs
  • May 8.8 lbs
  • June 20.44 lbs
  • July 22.84 lbs
  • August 25.4 lbs
  • September 19.74 lbs
  • October 21.61 lbs
  • November 18.5 lbs
  • December 14.58 lbs

That’s 287 pounds of organic matter going back into our soil and helping plants thrive. Wahoo!

How I Did on Those 2017 Goals

I made a number of goals for myself to be less wasteful last year. Find a refresher of what I aimed for here.

Without further adieu, let’s see how I did.


I am proud to say I crushed this goal!!! As of right now, without my December compost bucket weighed, we kept 272.91 pounds of food waste out of the landfill. Add in another 18-22 pounds from this month’s bucket and we almost doubled the goal! Holy cow!

In addition to composting at home, I am also planning on composting at my wedding in 2018.


Another goal semi-crushed! We partook in a CSA box this summer and I challenged us to only purchase locally grown food for 24 weeks. That’s not the entire year, so that’s why I say this goal is semi-crushed. We definitely made an effort though and are more cautious of where our food comes from.


I definitely still spent money this year, but I like to think that I did a decent job of not wasting money on frivolous purchases. From Craigslist buys to making a waiting list, I did employ tactics to keep money in my wallet. Having a tiny apartment also helps because I can’t buy things if I know there is nowhere to put them.


Still working on this one…


I still have a lot of clothes, plus there are still some clothes at my parent’s house. I am going to a clothing swap next month, so I am excited to see how that goes! As for repairing, I definitely tried mending a pair of jeans but failed miserably. At least I was able to give that pair a second life as housing insulation. My running shoes also get a second life as a track floor. I also pulled together resources for what to do with clothing and textiles that are beyond repair or normal use. Check that out here.


In terms of biking, this was one goal I did not really accomplish at all, but in terms of walking, I definitely did some of that. Where I live and work are both very walkable and also have access to great public transportation options.  I really do want to try biking to work, but that will have to wait until after the winter.

So all in all, I think I did a pretty good job with my goals! Still working on a few, but that’s okay.

What are your goals for 2018?




Most Loved Posts of 2017

It’s been a good year (at least for Waste Not Want Not).

I got engaged and the love showed for any of my wedding themed posts because the top three posts of 2017 were all wedding related.

1.) Finally Found Our Venue: Updated


2.) Introducing Waste Not Want Not Wedding


3.)Finally Found Our Venue

latin rhythms

But don’t worry, there was still love for posts that didn’t have anything to do with my upcoming nuptials.

4.) Where Does that Water Go When It Rains A Lot? 



McCook Reservoir


5.) How to Be a Craigslist Boss: Part 1


6.) Who Needs Cotton Balls?

cotton rounds

7.) Meal Kit Market Means More Waste


8.) A Recycling Conspiracy


9.) A Recycling Conspiracy Solved


10.) 10 Most Overlooked Ways to Reduce Waste: Part 1

10 most overlooked ways to reduce waste.p1 (1)

And there you have it! The Top Ten Waste Not Want Not posts of 2017! Can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring!

Bacteria in Barnett Shale Evolving to Being Antibiotic & Chlorine Resistant & Biocides Risk Failure too

Picture is at our drinking water reservoir, Lake Arlington. This 2015 pic was snapped on the Ft Worth side. Read on to find out why this is bad!

bowman springs drillThis picture is of Bowman Springs drill site. The water body you see is supposed to be a fresh water holding reservoir to mix the frack chemical secret sauce mixtures. (Spills happen…aka UTA SPILL video as a good example)

bowman springs drill drain

Note how drains are built into the pad sites and allowed into neighborhoods here in Arlington Gasland TexASS.

More pics here https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/unintended-retention-pond-in-downtown-arlington-entertainment-district/

UPDATE 1/3/2018…Turns out the “resistant” wastewater byproduct (being proliferated microorganisms from polluted groundwater found near fracking) are useful for bioremediation (for example Toluene and Chloroform chemical contamination). ….who’daTHUNK it? Please go to almost the bottom of this post for more info.
—–end update———-
Not only do the drilling operators have to deal with:
  1. failed biocides risk,……. drinking water treatment plants are finding
  2. organisms becoming more resistant to chlorine….and
  3. UTA Clear is finding dangerous bacteria that just happen to be found by the fracking sites are resistant to antibiotics…..in private water wells
What a triple play on that game changing shale play huh?
(update on 12/6/17- make that quadruple threat if U R pregnant near fracking)

An NBC DFW report on 12/1/17 was entitled

Studies Find Dangerous Bacteria Near Texas Fracking Sites


Reads “Two new studies from University of Texas at Arlington researchers show harmful bacteria levels in groundwater near hydraulically fractured gas drilling sites. 

The studies published in the peer-reviewed journal Science of the Total Environment show antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in private water wells in the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford Shale regions of Texas”. 

So I jumped in with additional information (including a possible natural solution-see bottom of post just above the pregnancy/leukemia risks) last May of 2017 that a TRA official had also said bacteria at the wastewater treatment plants were becoming Chlorine resistant too……Note if you don’t read to the end of this post…the link at the bottom also addresses how the operators at these drill sites depend on biocides and how they have issues of failures.…I give examples of how LOCAL Arlington residents may have been sickened with stale water odors when these biocides obviously have failed…either that or the glutaraldehyde or whatever biocide they used/use…overtakes…yes the airshed of our urban drilling areas …aka our neighborhoods! I know first hand of odors coming into my home and burning my eyes by the ATT Stadium in Jan of 2013…at which I sued Chesapeake in small claims court over. Through the court ordered emails I learned they had conflicting reports trying to explain the odors, of which one set of field notes will never be recovered because the TCEQ inspector was killed in an automobile accident in Houston after he went to work there.

So if you aren’t worried about groundwater, or drinking water becoming cleanable for human consumption, then maybe you don’t care about when the biocides fail and the well sours (they call it stale water) and how the odors can be bad enough to make your blood pressure soar and make you vomit.

No wonder why I took a break from blogging to go to work temporarily for an atmospheric water generating company…..I know first hand not to trust whats in and on the ground.

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Glaspie <michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov>; Kathryn Wilemon <kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov>; Victoria Myers <victoria.farrar-myers@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Shepard <robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; “roxanne.thalman@arlingtontx.gov” <roxanne.thalman@arlingtontx.gov>; Marvin Sutton <mabranic@sbcglobal.net>; Maria Carbajal <maria.carbajal@arlingtontx.gov>; Mary Kelleher <marykatekell1963@yahoo.com>; “mary.supino@arlingtontx.gov” <mary.supino@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay Warren <jay.warren@arlingtontx.gov>; Jason M. Allen <jmallen@cbs.com>
“austin.york@cbsradio.com” <austin.york@cbsradio.com>; “konni.burton@senate.state.tx.us” <konni.burton@senate.state.tx.us>
Sent: Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:56 AM
Subject: Fw: Dangerous Bacteria Near Barnett Shale drilling sites
So now Arlington has …what…. 65 ish urban drilling gas well pad sites of future Brownfields for MSD blessings to never remediate in the interest of economic development…..
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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Aaron Hoff <hoffa@trinityra.org>; Angela Kilpatrick <kilpatricka@trinityra.org>
Cc: Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <vengosh@duke.edu>; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; Kevin A. Schug <kschug@uta.edu>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <zac@informenv.com>; Brett Shipp <bshipp@wfaa.com>; “joe.gildersleeve@arlingtontx.gov” <joe.gildersleeve@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:48 AM
Subject: Dangerous Bacteria Near Barnett Shale drilling sites


FYI as a member of the Lake Arlington-Village Creek Water Protection Steering Committee, I wanted you to read my research on this topic.  This morning I see a news report catching up the general public….
I made a comment  on this NBC DFW article…Why oh why won’t those microbes die? Last May I blogged….http://bit.ly/2jEUiDr

An official from the Trinity River Authority commented of microbe testing that these bacteria are becoming chlorine resistant!!! ….

“The testing methods that determine species and viability are very complicated and expensive so most entities choose to go with the common enumeration method. That being said, it is important to test for these indicator organisms at the untreated/raw water intake point because they are resistant to the typical chemical disinfection processes that use chlorine and the number of in
gested viable cysts required for infection is pretty low“. 
And it is not just the TRA admitting to chlorine resistant bacteria…….
https://www.facebook.com/utaclear/posts/1821409414779123 reads….


March 2 ·
The CLEAR team finds pathogenic bacteria in highly chlorinated water from a public water supply well. These startling findings and more to be published in one of our next scientific manuscripts.

Earlier UTA CLEAR also had a white paper published and highlighted areas included:

“Geospatial modeling correlated groundwater chemicals to Barnett fractured wells,
Increased Beryllium strongly associated with hydraulically fractured gas well
Indirect evidence of pollutant migration via microannular fissures in well casings”

On UTA CLEAR”S publications page they wrote…..note I boldfaced for emphasis…
Characterizing Microbial Contamination of Groundwater

“CLEAR takes a comprehensive view of water quality analysis. Recently, new tests have shown that populations of bacteria can be altered in conjunction with chemical contamination of water supplies. This is a very new development in an understudied area of research. Our working hypothesis is that the presence of chemical constituents can upset the natural balance of microbial communities, enabling the grow of bacteria, which in some cases, could be more deleterious than the chemicals themselves with respect to human exposure. We are currently drafting our first manuscript on this topic for peer review. Featured will be our use of both mass spectrometric and biochemical methods for characterizing bacterial populations in a variety of groundwater samples”.   
The frackers like to frack with surface water and per an industry source…..
“Surface water, almost without exception, contains large populations of microorganisms, such as sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRBs) and acid-producing bacteria (APBs). So when a production company hires a service company to hydraulically frac a well, it is setting into motion a process that potentially holds both risk and reward. Hydraulic fracturing can open new parts of the reservoir for production; but it simultaneously injects microbes into fractured zones that can become established and cause serious problems, including formation damage, biogenic hydrogen sulfide (H2S), microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), and low-quality flowback water. Chemical companies exist to nullify these situations.”
“Bacteria are the arch-nemeses of hydraulically fractured wells, because water is the main ingredient in the fluids injected into oil and gas reservoirs during frac treatments.”
“…leading oilfield chemists have learned through exhaustive research and countless field applications over many decades: how virulent a bacterium can be if it finds a nutrient-rich environment and is left to reproduce unchecked. The implications of this latter point are significant, especially for companies using hydraulic fracturing technology in combination with advanced horizontal drilling…”
“A liquid scale inhibitor is introduced at surface into the acid for a frac procedure;
the corrosion inhibitor is introduced into the linear gel flush solution to be injected following the acid stage;
and a registered biocide is introduced in the fresh water prior to the gel chemicals being added.”
“…Once introduced into the reservoir, extremely small amounts of inhibitor and biocide are produced back to the surface throughout the flowback period, until the well is placed on production.”
“After the fracing process is complete, highly-trained field technicians must monitor biocide levels in flowback fluids, gather and culture bacteria for enumeration studies, and adjust future treatment parameters based on empirical indicators. Close monitoring optimizes the effectiveness of biocide treatments, which helps sustain production by reducing safety and environmental risks, chemical consumption and operating costs.”
This is more than you wanted to know I’m sure.
So what did you just read about these biocides?…The point is the biocides attempting to control these #frackONcrack microbes are being injected in these disposal wells! You know these disposal wells have no bottom right? In our area they are injected into the old salty ocean called the Ellenberger.
We hope they stay down there.
We hope the casings hold.
We hope there are no spills along the way.
We hope the truck manifests ACCOUNT for all fluids that are evacuated daily from each storage tank that are driven to these injection wells.
———–END email to our leaders——
So what to do about this issue……and rain happens at our pad sites too!
So how lucky am I to may see a solution to this triple threat?
Lets go ask the bacteria/microbe’s natural predator….. her name is……..PHAGE!!!
 UPDATE 1/3/2018
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Aaron Hoff <hoffa@trinityra.org>; Angela Kilpatrick <kilpatricka@trinityra.org>; Buzz Pishkur <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Jeff Williams <jeff.williams@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:26 AM
Subject: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform
The fact that these pathogenic bacteria can thrive in contaminated conditions and resist traditional treatment strategies should suggest several things to water managers and policymakers.
“These data indicate that traditional forms of disinfection may not be sufficient under all circumstances,” Dr. Hildenbrand cautions. “With that being said, the pathogens that we are detecting out in the field are beyond the purview of the current drinking water standards, so operators of public water supply wells who are required to screen for E. Coli and fecal coli form on a quarterly basis may think that they are thoroughly disinfecting their water when in fact they may not be killing the more resilient bacteria. Collectively these data suggest that federal and state drinking water standards should be expanded upon to include more bacterial species, and that we should explore alternative treatment methods beyond simple chlorination.”
The third study identified two unique species of bacteria that showed a capacity to degrade toluene and chloroform, and therefore could be exploited for the bioremediation of groundwaters contaminated with chemical solvents. There is more than one answer to how this discovery might be applied.”


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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>

Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:03 PM
Subject: Fw: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform

Craig Cummings, assistant director of treatment for ArlingtonWater Utilities.

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From: Buzz Pishkur <Buzz.Pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net> 
Cc: Aaron Hoff <hoffa@trinityra.org>; Angela Kilpatrick <kilpatricka@trinityra.org>; Jeff Williams <Jeff.Williams@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <Jim.Parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Trey Yelverton <Trey.Yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Craig Cummings <Craig.Cummings@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:02 PM
Subject: Re: UTA Clear study: Barnett Shale fracking related microorganisms can degrade toluene and chloroform
Just a reminder. Arlington like most of the metroplex cities uses surface water not well water as our source of supply. Arlington gets water from TRWD pipelines and our sources of supply in most cases are located a fair distance from  our city.

These facts do not infer that we are dismissive of water quality issues that may be related to energy industry activity. 

Sent from my iPhone

—end update Jan 2018———–

Last note kinda not related to above post but important…..
benzene pregnant women fracking.JPG

link here

Arlington residents planning pregnancy should also understand they may risk higher leukemia rates for their unborn which makes this post actually a QUADRUPLE threat to future water drinkers that have a higher risk of having leukemia.

……….update on a blanket assurance from our water director, Buzz Pishkur….and my response…..

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: Buzz Pishkur <Buzz.Pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Jay Warren <jay.warren@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Friday, December 8, 2017 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: 2015 pic of Wilbarger pad site draining off into Lake Arlington
  It takes a special testfor radioactivity in frack-water; the common drinking water test fails.  https://cen.acs.org/articles/92/web/2014/03/Analytical-Test-Underestimate-Radioactivity-Fracking.html
“Avner Vengosh, geochemist, Duke U, urges that Ra be measured in frack-water directly with gamma ray spectroscopy, Chemical and Engineering News ISSN 0009-2347, copyright @ 2017 American Chemical Society”.
So Mr Pishkur, please comment on how often NORM is measured and what methods are used, thanks.


From: Buzz Pishkur <Buzz.Pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: 2015 pic of Wilbarger pad site draining off into Lake Arlington


We process surface water but will continue to monitor all information related to assuring the quality of the eater our residents consume.

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 5, 2017, at 8:29 AM, kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Any comments regarding this picture or UTAClears’ recent publications on dangerous bacteria found in Barnett Shale private water wells that are resistant to antibiotics near fracking?

When Frack on Crack meets Herbicide Harry…..

I am so glad that Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is looking into educating the oil & gas industry in how to reduce herbicide use at pad sites. For example they need to know when the CORRECT application times/season are so as to not waste or over treat. But my gut is to NOT add any more chemicals to these…future Brownfield sites. I’m surprised anything grows at these well known “scorched earth” sites anyway.

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “justin.hale@ag.tamu.edu” <justin.hale@ag.tamu.edu>
Cc: Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <vengosh@duke.edu>; Aaron Hoff <hoffa@trinityra.org>; Angela Kilpatrick <kilpatricka@trinityra.org>
Sent: Friday, December 1, 2017 8:52 AM
Subject: Lake Arlington Village Creek info I gave you…
Justin, it was a delight to have you speak to me yesterday at the Lake Arlington-Village Creek Water Protection Plan steering committee meeting.
Thank you for explaining how GMO is different than GE. I still wonder why our cancer and ADD rates have spiked in the recent decades that seem to coincidence with the advent of food technology. I am now more environmentally aware (because of blogging about Urban Drilling risks) of our degraded air, soil, and water from industrial processes…so it must be more than just what we feed our bodies for these spikes.
On a different note…here is a link from Dr Vengosh related to drilling effluents that may be present at pad sites. So as you guys talk to the operators about herbicide use at these pad sites…please first contact Dr Vengosh to have a discussion on the risk for synergistic, unintended risks to groundwater and stormwater runoff.  
I have coined this as “frack on crack” risk situations and I cringe when the operators boast of recycling waste water when adding disinfectants to it risks having a more dangerous concoction than what they started with.
Mixing new chemicals with unknown present ones is always hard to test for yet alone try to regulate. All this in a state like here in Texas that does NOT testing for NORM which was a concern Dr Vengosh and I both share….one of the reasons I joined the steering committee.
Here is some recent work/abstract from Dr. Vengosh….
Additionally I have blogged….
Another report that appeared in the Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Environmental Science:
Processes and Impacts….
“However, the presence of various fatty acid phthalate esters in the Barnett and Marcellus produced waters can be related to their use in drilling fluids and breaker additives rather than their presence in connate fluids. Halogen containing compounds are found in each of the water samples, and although the fluorocarbon compounds identified are used as tracers, the presence of chlorocarbons and organobromides formed as a consequence of using chlorine containing oxidants (to remove bacteria from source water),suggests that industry should concentrate on non-chemical treatments of frac and produced waters.”  
SEPT 2014 Bromide UPDATE Laboratory Talk reported that Sept 2014 Rice University (RU) studied produced water from shale formations in Texas, Pennsylvania & New Mexico… “Initially, the project undertook chemical analysis of fracking fluids pumped through gas-producing shale formations in Texas, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Early findings suggested that shale oil and gas-produced water does not contain significant amounts of the polyaromatic hydrocarbons that could pose health hazards. Instead, the research team discovered minute amounts of other chemical compounds which led the team to suggest that the industry would be wise to focus its efforts on developing nonchemical treatments for fracking and produced water. RU team also found that produced water contained potentially toxic chlorocarbons and organobromides, most likely formed from interactions between high levels of bacteria in the water and salts or chemical treatments used in fracking fluids.
Barron said industry sometimes uses chlorine dioxide or hypochlorite treatments to recycle produced water for reuse, but these treatments can often enhance bacteria’s ability to convert naturally occurring hydrocarbons to chlorocarbons and organobromides.”
Thanks Justin for your interest and passion in a career of such importance to human health.
Kim Feil https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/ TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND “(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..” Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A, Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance No person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation, or property.

Cadmus Scientists Removed their Names From EPA Report Concluding that Fracking was Safe


Regis the Cat says That is Fracked Up

Here are my cut and paste highlights from The State Impact Pennsylvania news release over Thanksgiving holiday (when readership is down?) …….

“Concerns about the study (on fracking of coal bed methane) emerged from the outset, including a 2004 whistleblower complaint that called it “scientifically unsound.” Now, InsideClimate News has learned that the scientists who wrote the report disagreed with the conclusion imposed by the Bush EPA, saying there was not enough evidence to support it. The authors, who worked for a government contractor, went so far as to have their company’s name and their own removed from the final document……

The EPA and industry long maintained that fracking did not need federal oversight under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The EPA used the law to protect groundwater from other industrial activities, such as disposal of oilfield wastewater as part its Underground Injection Control (UIC) program…..

Against common scientific practice, the EPA urged Cadmus to include an oil industry study that had not been peer-reviewed. When Cadmus staff resisted, the EPA manager asked a Cadmus scientist, “‘Can’t you say something positive about it?’” the scientist recalled….

A March 3, 2004, EPA agenda entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing Project Status” listed among the tasks “Soften conclusions and ES [executive summary].”….

The final version of the report omits mention of public health except in the discussion of methodology and in paraphrasing public comments deep into the 463-page study.

EPA documents show Cadmus recommended revisions to reflect complaints by some Virginia residents about possible contamination of their water from fracking. The contractor raised the question of an investigation to see if the complaints were warranted. The final version did not include the changes Cadmus recommended, and EPA did not launch an inquiry into the complaints…..

The EPA decided the study’s conclusion should be that fracking did not pose a threat to groundwater and therefore did not require further study or federal oversight.

The Cadmus scientists came to believe that abiding by the EPA’s conclusion violated their standards of integrity. “If you say there is no risk associated with hydraulic fracturing, and we see risk, you either didn’t do a good job or you’re lying,” Sham said. “The data and analyses tell us there is risk associated with it, and we were asked to report there is no risk, and we can’t say that.”……

“We had no power over the final report. The only power we had was to take our names off it,” said a Cadmus team scientist who declined to be identified because of concerns about job security.”


Urban Drilling The Arlington Experience by City Water Director of Utilities

Short-Term Rentals & Urban Drilling = Arlington Nuisance Land Texas

city of arlington smog pic (2)

Division St pic near ATT Stadium 2013 note this is not a FLIR pic that shows invisible VOCS

A ban on bans started with Big Oil & Gas (HB40) having the heavy weight…..Arlington Voice wrote, “Senate Bill 451, which would have prevented Texas cities from banning short-term rentals and writing ordinances regulating the market. Middleton said. ‘The bill never even made it out of committee, because so many people testified so strongly against it.”


Heads up on local regulations to regulate the short term home rental market in Arlington Gasland Texas….I agree that having spaces that can sleep 30 invite t r o u b l e for quiet neighborhoods…two to a bedroom is not asking for much….we are a City of Entertainment and a Urban Drilling Town…both can disrupt neighborhoods………one can cause cancer though.

One thing I have not seen is the City to hand out nuisance charges to the frackers…looks like they haven’t been good at nuisance charges to short term rental abusers too…our town has NOT been able or WILLING to execute our nuisance ordinance…OR maybe IT IS NOT WELL WRITTEN?

I have blogged on nuisance issues and our sorry, ineffective ordinance…here..take your pick.

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Arlington TX FAIL Entertainment/Downtown Development Districts & Neighborhoods in preventing Urban Drilling Nuisance Odors

Arlington we have a problem (no provisions for Urban Drilling Nuisance odors)! —– Forwarded Message —– From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net> To: Trey Yelverton <trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Jim Parajon <jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov>; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Lana Wolff <lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov>; Charlie Parker <charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov>; Jimmy Bennett <jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael … Continue reading 

NUISANCE when we drank frack water = Lake Arlington residents July 2010

Now that our first fracking nuisance suit was won recently….I’d like to go back in time to revisit what a nuisance it was when frack water went into Lake Arlington (our drinking water reservoir) over night. One of the Quick Silver … Continue reading 

Nuisance Ordinance not being enforced- Chesapeake odor event two miles strong in Arlington Entertainment District

UPDATE Less than a year later the Truman drill site by the ATT Cowboys Stadium had an odor event that stank up the Entertainment District in Arlington, yet NO NUSIANCE VIOLATION was found!… And here is the map from Harwell … Continue reading 

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Pictures of Lake Arlington Flooding

UPDATE: Bluestone withdrew its request for injection well near Lake Arlington. —————— Here is the proposed location of the BlueStone Resources Injection Well where the red flag is. Note the lines under the lake, our drinking water source, is littered … Continue reading 

Arlington TX honored at US Conference of Mayors but NOT for water protection from fracking

Here is the link to the conference video, and while an Arlington AFD proactive in home health program received an Outstanding Achievement Award, water worries was second on the conference agenda. Arlington has allowed frack wells dangerously close to the shores of … Continue reading 

Going Long on Chesapeake=short it HAH! Arlington Fractivist comments to EPA SAB

Playing the stock market with Global Warming up the scene takes guts because…dang it there’s no future in Global Warming! http://seekingalpha.com/article/3981134-global-warming-jeremy-granthams-highest-conviction-long-term-trade#alt2 I sent two messages to our city council and staff: my Arlington related comments to the EPA SAB fracking … Continue reading 

Arlington looks 2 improve gaswell decibel related rules but NOT odors?

Tuesday, 6/7/16 select Arlington city council members Rivera, Galspie, Parker, & Wilemon met for a (continued) gas well committee meeting presented by gas well coordinator, Collin Gregory.I have a PIR for any prior communications on gas well policy discussions and … Continue reading 

Demand BACT from Arlington TX officials

Live in a state like Texas where they banned fracking bans? Worried drilling may start or come back to frack your town? Then copy this petition add or delete, whatever just get this to your city council and get this conversation going … Continue reading 

Urban Drilling correlates w/almost TRIPLE TTHM in Arlington TX drink’n water + 2009 anomaly (spill ?)

Update July 27 2017 Regis my cat is home from ICU (see below) and he is NOW out of the woods.  Days after posting his illness after he was drinking tap instead of his usual Arlington filtered, The Environmental Working … Continue reading 


Plague Outbreak Coinciding with Bone Turning Ritual Parallels Human Quest to Self Exterminate Unearthing Fossil Fuels

There is a horrifying Pneumonic Plague happening right now in Madagascar! “The World Health Organization has announced the death toll has reached 171 in the country and another 2,119 are infected…..’If a person dies of pneumonic plague (600 a year on average) and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for a Famadihana, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body,” The Famadihana ritual (of re-shrouding the body…uuum bones) occurs during plague season too! That these infected people are afraid of hospitals and fleeing before getting treated is unfathomable but …here’s a thought….. so to do we keep burning fossil fuels at the warming plague peril of this planet…. humans are wired to self exterminate? Maybe I should restate that we elect leaders and allow corporations to do this for us.

Read more snippets of “events” in my plague diary going back to 2013

Recently acquired Baker Hughes at risk of GE disposal to focus on RENEWABLES!

In July 2017 GE was the proud owner (well 62.5%) of one of the world’s largest oil services company,  Baker Hughes, which is headquartered in Houston. GE thought they were getting a good deal in merging Baker Hughes with “their” oil and gas division.

Per the Houston Chronicle GE wanted “…to create an energy services giant to rival Halliburton for the position as the world’s second-largest services company after Schlumberger. Not coincidentally, the deal came after Halliburton’s planned takeover of Baker Hughes collapsed last year amid antitrust concerns. GE swooped in when that merger fell apart“.

Because GE has lost $100B in market value in 2017, they are focusing in on ….

ge fracks Baker Hughes

…three of its core businesses: aviation, healthcare, and….(not DEEPFRAC) power.

ge power

Sure looks like wind turbines to me?

So how good of a deal will the fire sale (pun intended) for Baker Hughes be for the next swooper-upper? My prediction is it will be a foreign (Egyptian? or Total/French?) based company owning them….aahhm, U.S.