When they told us they were on Jeter Road to stay, this is what Williams listed in their fact sheet for Jeter Road –
- 18 tanks with a steel tank skirt
- VOC emissions control on tank battery
- two pipeline compressors
- two gas-lift compressors
- metering facilities
The fact sheet writers encouraged the neighborhood to look forward to the day when the equipment would be wrapped in designer barns and the landscape, now decimated, restored with native beauty.
We see all the “produced water” tanks back there, just spitting distance from Whites Branch, which flooded on Wednesday. We sincerely hope that tank skirt held up.
The frack tanks (nasty things, we count at least six below) are as far away from the flood plain as possible – that’s good, except when considering that puts them right next to the homes of two families.
Frack tanks — which are there to collect toxic waste – are not on the list, by the way. What is being collected there? We don’t know. Frequently, at other sites, when a frack tank springs a leak, operators have to notify state health services and call in the big boys, because they have to clean up NORM. Radium-226 and radium-228 are the two most common radioactive elements to travel up gas and oil wells. As they decay, they emit radon gas, the second-leading cause of lung cancer.
And what is all this other equipment going in?
It’s starting to look a lot like the natural gas processing plant Williams has in Flower Mound, where Picarro measured a methane plume greater than 40 parts-per-million. (Poor Picarro, their nifty mobile gear doesn’t measure concentrations greater than that).
In sunlight, methane breaks down into formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
Here is glamour shot number one.
Probably a separator – again, not on the list of what Williams said would go on Jeter Road. Flash emissions from a separator are vented directly into the atmosphere – benzene, toluene, xylene — the kinds of toxic compounds showing up in the blood of Dish residents.
Here is glamour shot number two.
This could be a glycol dehydrator – another item not on the list. This is old technology — it even looks used. Natural gas operators have known for more than 15 years that desiccant dehydrators are the way to go.
Poor Valerus. Do they know Williams installed their equipment a few hundred feet from a child’s bedroom window?
Smarter people than all of us at ABCAlliance (and we’re pretty darn smart) point to that tall cooling tower and caution us that it could be an amine treater or other kind of reboiler.
Nowhere on the TCEQ’s new inventory has the agency counted an amine treater in the Barnett Shale. So, if we’ve got one, we’re really special. TCEQ has even denied there is an amine treater in Dish, although Dish officials dispute that.
That kind of treater means the raw gas has too many inert constituents – like carbon dioxide or hydrogen sulfide – to go into the pipeline. Now, where have we heard about H2S in our community before?
Either way – glycol or amine — that’ll be some foul-smelling, brain-melting stuff.
Here’s a fun fact from Wikipedia: most of the 64,000,000 metric tons of sulfur produced worldwide in 2005 was byproduct sulfur from refineries and other hydrocarbon processing plants.
Now if Williams is doing anything with hydrogen sulfide gas, the Argyle Town Council, in a peculiar gesture as they “approved” the pipeline plan earlier this year, said the company has to shut it all down.
Over here at ABCAlliance, we’re not getting too excited about that provision. This is the same group of people who have rolled out the plushiest, cherry-on-top red carpet for Williams.
Williams and its “public utility” Mockingbird Pipeline didn’t tell the community what they are doing over there on Jeter Road and they never will. And the people who collect our taxes, paid in good faith that everyone gets equal protection under the law, do not care — not the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Denton County and especially not the Argyle Town Council.
Sins of omission are the worst kind.