I took some pictures of a Barnett Shale Class II Commercial Injection Well near me. This site was inspected and found to be safe and in compliance by the Texas Railroad Commission a few days before I took these pictures.
I watched and waited and took more pictures.
Brandon Evans wrote, Commercial disposal well raises concerns, for the Wise County Messenger. His investigations found evidence in the nearby creek bed of the same spillage found at the site.
A friend took more pictures and did some investigations.
I sent a formal complaint to the Texas Railroad Commission and they reinspected the site. The second inspection found numerous violations so the well was shut-in with a deadline for compliance.
Today I got the results of the latest inspection report. Since the well is still out of compliance, the Texas Railroad Commission district office is taking the following actions:
Pursuant to the provisions of Statewise Rule 9(6)(A)(i, iii) this district office is filing a request for a hearing to cancel the disposal permit issued to the subject lease. Additionally a severance is being issued against the lease for failure to comply with the cited rules.
Apparently there will be one less place for Barnett Shale operators to dump their toxic soup.
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John Coby says
Very very cool!
Is the RRC as worthless as the Ethics Commission?
Sounds good. However, from what I read, you will now have the priviledge to spend a bunch of money at the RRC hearing process–hire lawyers, experts, etc. Then if you win there, the 3 commissioners can overturn that in the twinkling of an eye. Then on to court, more thousands of dollars of money. Worthless RRC.
Anon 3:40: You’re thinking of a different injection well. This long time operating well is out of compliance with regulations and failed to bring the facility into compliance in the alloted time so it’s being permanently shut down.
Sharon, EOG Resources put a huge noisy compressor station adjacent to our 100+ residential development in once quiet Johnson county. No noise ordinance to protect us so I started a web awareness campaign to spotlight their pursuit of profit at significant cost to the environment and property values – eogresourcespollutes.com. Any thoughts on putting pressure on this company to be a better neighbor? Sounds like an airplane engine that can often be clearly heard a mile away.
Oh my! What a monstrosity!
I think your best leverage would come from being very vocal. Write letters to the paper and post on all the blogs like the Star-Telegram Barnett Shale Blog. That way other people will hesitate before signing. If that happens maybe they will deal with the situation.
Call Mike Lee at the Star-Telegram. And contact Don Young with FWCanDO.
That’s got to wreck your quality of life. =(