This is the same sludge pond I posted about HERE
This is also posted on Texas Kaos where you can see a much larger version of the pictures.
It still has a strong stench of sewage from where the drilling company dumped their sewage. It also has a strong chemical and hydrocarbon smell.
I called TCEQ and the EPA which was a major time suck. They couldn’t do anything about this; and they weren’t overly interested. I guess I’ll call the Texas Railroad Commission next which will be another major time suck.
Just this week, I was called a “Knucklehead” and a “Radical” by Will Brackett, Managing Editor of the Powell Barnett Shale Newsletter Shill. I think it’s clear that the radicals are the corporations that practice this kind of environmental abuse. From the comments on that post, they might have come out better striking a match at one of their well sites.
I’m not a wastewater technician, but I would bet my pet nanny goat that the solids floating in that pond are, at least partially, human feces.
Nice lining job, eh?
Sludge pits/ponds are used to hold exploration and production (E&P) waste.
- radioactive materials
- heavy metals
- other cancer-causing, toxic substances
exempts E&P waste
from federal hazardous waste regulations.
Pits endanger birds, wildlife and livestock.
- Evaporation releases chemicals (benzene) and volatile hydrocarbons into the air.
- Unlined pits leach chemicals into soil causing soil and groundwater contamination.
- Lined pits leach chemicals through tears in liner and through improperly installed liners.
- During rain, pits overflow and contaminate soil and surface water.
Regulation of pits and pit cleanup is extremely lax. Most of the pits I see every day have remained for many years
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
- Safe Drinking Water Act
- Clean Water Act
- Clean Air Act
- National Environmental Policy Act
- Toxic Release Inventory under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
Closing the exemptions and loopholes along with pushing for clean, renewable energy sources will help keep us safe and protect our environment for future generations.
UPDATE: The well operator is Braden Exploration LLC 086335
Lease Name is Moore
I also posted HERE