This Aledo disposal well less than a mile from a subdivision where people get their drinking water from groundwater opened 18 months ago and just received its first inspection due to a complaint.
Does anyone else remember my post about John Tinterra of the Texas Railroad Commission lying at the Barnett Shale Expo?
John Tinterra stood onstage and told a room full of citizens who pay his salary that the Texas Railroad Commission inspects injection wells every month. He also said that they do drive-by inspections each week. I have witnesses!
The quote that played in the background of my mind during Tinterra’s presentation comes from the movie Cold Mountain and was delivered by Ruby who was played by Rene Zellweger:
That man is so full of manure we could plant him and grow another one!
Maybe someone remembers this mess of a disposal well that got a faked inspection just before I took these pictures.
This Aledo facility was leaking to the extent that local residents saw wet spots on the ground. There were two spills above ground and the well was leaking below ground. But the company gets a pass because they say they didn’t know…
I was speeding once and didn’t know it. I still got a ticket.
Is there anyone out there who still believes that the Texas Railroad Commission is anything other than a paid protector of the oil and gas industry?
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Make NO mistake about it–the RRC is a well groomed LAPDOG of the industry. If you don't believe that, then try to get the RRC to help you (an ordinary citizen)! If you make a complaint to the RRC, go down (unanounced) to the district office and get a copy of your complaint and their investigation report. YOu may be surprized as what the record says that you said!!