Aruba Petroleum operates several wells in my neighborhood. One of those wells is about 1/2 mile from me. Several years ago before I knew much about natural gas development, I drove by that well on my way home and saw gray, slimy goo all over the pasture. It was running down the road and into Rush Creek. Rush Creek flows into Denton Creek which that should be a concern if you live in the Metroplex.
Now I know it was flowback, but I didn’t know that then which is a shame because it should have been reported as a toxic spill. It killed everything in the pasture and even now, 4 or 5 years later, only weedy scrub grows. But, this post isn’t about that incident.
Aruba is drilling several wells in and around the Allison/Slidell area. I’m going to share some pictures and video from their operations in that area. These videos and pictures should be of interest to folks in the Barnett Shale, Marcellus Shale and Haynesville Shale areas as a model of Aruba Petroleum’s operations and landowner relationships.
The pictures below were taken at an Aruba Petroleum drilling waste or sludge pit. (If you click on any of the pictures, you can see a larger version.)
I heard this second hand so I can’t really verify it but: The Aruba Petroleum guy said the stuff in the pit was so safe he would drink a glass of it. Where have we heard that one before? I also heard a bunch of this gunk was dumped back into a nearby pond.
I just want to say: Aruba Dude! I’ll bring my camera. Anytime you’re ready to drink that stuff just let me know!
This is really nothing. Wait till you see the video I’ve got. I’ll have it ready in a few days.
Edit: I was way too tired when I posted this. I did some edits but not enough.
Barnett Shale: In Your Backyard
NPR: State Tests Air Around Drilling And Pipeline Sites
Looking Out a Barnett Shale Kitchen Window
And the story continues…
Aruba Petroleum, Operations in the Barnett Shale – In your backyard
Spill on Aruba Petroleum Barnett Shale Drill Site!
VIDEO: Aruba Petroleum Toxic Spill in Barnett Shale
Aruba Petroleum Toxic Mess in Barnett Shale
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That's nasty! I wonder why Aruba doesn't use a closed look system. Some areas are banning these pits.
That makes 3 people who will drink the toxic waste!
this one too:
"I’d be willing to drink what comes out of this [frac water processing]plant," said Mosteller, owner of Wyoming Somerset (in PA).