Plans are in the works to install a drilling waste/injection well disposal site in Denton County where they will inject 25,000 barrels/day of drilling waste water that industry calls “untreatable for human or agricultural use” AND a compressor station. Denton already has the worst air in Texas (see page 12) so what the heck, might as well set the record on bad water too. Since the disposal well site is in a flood plane, other water sources could be contaminated as well.
Denton gets Double Wammy!
See these two Denton Record Chronicle articles:
Natural gas facilities planned near Argyle
Water supply groups oppose disposal well, compression station
12:25 AM CST on Sunday, January 10, 2010
By Lowell Brown / Staff Writer
Proposed wastewater disposal site in Denton County raises concerns about groundwater quality
12:00 AM CST on Sunday, January 10, 2010
By WENDY HUNDLEY
Texas Railroad Commission spokeswoman, Ramona Nye says we shouldn’t worry about water contamination because…
Each well must be tested for mechanical integrity after it is built and must be inspected once a year. To date, the commission knows of no groundwater contamination by disposal wells in the Barnett Shale, Nye said.
If you never test the groundwater for contamination,
then no contamination will ever be found.
Testing for contamination is left up to private citizens who most often can’t afford the expensive tests. Even when contamination is discovered, industry rejects the results and calls for additional testing until private citizens are drained dry financially. Ask Panola County residents, who are still battling the ill affects from disposal wells, how that works.
Bartonville Water Supply Corp. general manager, Jim Leggieri likened the disposal well to placing a toilet in the kitchen.
“You don’t put a toilet in a kitchen, which is what they want to do,” Leggieri said of the proposed injection well.
Believe it or not, it’s been done and was an EpicFail.
Speaking of EpicFail, Texas made national news because we have the most drilling and worst regulation. And one example used to highlight this EpicFail was “An Injection Well, Up Close and Personal” (with lots of pictures).
Texas is WAY out of balance! See a graphic statistical comparison HERE.
No state has more drilling than Texas, which has 273,660 wells and just 106 regulators to oversee them.
Eighty-three of Texas’ regulatory staffers conduct field inspections, according to the commission, meaning each person is responsible for almost 3,300 wells, many of them requiring several visits in a year.
Additional information about injection wells:
Barnett Shale Disposal Well Problems Concern Rural Residents but Not Texas Railroad Commission
More on Aledo Injection/Disposal Well
A Sink Hole Up Close and Getting Way Too Personal
Injection Well Near Homes Cited Again
Geologist Weighs in on Texas Earthquakes
Injection/Disposal Well Failure Dismissed by Texas Railroad Commission
Barnett Shale Earthquakes Caused by Drilling Expert Says
Former Railroad Commissioner is Finally Honestly Employed
Basic Energy operated that injection well that poisoned the water of DeBarry residents back about when this guy was a commissioner.
Basic Energy appoints Antonio O. Garza to its Board of Directors
Don’t Miss Brett Shipp’s Special Report: Injection Wells and the Public Interest.
Texas Injection Wells and Sinkhole Make National News
I could go on for quite a while longer or you can scroll through the posts under the Category “injection well.”
Here’s a slide show of the EpicFail showing how TRC inspections work. Click on any slide for a close up.
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Cheap Tricks and Costly Truths says
Great post Sharon! I love the pic of the toilet in the kitchen! It seems such a daunting task, this saying no business. Where's Nancy when we need her the most?
Christine Heinrichs says
Thanks for bringing more attention to these outrages. You are shining light on them before they are approved and drilled.