Williams Production Co. plans to construct a disposal well in Argyle in the Denton Creek flood plain with Bosque Disposal Systems as the operator. Residents are concerned about the potential for water contamination but Williams’ professional public relations employees continually downplay the risks. I can hardly wait to see the spin they apply to this news:
On page 58 of TCEQ’s recent air quality study benzene at a Bosque disposal well was detected at 1.1 ppbv which is 5 times the TCEQ normal background level, .2 ppbv.
Bosque Disposal Systems, LLC
During routine patrols with survey instrumentation on October 15, 2009, TCEQ staff detected moderate natural gas odors along Highway 171, approximately 2.5 miles north of FM 3450 (Site 76). Canister sample BSII0910-034 was collected at 11:53 and detected various pollutants including 1.1 ppbv of benzene.
But, that’s not all!
On page 67, the report indicates problems at another Bosque disposal well but for some mysterious reason no measurements were taken.
Bosque Disposal Systems
While patrolling with the GasFindIR camera in Johnson County along the Interstate Highway (IH) 35 West northbound access road on October 14, 2009, emissions were detected at the Bosque Disposal Systems wastewater disposal facility (Figure 83). The emissions were observed as condensate water waste was moved from trucks to the waste trough and eventually to the condensate tank area of the facility. Image BSF0910(10B), recorded from 11:33 – 11:35, from approximately 0.75 mile south of Pica Drive (Site 83) documented the emissions (Figure 84).
The Argyle disposal well will accept waste from a central collection facility in Flower Mound through a system of pipelines. The professional public relations people tell us there is no need for concern because these pipelines won’t leak. All pipelines leak.
This planned facility is in an unincorporated area without even the most basic regulations. Even if industry places all disposal wells, compressor stations and land farms in unincorporated areas of the Barnett Shale, the emissions and contaminated water won’t respect man-made boundary lines. We all share the same air and water and we’re all in this together.