If you stayed until the bitter end of the recent Denton Town Hall meeting, and if you were still conscience, the bombshell of the entire meeting is revisited in the Denton Record Chronicle article below.
Change of plan raises concern
Company says feedback from community a factor in disposal well decision
Sunday, February 14, 2010
By Lowell Brown
The state has detailed standards for disposal wells but lacks rule-making authority over wastewater pipelines, state officials said last month in Lantana during a public meeting on Williams’ plans.
The railroad commission’s pipeline safety division does not inspect wastewater lines, officials said at the meeting. The commission’s oil and gas division would respond only if the pipes leaked and cleanup was required, they said.
This means that wastewater pipelines have no oversight. Period. Think Wild, Wild West with toxic waste.
I’m not buying the line from Williams that their decision to move the disposal well was based on community input. Every disposal well has objections from the community. But, who knows why they changed the plan.
Whatever the reasons for the change, the ultimate result will be bad news for someone somewhere because drilling waste is a fact that we cannot wish away.
I personally like the idea put forth that the waste and compression should be handled at each individual well site.