Quick update on the Aruba Petroleum condensate spill and wellbore leak/gas seep:
If you have a late night emergency at your Barnett Shale well, here’s what you do:
The Texas Railroad Commission’s emergency number is: (512) 463-6788. Maybe it’s only a half-assed emergency number because so far they have responded once out of two calls.
There is still no emergency contact posted for Aruba. That’s negligence and denial. They need an entire emergency swat team.
The TCEQ 12 hour response hotline number for odor complaints is still working great. TCEQ inspectors were at the site 1st thing the next morning and they called the TRC. (I have some test results from an odor complaint made at a Chesapeake Energy well that shows AMAZING levels of methane and chemicals escaping. I’ll post those later. Keep making those odor complaints and send the results to me.)
The TRC and Aruba showed up at the same time, again. A hatch on top of the condensate tank had been left open.
A vacuum truck came to vacuum up the spilled, greenish liquid and Aruba power washed the tanks. Aruba can be seen power washing tanks frequently.
I wrote the TRC District 8 office a letter about the bubbles and sent a link to my blog post. They came right out and, this time, could see the bubbles. When they pressed down on the earth near the bubbles, the bubbling increased. They took pictures and scratched their heads.
Methane is leaking. It looks just exactly like this: 2008 Divide Creek Seep. I sent this link to the TRC.
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