EPA must intervene in Texas!
Natural gas extraction creates massive amounts of toxic waste that requires disposal. This waste should be tested and regulated but that’s not happening in Texas. Arkansas learned the hard way the cost of leaving industry on the honor system to protect our air, soil and water when they discovered water contamination from landfarm runoff. As a result, Arkansas has revised their rules.
This is the only Centralized Landfarm Permit that the RRC has issued and since last May of 09, and they have never inspected it! When a landowner of the adjacent property requested testing results and why the fence, as required by the permit, had not been constructed, he received the following reply:
Date: 2/11/2010 9:33:22 AM
To: Dick Ross
Subject: Response to Open Records Request filed on 2/10/2010 at 8:26a.m.; Specified Inspection Reports on XTO CentralizedLandfarmFwd:
Mayfield-Kimbrell Centralized Landfarm
Regards Mr. Ross:
This is to inform you that this centralized landfarm has not been inspected from 5/19/09 forward. Accordingly, the Commission has no existing, available information responsive to this request.
I have closed our file on this request with the transmittal of this e-mail.
Please contact me directly at any time if you require any public information from the Commission in the future.
Attorney, Special Counsel Section
Office of General Counsel
Open Records Coordinator
Railroad Commission of Texas
P.O. Box 12967
Austin, Texas 78711-2967
Phone: (512) 463-6932
FAX: (512) 463-6684
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apparently, the TRC inspectors have has much trouble “seeing” runoff as they do “seeing” bubbles in waste pits because according to the following email, TRC inspector Roger Satterwhite drove by the landfarm and did not see any runoff.
From: Dick Ross
Date: 9/28/2009 2:49:45 PM
To: Debra Ravel
Subject: Re: Response to Public Information Request filed 9/25/09 at 10:34a.m. Nonhazardous Waste Regulated by SWR 8, not 98; No SignedCertification Required; Re: Emailing: entiremanual
Under this section, #25, Landfarming, states it SHOULD NOT MIGRATE OFF THE LANDFARM. SEE ATACHED PHOTOS!
It washed out a section of county road 4114, and washed into the adjoining farm on East Side of Landfarm. Oh, but Roger Satterwhite drove by and did not see any runoff!!
There is a landfarm in Wise County on FM 455 that is built on the side of a hill so, of course, it all rolls downhill and it’s obviously migrating off the landfarm.