If you missed the part about the toxic bubbling pit that EPA instructed Aruba Petroleum to haul away, you can read about that and see pictures and video HERE. You will notice that the Texas Railroad inspector was unable to see any bubbling when he “inspected” the site so I wrote the email below.
From: TXsharonDate: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:06:15 -0500To: Tyler Henderson; Wade TidmoreCc: Walter GwynSubject: Wright 7H & 8H, Aruba Petroleum well site
Dear Mr. Henderson and Mr. Tidmore,
Over the past several months, I have become good friends with Tim and Christine Ruggiero on Star Shell Rd. in Wise County. They are my Wise County neighbors who contacted me for help when Aruba Petroleum showed up on their property unannounced to drill Wright 7H & 8H. I have visited their property many times since last September.
About 2 months ago, Christine mentioned that the drilling waste pit on their property was bubbling. I’ve seen many pits since drilling in the Barnett Shale began but I’ve never seen one bubble so I drove out to witness this for myself. The pit was, in fact, bubbling. In the beginning, it was only bubbling from one or two places. Later the bubbling was widespread throughout the pit. The small holes that emitted the bubbles looked like crawdad holes except, after a while, the water surrounding the holes turned red.
If you use Google, you will learn that water often turns red from methane leaks.
Aruba has since moved the pit contents off the site and there was nothing left but a big, dry hole until the recent rain when a small puddle formed. Shortly, the small puddle started bubbling and not long after that the water turned oily.
Something is obviously leaking! This could be a potentially extremely dangerous situation and it needs immediate attention!
We have many pictures of the bubbles and some video. Some media outlets also have pictures and video. You can see some pictures and a short video that was taken weeks ago at the link below.
It is unimaginable to me that anyone could visit this site, look at the pit and not notice the holes and bubbling.
Please consider this a formal complaint.
Sharon Wilson, Organizer
Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project
They got right out to the Ruggiero place and this time they saw the bubbles. That was on the 18th. Today, the 25th, there was still no further word from the Texas Railroad Commission.
The bubbles ignite. We’ll have some video of the Ruggieros’ new tiki torches soon. In the meantime, here is a video from today:
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