Aruba Petroleum is an irresponsible, arrogant driller that should be shut down. They have made horrible, toxic messes all over Wise County and now they and our state regularots are ignoring a situation that could be extremely dangerous for one Wise County family.
This particular Aruba Petroleum screw-up started with a few bubbles in their drilling waste pit. People in the industry and our Texas Railroad Commission inspectors seemed incapable of seeing the bubbles even though they are surrounded by a red liquid.
For all the background on this methane seep and how Aruba Petroleum and how Texas Railroad Commission District 8 Manager, Walter Gwyn and inspector David Screeve are ignoring this dangerous situation see
Wellbore leak at Aruba Petroleum Barnett Shale well site
Something bubbles up at Aruba Petroleum Barnett Shale gas well
In the following video you can see that the bubbles ignite. There are literally hundreds of these holes seeping and bubbling out methane all over the Ruggiero’s pasture. The area is uphill from the Denton Creek and, as the video shows, the toxic leakage washes into Denton Creek.
Leaking methane can migrate and often travels up the outside of pipes in foundations of homes. There is can build up and explode.
See the Ruggiero’s in the Denton Record Chronicle:
with a picture slideshow showing the bubbles in one area and the runoff into the Denton Creek watershed.
Also see the Wise County Messenger story:
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Aruba should be shut down immediately! I cannot believe how incompetent this operator is! How many spills and screw-up and cover-up do they get? A regular citizen would be behind bars for this kind of endangerment!
I can hear the statement from Aruba now, "It's just saltwater, that, uhhhh……burns."
Same thing will come from the RRC–It's just SAAAAALT WAAAAAATER! Don't worry, we (the RRC) have everything under control! Wanna believe that BS?
If the person who owns these minerals rights had any character or integrity, they would purchase the Ruggiero's surface property at the appraisal cost that was given on the property last summer before the drilling started. This is disgusting.
Fire what fire,put 5-gallon bucket over it.Wait about 20-mins.Then test with a gas monitor for LEL.You are worried about houses blowing up,and you're out there with an open flame?????????? OMG
Out there with an open flame is a desperate response to the cavalier and negligent response of the Texas Railroad Commission and Aruba Petroleum, neither of which have done anything, nor at the very least been out their with a 5-gallon bucket. I'm sure their testing would be far more detailed if they had the public interest and human life as their first priority. But that's not a priority at all is it?
Wasn't there a blow out on this site on October 29, 2009? The TRC and Aruba said no drilling mud reports were available for that date because the cement casing was being set? What's the cement casing for again? Just curious…