In case you’re late to this party, here is some background:
The lovely and brave Runner Susan who stood fast with trucks only inches from her body, has commentary and pictures.
Here is the Denton Record Chronicle article about the protest:
Protesters temporarily block gas well site near Argyle
Monday, May 24, 2010
By Lowell Brown
Nice job Lowell!
I can name names. Oh wait! Runner Susan already did that.
Okay then, I’ll slice up Kelly Swan’s baloney from the article. (Kelly Swan is a graduate of the Williams Petroleum charm school.)
“The logistics and the demographics we’re dealing with in terms of working in an urban area are vastly different from where we’ve employed recycling before,” he said. “Where we have done recycling, that’s where we have connected multiple well pads via pipelines laying on the surface, in very rural areas, where we bring that into a centralized water recycling center. Those same logistics would not be feasible, practical or welcomed where we’re operating in the northern end of the Barnett Shale.”
Whew! All that smoke and mirrors, I had to give Kelly the baloney on that one. Check out this sweet little unit:
That’s a portable desalination unit on location in Johnson County Texas. You can read about it on the US Department of Energy website.
The cost of treating produced water containing 15,000 ppm TDS and 200 ppm hydrocarbons to obtain agricultural water quality with less than 200 ppm TDS and 2 ppm hydrocarbons is $0.50-1.50/bbl.
It fits right on a trailer and a pick up can haul it around so Williams could buy a couple of these and everybody would be happy. We’re not unreasonable people.
Maybe they don’t learn about this technical stuff in the Williams charm school.
Another thing that Kelly said that raised my eyebrows:
Swan said moving the proposed tanks and compressors from the Jeter Road site to the Argyle drilling sites simply wasn’t an option, but he declined to say why.
“I prefer not to get into contractual arrangements in the press,” he said.
That means Williams made a contract with somebody who didn’t want that waste water anywhere around their homes or horses. See Runner Susan’s post above that names names.