I’m sure you’ve all see the article calling for Devon to be responsible and take leadership, but just in case: Devon Energy needs to provide industry leadership in Barnett Shale. You should read it.
Tonight, at the Denton Planning and Zoning meeting, Chip Minty, Devon, talked about how they have never contaminated any water. Oops! I had a bottle of the Smith’s water in my car that I meant to bring to the meeting as show and tell…opportunity missed.
Devon had a blowout: Devon Energy has well blowout at oil sands project
Blowout sprayed oil and steam mist
The mist, which Barber said contained about 30 percent oil, spread beyond the project site. Devon said it has already begun a cleanup at the site and is surveying surrounding areas to gauge the extent of the spill.
It has also found some small amounts of oil sheen in the waters of a nearby creek and has put in booms to keep any oil from flowing downstream.
I had to update this to include EnCana. Several EnCana employees spoke in Denton tonight telling us what great neighbors they are. According to their environmental record in other areas…not such a great neighbor.
Testing finds methane in Dry Hollow near Silt
Testing has revealed methane gas, the kind that comes from deep within the earth, in wells in the Dry Hollow area south of Silt.
EnCana bought the place from the Dietrich family after it was determined that their well apparently had been contaminated, along with a well owned by neighbors Larry and Laura Amos, as a result of gas drilling activities in the area.
The gas company also reached a settlement with the Amos family, according to news reports at the time, but the terms of the settlement were never disclosed.
EnCana reportedly was fined more than $175,000 for contamination of those wells, and in 2004 had paid a fine of $371,000 for causing a natural gas seep in and around West Divide Creek.
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He said he had talked with “a lot of old-timers in the area” who had told him that “there has been gas coming up in that ground for a lot of years. I really don't know whether it entirely has to do with the gas wells … or whether it's the methane just leaking out of the ground.”