Drilling waste pit contaminates drinking water

by TXsharon on March 2, 2011

in sludge pits

The reporter and landowner in this story are shocked but burying drilling waste is nothing new, especially in the Barnett Shale. I’ve been sounding the alarm on this for years.

Groundwater: Protecting East Texas’ water supply from contamination

The landowner was awarded $3 million but the operator has appealed.

This is one of my favorite pit pictures–so beautiful and terrible.

I also love this one because it is an icon for how industry cuts corners.

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David March 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

If you have not seen the movie "CRUDE" you should, its on netflix. This looks like what was done in Ecuador.


zoe March 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I saw on the 380, Shale something, company, those big tanker trucks and the pit, Sharon, lets go get pictures.

But do you have a gas mask I can wear?


TXsharon March 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

"CRUDE" is a great documentary. And we have the exact situation all over Texas.


Anonymous March 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

How could that pit possibly lower property values? They should list that as an amenity. Does anyone have any common sense anymore?

3 years ago, I had a licensed appraiser tell me that gas drilling would not lower property values. Lead paint doesn't either, in his world.


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