Drilling waste pit contaminates drinking water

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.

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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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  1. David says

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

  2. zoe says

    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?

  3. Anonymous says

    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.