Over 50 fired up landowners in Montaque County met tonight to brainstorm ideas on how to keep their water safe and uncontaminated.
Montague sits on top of the oily part of the Barnett Shale. EOG is the main operator up there and they are burying oil based drilling mud and the shredded pit liners on people’s property. Burying or just abandoning drilling waste pits is nothing new in the Barnett Shale. All of North Texas is littered with pits or barren patches of ground where pits were buried.
But these people in Montague don’t much like the idea and they especially don’t like that EOG uses closed loop systems in other areas but they refuse to do so in Montague.
They aren’t going to go away and they aren’t going to shut up. EOG should go ahead and follow best industry practices and stop cutting corners.
You will be hearing more about this because there was a big name TV news reporter and a camera man who also attended the meeting.
Drilling waste pit information:
A flier you can print and pass out.
Just this week, I posted about a farmer in E. TX who discovered his water is contaminated from a drilling waste pit Groundwater: Protecting East Texas’ water supply from contamination. He was awarded $3 million dollars.
Here’s what was in the Aruba Petroleum pit on Tim and Christine’s place:
After several years of hard work and testing, OGAP was able to get a “pit rule” passed in New Mexico. View report on substances found in NM. pits. Now the pit rule is under attack by industry and NM’s new, industry friendly governor.
- Read our press release.
- The Albuquerque Journal’s recent story gives some political context to the showndown.
- newmexicocommonsense.org provides fact sheets that explain why New Mexico’s pit rule is, in fact, common sense. And why industry’s arguments against it are bunk.
- Background on what the New Mexico pit rule is.
Toxic drilling waste is getting spread all over Texas farmland.
Gas drilling waste is getting spread all over Texas farmland.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 07:43 ERIC GRIFFEY
Aerial photos showing abandoned pits in N. TX.
Cows drinking from pits
I could go on and on because pits are a pet peeve of mine and I have dozens of pictures of pits but I’m tired so, goodnight.