Last Thursday Williams Spilliams had another spill at the Cummings site in Flower Mound.
Does anyone know how many spills at this site now? Is anyone keeping track? I’ve lost count.
Town reports fluid spill at drilling site
Approximately 450 barrels were spilled and 371 barrels were recovered immediately after the spill, which occurred due to a failed weld in a line transporting fluids, according to town officials.
Meanwhile, town officials have recently received complaints from residents about odors and air quality concerns in the general vicinity of Scenic Drive and FM 1171 where a gas well and compressor site are located.
I can verify the stinky part! I took a tour group to that site on Friday and it was horribly stinky as was the Williams’ Argyle Central Gas Processing Plant. The people on the tour were horrified by what they saw.
No wonder Flower Mound has such high rates of cancer.
I’m sure more information will be available shortly on the Flower Mound blog HERE.
UPDATE: To respond to the comments.
If you, NeedFacts, to prove that drilling waste is harmful, you really should get out more or try reading. But I aim to please so here ya go:
Fracked Cattle were quarantined, now give birth to dead calves
Radioactive Wastes from Oil and Gas Drilling
The people most likely to be exposed to this source of radiation are workers at the site. They may inhale radon gas which is released during drilling and produced by the decay of radium, raising their risk of lung cancer. In addition, they are exposed to alpha and gamma radiation released during the decay of radium-226 and the low-energy gamma radiation and beta particles released by the decay of radium-228. (Gamma radiation can also penetrate the skin and raise the risk of cancer.)
Many fracturing fluids contain chemicals that can be toxic to humans and wildlife, and chemicals that are known to cause cancer. These include potentially toxic substances such as diesel fuel, which contains benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene, naphthalene and other chemicals; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; methanol; formaldehyde; ethylene glycol; glycol ethers; hydrochloric acid; and sodium hydroxide. Very small quantities of chemicals such as benzene, which causes cancer, are capable of contaminating millions of gallons of water.
Congressional Report: CHEMICALS USED IN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
From page 9:
Between 2005 and 2009, the hydraulic fracturing companies used 95 products containing
13 different carcinogens.20 These included naphthalene (a possible human carcinogen), benzene
(a known human carcinogen), and acrylamide (a probable human carcinogen). Overall, these
companies injected 10.2 million gallons of fracturing products containing at least one
carcinogen. The companies used the highest volume of fluids containing one or more
carcinogens in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Table 4 shows the use of these chemicals by
Maybe this will help. If not, I’ve got plenty more where that came from.
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They, Spilliams, should be required to notify everyone around the site: door to door, about their mistake.
I’m sure there’s many people who will not know of the spill until much later, or at all.
Don Young says
I hope they notified any earthworms that might be still alive in the area. or Monarchs, birds, spiders, lizards or any other living creatures. I don’t mean that jokingly. Drilling and fracking are not compatible with living things and we are all connected. They call it the web of life. I don’t like people fucking with my planet.
Do we know what was in the fluids or what the future health consequences will be for those poor residents? It’s hard to remain silentl while life on this planet is being destroyed.
One source said “production fluid.” That could be produced water, I guess. You know, it’s not like they disclose much to the public about what they are doing.
How can a liquid spill cause cancer? Need facts or remove exaggerated comments like ” No wonder….”. You are scaring the masses.
Seriously, NF? What rock have you been hiding under? Please, please tell me the location because I would love to crawl under there and be totally fracking oblivious for a few days.
FM Watchdog says
One mans “scare” is another mans “knowledge”.
I guess I can understand how they know 450 barrels were spilled, (how much was in the tank and how much is now missing) but is it a dumb question to ask how they know 371 barrels were “recovered immediately”? It was liquid coming out, but I assume it spilled onto the ground? If it spilled onto the ground, did they strain it and measure 371 barrels immediately? How many gallon in a barrel? Where do they take this stuff once they have excavated it? It’s not like it can be teleported down an injection well if it has solids in it. Is there a permitted site where this spill stuff goes?
As I understand it, the spill came from a weld in a pipe that was transporting fluids and it’s not the first time this has happened at this same site. But I think your theory on how they know it was 450 barrels still holds. We just have to take their word for it.
You ask some excellent questions and I wish we knew or could find out the answers. They don’t really have to tell us much so they don’t.
There are 42 gallons in a barrel. If it’s liquid it goes in an injection well (or to a tank farm then an injection well [or in a ditch or creek somewhere]). If it’s solid is goes on a “landfarm” where they grow food or the food your food eats.
Are you joking ? You give examples of cattle and workers at site and make a comment of “People in Flower Mound” having cancer !! Dying cattles and workers didn’t live in Flower Mound.
There are 50+ wells in FM with substantially large setbacks mostly producing since 2003/2005 compared to other Towns like Fort Worth having 1500+ wells with lower setbacks and in production since late nineties. 62K population Vs 741K population. You know FM town regulates gas drilling better than Fort Worth. How can gas drilling or emissions in FM can be higher than other less regulated towns with high numbers of wells? You admire FM ordinances as the best in the country and choose to malign FM at your discretion. Sorry Sharon, I used to trust you but please stop twisting and quoting out of context to promote yourself and your blog. I too don’t support urban gas drilling but we need to be reasonable & truthful in our public comments.
You asked: “How can a liquid spill cause cancer?” Drilling waste contains many cancer causing chemicals. You might try reading all the way to the end. Or not.
I guess you’re right then. There aren’t any problems with the drilling in Flower Mound, no upticks in cancer rates and everything is just peachy.
A Nonny Mouse says
Are YOU joking? Maybe you are not aware that there is a link between animals and humans. You know, it goes like this: if it kills animals and gives THEM cancer then it will likely kill humans and cause cancer in them too?!?! Maybe you are also not aware that worker results also translate to people living nearby.
Are you trying to start trouble, an industry mole or just uninformed?
needfacts, you need some common sense. me thinks you are just trying to stir the pot and cause trouble here. the link between drilling and cancer is clear and longstanding so your comment appears foolish. and you contradict yourself.
NeedFacts above is just another example of one of those “deniers” posting BS to confuse the peasants! Lot of denier stuff out there.