Huge thanks go to Brett Shipp for staying on this story. To recap:
- A chemical plant blew up and I knew right away that fracking was involved.
- Chemical fire spawns fish kill, criminal investigation
- Waxahachie chemical firm cited for environmental violations
- Chemical plant relocation upsetting Ellis County residents
- Ellis County Commissioners catch heat from chemical plant foes
So that was that. A bunch of fish died, people got sick, water was contaminated, the plant wants to locate next to a diary and… life goes on.
Then it started raining.
Now the rain is washing away the containment areas and the chemicals are causing massive foaming in the creeks. Here is Shipp’s story with some great video. But, don’t worry because Jerrell with TCEQ is on the scene and they are monitoring it.
People, people, PEOPLE!!! This is nothing new. We have been trying to tell you about foaming creeks, ditches and well water for years now.
This picture of Denton Creek was taken by Tim Ruggiero in Wise County. People in that area call me sometimes and whisper in the phone that they saw a truck dumping drilling waste in the Denton Creek. The waste haulers like to park on bridges and run their hoses over the side. The people are too afraid to get close enough to take pictures or get license numbers.
Illegal dumping happens all the time. Add to that the spills and the runoff and…
But hey, it’s all okay because our president went to a CNG fueling station yesterday and pronounced natural gas a clean energy. He is the president so he must be right. Right?
I guess I don’t have anything to do today.
Addition: Just out of curiosity, who is downstream? Austin?