A 6-acre oil field waste pit in Jim Wells County with dead birds floating in it was shut down and the gate locked. Oil-based fluids were being dumped there but the pit owner was permitted only for disposal of water-based fluids not “the potentially more toxic oil-based fluids, which may contain diesel fuel and heavy metals.”
Jim Wells is among a handful of counties in the busy Eagle Ford Shale drilling region watching for environmental impacts of oil and gas activity.
Last year the county started cracking down on oil field waste haulers operating without permits or letting materials leak onto roads and highways, creating hazardous messes.
Industry knows that one of the biggest issue they face with fracking is the massive amounts of toxic, potentially radioactive waste generated. Brad Miller, General Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Anadarko Petroleum made that clear in his presentation at the industry psyops conference. All that waste has to go someplace and there is currently no system set up to track the waste from cradle to grave.
Rep. Van Taylor‘s bill, HB 1496, will strip counties like Jim Wells of the authority to crack down on oil & gas activities in their area. Take action to protect local control in Texas.
Read more about this at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
Oil field waste pit shut down in Jim Wells County
By Mark Collette
Posted March 6, 2013
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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