The following are a few pictures I took at about 5:00 PM, Sunday, 7/6/08. Click on the pictures for a larger version.
This is a drilling site less than a mile from me. The drilling was finished a couple of days ago and the rig was moved. This site is operated by Braden Exploration in partnership with Devon Energy.
When I took these pictures, the stench of sewage and fumes were so bad I had to keep my hand over my mouth and nose.
UPDATE: I reported this pit to the Texas Railroad Commission because I know the drilling company dumped their sewage from 2 months’ on-site living into the pit. They live in trailers and the waste from the trailers is collected in big tanks. I’ve taken Cub Scouts to waste water treatment plants more than once so I know what sewage looks and smells like. In addition, I was raised in the country with a cranky, leaky septic system.
Walter Gwyn, Director, Texas Railroad Commission District 8, refused to text the water for fecal matter because he said in an email to me that his inspector, “didn’t see any toilet paper floating.”
The tree line follows the bank of a flowing creek. The creek flows into Denton Creek. Denton Creek flows into Lake Grapevine. Lake Grapevine is a source of drinking water for the Midcities area.
You might see how runoff would be a problem here but the Oil and Gas industry is exempt from the stormwater runoff part of the Clean Water Act. The oil and gas industry enjoys broad exemptions from many of the laws that protect our environment.
This is the sludge pond. There are many of these in Wise County. This one is lined with a plastic liner, but many aren’t lined with anything. On the other side of the trees is the creek.