They call it landfarming and industry is on the honor system to test the waste for toxicity and radioactivity. The permitting process is manipulated putting the public and our vital natural resources at risk.
Yesterday I took some pictures of “landfarming” in Denton County. This one is between Ponder and DISH.
This one is across the street from UNT’s Athletic Facility.
Arkansas ended up with contaminated water from landfarming the way we do it in Texas. They don’t do it that way anymore but, of course, we still do.
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Who would let anyone do this on their property. Are the property owners paid? This has got to be a huge health hazard.
If it's a 3 acre, minor permit they get paid. Sometimes the operator spreads the drilling waste from the sludge pit on the pasture or any vacant land. In that case, they pretend they are doing the landowner a big favor.
The permitting process is abused liberally.
"Landfarming" in Tx is nothing but waste disposal on a commercial scale. But, it's called "landfarming" so that the owner of the land can continue to claim his "farming" or "agricultural" tax exemption in Texas. This is a scam of the first order. The worthless politicians and the local appraisal districts are also in on the scam.
That's exactly right except for the commercial part. With the help of our regulators, industry manipulates the permitting process so they get numerous "minor" permits rather than a commercial permit.
Just like the emissions that are each counted as separate sources, each 3 acre tract of landfarming is counted separately.
TxSharon you are correct. I meant "commercial" to mean simply non ag type use. Maybe an industrial use would be better words. Anyway, this landfarming should be taxed as commercial or industrial land use, not agricultural use.
That's actually a great idea!
If the crooked local appraisal districts in Tx would tax this landfarming as industrial land use, AND they would tax the treating equipment at the thousands of well sites, we could greatly reduce our residentual property taxes in Texas!
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wow, we all know that the “honor system” works so well! look at the love canal situation!