Our beloved Mrs. Burns took her famous spatula on a road trip.
Waste pits are one of my pet peeves. Texas is covered in abandoned pits.
Here is a video of Mrs. Burns’ pits on Rancho Los Malulos.
The most recent cases–I know of–where water contamination was traced back to pits is in Montague County.
You can see lots of abandoned pits in this video of North Texas aerial photographs.
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elizabeth burns says
Thanks for featuring me on your blog. I think it’s important to note that the pits discussed in my video are produced water pits and production skim pits – not mud pits. Texaco and Exxon had these pits open at each tank battery and they used them for about 40 years. They weren’t temporary. All of the produced water was dumped in unlined pits to “Evaporate”.
We have produced water pits too only they call them impoundments. Sometimes they put little fountains in them to help them evaporate. It’s so cute!
Apparently our pits aren’t temporary either. They are still there, waiting and waiting and waiting.