In Texas you can get caught “red-handed” intentionally–as in not at all an accident–and illegally dumping drilling waste into our waterways and get off Scott free. This is not the first time Denton has been dumped on.
In this case, an Eagleridge Operating employee was caught pumping drilling wastewater into a tributary of Hickory Creek. Eagleridge and the Texas Railroad Commission came up with an “agreed order” and Eagleridge paid a fine of $1,875. That probably makes it cheaper to dump waste in the creek illegally than to legally dispose of it.
The Denton DA is letting Eagleridge off because the drilling waste was tested for chlorides–Texas loves to test for chlorides and nothing else. The chloride levels were high in one test and low in another.
Because the chloride levels were acceptable, in this case, the illegal dumping was legitimate illegal dumping. (Look away from the other 750 known fracking chemicals that could have been in the wastewater.)
As long as the chloride levels are acceptable our bodies have ways to protect us from all that other stuff that is in frack water. The chloride levels are what makes illegal dumping legitimate illegal dumping.
You were not forced to read this il-conceived blog post.
All sarcasm aside: Here is why testing for chlorides only is not enough. And BTW, this is a violation of the Clean Water Act. Maybe someone will notify the EPA.