Before hurricane Patricia even went down in history for setting records, flooding was fixn’ our Texas drought. This morning I awoke to learn in Corsicana that I45 (south of Dallas) was shut down due to flooding.
Then I saw where the water washed out the cross ties near the area and derailed a train and
nobody is saying what (CEMENT was the cargo reported) -if anything- spilled, however there is a sheen visible just click this FOX 2…. link for pictures. Also this WFAA link shows a cow trying to climb to safety on the overturned train.
While I smiled that this was in Rep. Smokey Joe Barton’s stomping grounds, I suddenly became fearful of the implications of such a heavily traveled interstate with all that injection well waste water hauling truck traffic and how if anything toxic spilled from the trains that we source our drinking water sometimes from Richland Chambers Reservoir.
The RRC (who regulates oil & gas in Texas), in anticipation of the rain, posted this on their website…..
If the trucks can’t get to and from the injection wells….that will
- reduce seismic activity=good
- cause a back up of delivering waste water our from our neighborhoods where Urban Drilling padsites are located=bad if the tanks fill up and overflow in the event the auto shut offs fail.
Here an RRC report posted in the Glen Rose Current publication about injection wells that I boldfaced selected pieces for emphasis.
“As of calendar year 2013, Texas has more than 50,000 permitted oil and gas injection and disposal wells with approximately 35,000 currently active as of calendar year 2013. Of these 35,000 active injection and disposal wells, about 7,500 are wells that are disposal wells and the remainder are injection wells……..
….Injection wells re-inject fluids into the same reservoir from which the fluids originated for secondary or enhanced oil recovery from depleted reservoirs. The vast majority of wells in Texas are injection wells, not disposal wells. Operators use secondary recovery techniques to maintain an oil field’s pressure that gets depleted as oil is produced and also to displace or “sweep” more oil toward producing wells. Secondary recovery is sometimes known as waterflooding”.
Here is where the EPA defines a class II injection well that the oil & gas industry falls under (but it is troubling they never mention TOXIC in describing these fluids)…
The Glen Rose Current publication cites (a broken link) to a Joint Texas Groundwater Monitoring and Contamination Report. Here is that joint report on this link. On that TCEQ link, I was troubled to read this on page 22….“Reported contamination cases are generally limited to those affecting usable quality groundwater (less than 10,000 milligrams per liter of dissolved solids)”.
So I guess the thought is that the public need not be concerned with finding out about more pollution added to “already polluted water”?
On Table 1 page 90 the state’s ground water monitoring report shows the CONTAMINATION DESCRIPTION: AS- ARSENIC, BA – BARIUM, CR – CHROMIUM, CU – COPPER, HG – MERCURY, NI – NICKEL, PB – LEAD, CIS-1,2-DCE – CIS-1,2-DICHLOROETHYLENE, CB – CHLOROBENZENE, DBCM – DIBROMOCHLOROMETHANE, NO3 – NITRATE, SO4 – SULFATE, VOC- VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, ORG. – ORGANIC CHEMICALS, TOCTOTAL ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, TDS- TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS, TCE- TRICHLOROETHENE, MEK – METHYL ETHYL KETONE, CARBON TET – CARBON TETRACHLORIDE, PCP – POLYCHLORINATED PHENYLS, PCB – PLOYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS, TPH – TOTAL PETROLEUM HYDROCARBONS, BTEX – BENZENE – TOLUENE-ETHYLBENZENEXYLENE, MTBE – METHYL-TERTIARY-BUTYL-ETHER, 1,2-DCB – 1,2-DICHLOROBENZENE, 1,4-DCB – 1,4-DICHLOROBENZENE, 1,1-DCA – 1,1-DICHLOROETHANE, 1,2-DCA – 1,2- DICHLOROETHANE, 1,1-DCE – 1,1-DICHLOROETHYLENE, TRANS-1,2-DCE – TRANS-1,2-DICHLOROETHYLENE, MECL – METHYLENE CHLORIDE, PCE – TETRACHLORETHYLENE, TCFM – TRICHLOROFLUROMETHANE, VC – VINYL CHLORIDE.
……mmmm do we not screen for aldehydes?…..wheres the frac chemicals as found on the FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry?
You can’t find what you don’t look for….we have a long way to go in being proactive to being protective of public health since the advent of this huge build out of fracking for oil & gas; Mother Nature’s droughts, floods, & hurricanes seem to be egging us on to get off of fossil fuels that we keep drilling and spilling.
Associated Press reported (see charts on link) of sources of BRINE spills & their amounts over the last six years in top oil producing states and how it has escalated.
E&E Publishing reported from federal sources of OIL spills also showing this escalation…
We need to reduce our risk for run off pollution from these storms and getting onto sustainable energy sources…the reasons to rush are very obvious as these storms get more frequent and intense.