For those who follow the work of UTA Clear as reported back in June of 2015 that “Moly” (molybdenum) has been making her ground water appearances in the Barnett Shale per the Environmental Science & Technology publication, that Molybdenum was detected in 34% of the 550 water wells they sampled”.
Last January, when my family was in Midland TX for my son’s TMEA 2015 choir competition, I met a nice old guy from Cuero TX at the hotel for breakfast where he told me that he inspects“those green” pipes for a living. He mentioned that Molybdenum is what they add to pipes to make them stronger. One of his other comments I recall was that if the piping came from overseas that it can bear the USA label if it is heat treated in the United States.
In reading this disposal mishap for (an intentionally radioactive) dew point measuring device, I learned that during the downturn in the oil & gas pricing that companies love to provide heat treating services for those frackers trying to save a buck…..
“I – 9227 – Radioactive Material Found – CMC Steel Texas – Seguin, Texas On September 2, 2014, a steel mill notified the Agency that it had discovered a dew point device in a load of scrap metal it had received from a scrap recycler in Killeen, Texas. The steel mill identified the isotope as radium-226 and the highest radiation measurement it detected was 4,500 microR/hr on contact. The steel mill properly disposed of the device. The dew point devices are General License devices. The Agency’s investigation identified the owner of the device as a heat treating services company in Round Rock, Texas. The owner stated it had unknowingly taken the device with other scrap metal to the recycler after it cleaned out some of its buildings. The owner stated it does not have any other devices that contain radioactive material. The owner paid the device’s disposal costs. No violations were cited. File closed”.
In reading a service manual from AMETEK, a company who sells dew point devices, “…. product contains materials that can be reclaimed and recycled. In some cases the product may contain materials known to be hazardous to the environment or human health. In order to prevent the release of harmful substances into the environment and to conserve our natural resources, AMETEK recommends that you arrange to recycle this product when it reaches its “end of life.” Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) should never be disposed of in a municipal waste system (residential trash)”.
“Theory of Operation: Water contamination in gases can cause corrosion and other equipment problems, especially in regulation and metering stations. The determination of hydrocarbon contamination in pipeline gas is necessary to meet hydrocarbon dew point specifications in natural gas transportation contracts. Gases most frequently tested for water content include natural gas, sour gas, heat treating furnace gas, and industrial gases such as nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, and other bottled gases”.
So I picked the first internet engine search in Round Rock TX for a company that does heat treating…..to be clear, this may not be the company that improperly disposed of that radioactive device by accident…
“Due to the recent downturn in oilfield equipment activity, a number of Texas / Oklahoma – based Heat Treating Departments are operating at greatly reduced levels. Texas Heat Treating offers the opportunity for manufacturers with in-house heat treating to idle or shut down their high cost operations during these difficult times. We understand the need for control, in both service and quality, and in most cases we can exceed requirements.
In closing, please be aware of the most recent UTA Clear ground water Barnett Shale findings . Here are a few of the findings..
“Geospatial modeling correlated groundwater chemicals to Barnett fractured wells
Increased Beryllium strongly associated with hydraulically fractured gas wells
Indirect evidence of pollutant migration via microannular fissures in well casing”
If you want the full pdf. email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the details on their study,