577 cases of TX groundwater contamination in 2016 were Oil & Gas related

Here are some select cut & paste items I found to be of interest that I boldfaced for emphasis, made comments in (non-italics parentheses), or added links in this

Joint Groundwater Monitoring and Contamination Report–2016


“Documented in this report are 3,444 groundwater contamination cases.
These cases are presented in a tabular format in the section entitled
“Groundwater Contamination Case Descriptions.” Approximately 83
percent (2,866) of the documented cases fall under the jurisdiction of the
TCEQ. The remainder of the cases fall under the jurisdiction of the RRC
(577 cases, or approximately 17 percent),...”

(Of note is that the RRC is the Railroad Commission who regulates the oil & gas industry)


“During calendar year 2016, 36 MSDs were certified for a total of 321
MSDs certified since 2003″.


“The identified cases requiring notification under TWC, §5.236 are
indicated in the field “SECTION 5.236” of TCEQ’s groundwater
contamination case table (Table 1). There are 63 such cases listed in this
Number of
§5.236 Cases Year
1992 – 41
1993 – 15
1994 – 42
1995 – 15
1996 – 16
1997 – 20
1998 – 13
1999 – 28
2000 – 22
2001 – 32
2002 – 50
2003 – 39
2004 – 24
2005 – 29
2006 – 26
2007 – 24
2008 – 32
2009 – 46
2010 – 44
2011 – 19
2012 – 12
2013 – 9
2014 – 27
2015 – 17
2016 – 63

(I note that the last 25 yr ave reportable-requiring-notification contamination events averaged 29/yr so 2016 was DOUBLE THE AVERAGE…wow!)


“Status of Groundwater Monitoring. There are an estimated 841 monitor
wells in place under the Innocent Owner/Operator Program.
Approximately 1,009 groundwater samples were collected during 2016
and approximately 606 (60%) of these samples showed groundwater

(I note definition of innocent relates to the acknowledgement that contamination originates from an off-site source monitoring sample taken revealing contamination which groundwater movement is playing a role in.)


And now for the NOT-SO-INNOCENT aka those pesky Petroleum Storage Tanks that leak into groundwater sources….

Status of Groundwater Monitoring. There are an estimated 8,190
monitor wells in place under the PST program. In 2016, the PST program
received monitoring reports from 474 leaking petroleum storage tank
(LPST) sites, which contain approximately 3,318 monitor wells. Of these,
approximately 2,370 (71%) monitor wells have contamination to groundwater .
During 2016, approximately 4,746 groundwater samples were collected
from the 474 LPST sites. Approximately 3,390 of these samples showed
groundwater contamination.
Status of Groundwater Contamination. For 2016, 1,170 cases are listed
by county in Table 1 under the division heading “REM/PST.” Of these,
there are 35 cases that required notification to local officials under TWC,
§5.236, and 16 cases that required notification to private water well
owners under TWC, §26.408. There were 268 cases added in 2016 of
which 261 were newly identified cases of groundwater contamination and
247 cases were deleted due to action completed status in the 2015 report
(activity status “6”)”.


“Commercial Recycling Program Description. …. the
Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) regulates the treatment, storage,
recycling, and disposal at or near ground surface of oil and gas wastes.

Chapter 4, Subchapter B specifies permit requirements and provides guidance for the recycling of generated fluids and solids into a reusable product(s).
There are currently 96 commercial facilities permitted for disposal,
treatment, or recycling of oil and gas waste, and approximately 3,809 pits
78 permitted for storage, handling or disposal of oil and gas waste. Of the
3,809 pit permits, 1,624 pits (43 percent) are authorized for use as shortterm
storage (48-72 hours) of produced water during emergency
situations. The remaining permits are for various other categories of pits,
including disposal pits, collecting pits, washout pits, skimming pits, brine
pits, brine mining pits, and gas plant evaporation or retention pits. Most
of the pit permits require liners and leak detection methods.
There are currently  24 permits issued for the commercial recycling of
solid oil and gas waste. Statewide Rule 8 and Chapter 4, Subchapter B
permits require liners, leak detection systems, and groundwater
monitoring requirements in certain circumstances. The RRC responds to
citizen complaints regarding alleged groundwater or soil contamination,
or alleged unauthorized activities that may endanger vadose zone soils,
surface water or groundwater”.


“The DSHS Radiation Control Program (RCP) regulates radioactive
materials in Texas. The RCP monitors groundwater for radionuclides on a
routine basis at several facilities. Intermittently, the RCP samples
groundwater as a result of an incident, complaint, or situation that leads
the RCP to believe there may be groundwater contamination”.


Reportable Quantities

Reportable Quantities


About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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