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Friday, October 10, 2008

More Nasty Pit Business - ADEQ Hearing Announcement

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 11:24 AM

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Reserve pit near Greenwood, AR

As you may have read in the Times recently, one of the major concerns with natural gas wells is what you do with the waste once you're done.  We detailed some of the reckless practices at two such land-appication sites located in Greenwood, AR.  In testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Amy Mall of the Natural Resource Defense Council, presented the following information about these reserve pits. 

During May and June of 2007, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division collected fluid and soil samples from 21 drilling/reserve pits, two production pits, and two closed-loop tanks. Testing found various hazardous substances including arsenic, lead, benzene, mercury, acetone, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, and others at some of these locations. In 2003, New Mexico state officials identified over 6,700 instances of pit-caused contamination since the mid-1980s, with over 550 resulting in groundwater contamination.

There are 13 land-application sites around Arkansas, where drilling waste is held. There are proposals for more. A concerned citizen from Prairie County writes

A local landowner, has formed a company called “Prairie County LandFarm, LLC”. The full intent and purpose of his organization is to dump wastewater from oil and gas wells there. They have contracted with oil and gas companies to dump this waste into two (2) settlement ponds that hold 22 million gallons each. The water will then be sent through large sprinklers to be surface applied to 300 acres of their land, right on the edge of the Wattensaw.

There will be 75 to 100 tractor trailer trucks PER DAY traveling on our small gravel roads, disrupting the quality of life and our peace and quiet forever.

ADEQ will hold a permit hearing on this proposed site in Des Arc on Oct. 14th. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the AAM Building, 707 State Highway 11 North, in Des Arc.

I'll post a reminder the day of as well.  

 


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