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Re: “Deep Six deep-sixed by AOGC

Citizen1....we share the same viewpoints. My company; RROC, Inc, has built 5 of the injection facilities in the Fayetteville shale and had a hand in one fashion or another of working on the 4 facilities that were shut down. I would suggest you research the "land farming" method of disposal of "drilling mud" only. Drilling mud is 99.9% bentonite clay. Samples of each load "should" be taken before allowing land farming. Soil farming and evaporation are two alternatives to deep water injection that I feel should be investigated more.

The statement that "the Guy Swarm earthquakes subsided after the 2 disposal wells ceased operation" is incorrect. 3 facilities ceased operations immediately (Chesapeake/BHP- SRE and Trammel, and the Clarita facility). The Deep Six well continued operations until the AOGC formally voted for closure. On the USGS Little Rock website, there were recorded over 1100 seismic events in the Guy area, after the March 3rd closure (thru July 1).
Injection wells CAN cause seismic occurences. Testing on the San Andreas fault, the Rocky Mtn arsenal well in Colorado, etc, have proven this scientifically. As for whether the Guy area was affected by the injection wells, no one will ever know.

Lawrence Bengal; commissioner of the AOGC stated: "The decision we made is basically based on the fact that you just can't put the citizens of the state of Arkansas at risk," said Commissioner Mike Davis. He noted that there was not hard scientific evidence confirming the correlation, but said the possible risk was too great.

"This was a decision that I personally made more with my heart than my head."

The Deep Six company actually used the same seismic expert that the AOGC used. His viewpoint was that there was no definitive correlation between the quakes and the sites. Scott Ausbrooks with the USGS also found the same conclusion.

I am a person that sees both sides of the issues. We cannot please everyone. Oil and gas are blamed for all types of environmental issues. Even green technologies get protested (ie- mining for the ceramics for PV cells, brine well refining for electric car batteries, habitat infringement for wind farms and issues with nuclear energy). Who has the golden answer?

Posted by c.courtney.ross on 08/28/2011 at 12:20 PM

Re: “ADEQ proposes fine for former agency chief

It is truly amazing that it has taken this long for Poseidon to be reckoned with. The ADEQ has been battling with him for over 2 years now. From the position of being a director for them; he has played the game of "cat and mouse" with them for far too long. I visited the site well over a year and a half ago and saw multiple infractions being tolerated. Chesapeake examined the site and refused to allow water to be hauled to the facility; based on the findings of their visit.It is people like Mr. Devine that have given those operators who are doing what they are supposed to be doing, a bad name. Chesapeake/BHP and Clarita Operating shut down operations of two disposals in the Guy area over concerns about the earthquakes. There were asked to shut them down, not told to. Mr Devine perpetuates the perception that "oil & gas" companies don't really care about the environment!

Posted by c.courtney.ross on 07/19/2011 at 9:29 AM


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