By JUDY SHERIDAN
Unsolicited cleanup activity in the ditch near his business at Bear Cat Road and Interstate 20 Tuesday night led PetsWest co-owner Dan Johnson to make a phone call to the Texas Railroad Commission about his next door neighbor on the hill, Shale Tank Truck.
“When I left the store at 9 p.m. Tuesday night, there was a strong odor of petroleum,” he said. “It had been raining, and I thought maybe the smell was carrying.
“Forty-five minutes later my cleanup crew said a Shale tanker truck had a pipe in our ditch. I came back at 10 p.m., and they had a tube down in there. They said they were being good neighbors and cleaning out my ditch.
“The next morning, they put six to eight spill barriers in there; they’re like containment sponges. Then I called the Railroad Commission.”
Johnson said any spillage on the high ground drains into his ditch, which then empties into a creek winding through the neighborhoods behind Bankhead Highway.
“Whatever ran down there, that’s long gone,” he said. “My property’s OK, but they put stuff in the creek bed.”
Thursday, work crews spent about six hours cleaning out the ditch with a backhoe and a Bobcat, Johnson said.
A Railroad Commission representative called him, Johnson said, and read, “off a form,” that, “a hose blew off of something.”
“He didn’t say what was spilled,” he said.
Michelle Banks, of the Texas Railroad Commission, emailed Friday that CES SWD Texas Inc., associated with Shale Tank Truck, reported a five-barrel produced water spill from a ruptured flow line at the Aledo Yard facility in Parker County to the Railroad Commission at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
“The produced water spill was contained in the frontage road barrow ditch with absorbent booms, and freestanding fluid was collected with a vacuum truck,” she emailed.
According to an About.com Energy website, produced water is the wastewater that comes back up out of a shale gas well after hydraulic fracturing has been completed.
Some of that water is fracturing fluid — water mixed with industrial chemicals and sand or ceramic particles — and some is naturally occurring, according to the website.
Banks said remediation is ongoing and the commission staff will conduct a re-inspection this week.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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