By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Texas Railroad Commission June 30 cited CES SWD Texas Inc, operator of the Aledo Yard facility at Bear Cat Road and Interstate 20, for violating a state code governing water protection, according to a spokeswoman from the commission.
Michelle Banks, of the RRC, emailed Wednesday that the violation will stand until the 210-gallon “produced water” spill the company reported June 25 is completely cleaned up.
“The spill to the area outside the lease has been cleaned up, but the spill inside the lease is still being cleaned up,” she said.
CES SWD Texas Inc. has put the blame on a ruptured flow line, according to the RRC, which sent wastewater from a disposal/injection well into a drainage ditch outside of PetsWest, a neighboring business downhill from the facility.
Dan Johnson, a co-owner of PetsWest, said rain the night of June 24 carried the spillage into a creek that winds through the neighborhoods behind Bankhead Highway.
CES has claimed, however, that the spill was contained in the ditch with absorbent booms and freestanding fluid collected with a vacuum truck, according to the RRC.
The report shows the RRC re-inspected the well site last week with a representative from CES, noting that affected soils inside the lease had not been remediated. The representative said he planned to replace the soil with gravel once it dried.
According to the report, the company representative said he ordered gate valves placed at rainwater charge entrances and pinpointed the section of faulty pipe that caused the spill.
He said CES would replace the pipe from the pumps to the wellhead in the coming month to prevent another pipe failure, according to the report, adding that a sump pump that failed the day of the spill was now operating.
Banks said there are “no visual signs that the spill entered the creek,” adding that CES is having the creek water tested to confirm.