Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

July 5, 2014

Company cited for water protection violation

WEATHERFORD —

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.

Text Only
Front Page
  • 0727 one before-after.jpg Almost there...

    As a two-room schoolhouse with two school teachers conducting grades 1-9, the Mount Pleasant Colored School has had a humble beginning.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Woman hit on interstate identified

    A woman killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line has been identified as 29-year-old Ashley Wright of Weatherford, according to information released Saturday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

    July 26, 2014

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck

    Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Woman killed while walking on interstate

    A woman, who had not been identified as of Friday afternoon, was killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Rates of the rise?

    As part of an ongoing discussion, the City of Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Thursday was taken through part two of the rate-making process for the city’s proposed capital improvement plan. The result of this plan will have a direct impact on utility rates for city customers. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Hospital board moves closer to building ambulance station

    The Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors took steps Wednesday to advertise and accept bids for the construction of a Brock-area ambulance station. 

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 one arson.JPG Suspicious house fire under investigation

    The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • CPS data.jpg Case overload

    Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • City to transfer bond funds to cover street project

    Per the recommendations of City of Weatherford staff, the Weatherford City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2014 budget to transfer monies from various bond funds into the general capital improvement projects fund. The reallocation of funds are from bonds designated to various street construction projects and will be consolidated into one more street construction project: the access road between Bethel Road and South Bowie Dr.

    July 23, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. 

    Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks