Groundwater District Seek Help Tracking Disposal Wells
July 29, 2015
My High Plains - Four years ago, a 64-year-old Dimmit County well spewed roughly 260
barrels of petroleum fluid that killed grasses and shrubs on surrounding ranchland.
The likely cause, experts say: injections into a nearby disposal well, a deep underground
resting place for millions of gallons of oil and gas waste. Injected at high pressures,
the waste migrated below ground, putting pressure on fluids that leaked from the oil
well more than a quarter-mile away.
"It feels like they don't want people to know," said Lisa Campbell, a Texas Tech University
professor who heads public health departments across four South Texas counties and
helped groundwater managers petition the Texas Railroad Commission to bolster notification
requirements. "[Water] is a precious resource, and if we don't protect it, we're going
to lose it."
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