SPILL at the Argyle Central Facility

by ABCAlliance on October 29, 2010

One neighbor was awakened at 2 am by a loud whirring noise. She got up and drove to the Argyle Central Facility to confirm that it was coming from equipment there. This morning two more neighbors saw…

Zoe Nance October 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

Great Job Spilliams.

I never thought your shoulder height gravel would be enough to cover your nasty spills.

Spill it Again Sam October 29, 2010 at 10:35 am

3 in FloMo, 1 in Argyle. That’s 4 “rare” incidents in the last 9 months.

Jackie October 29, 2010 at 10:53 am

Many spills in a short period of time. Did Williams report this, or is this a spill they “do not have to report” due to the numerous exception to the rules given to big oil and gas companies.

Great work to let the public know-Thank you!

Sue Ann October 29, 2010 at 11:13 am

Vote Rick Perry out of office NOW! He appointed the regulators that are NOT doing anything to stop the polluters. Vote in a new RRC Commissioner, too. Jeff Weems would be a good choice. We need all new people at the top of the ticket. Today is the LAST day to early vote before the election on Tuesday. Just do it!

Lynda Mathis October 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm

How horrible! Can you please update the community on the status of this spill? Has it been reported/tested? Have they cleaned it up? Also, what does it mean if there is a spill like the one pictured above? I think we need to know more about spills like this one, since it seems to be happening a lot. Thanks!

Runner Susan October 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm

As of 11:30 I did not see anyone out there. Spill was still there and there were lots of rocks and sand piled up around the tanks.

Tim Ruggiero October 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Why would Spilliams clean this up anymore than take the time to report it? I’m sure it’s just the usual ‘harmless’ drilling mud or TRRC approved safe for drinking water. Oh, wait. State Wide Rule #8 specifically states that ANY SPILL, Leak, or Fire needs to be reported IMMEDIATELY. The Immediately is is in capital letters, bold and underlined. Remember the ‘flying pig’ incident just 2 weeks ago? If it weren’t for Brett Shipp pushing, they wouldn’t have reported it to the TRRC, either. The TRRC stated that it didnlt need to be reported because the dollar damage was “Less than $50,000″. Sorry, I seemed to have missed the part in the SWR #8 about dollar damage.

Zoe Nance October 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I know what Walter w/ the RRC’s comment will be, “if you want that white powdery residue tested, you’ll have to test it yourself.”

Please tell me what side of this fence is, I would like to pay a visit to the crick on the opposite side of the fence and see if I can’t catch any craw daddy like we did when were were kids. Isn’t it considered, ‘green belt’?

Peggy October 29, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Ok, Jayme is overwhelmed, and is suffering health effects, so I’m bringing you all the update. (I wish it were better news than documenting a highway salute, so brace yourself.)

It is has been a terrible day and the vomit smell is back stronger then ever. Calls went to TCEQ, Texas RRC, National Response Center and the fire marshal. TCEQ balked, the fire marshal ignored us, NRC was supposed to call Jayme with a number, and the Railroad Commission thinks the liquid is rain water.

This just in from the Department of Duh: it has not rained in almost a week.

A RRC inspector told Jayme they took a sample of it and the produced water and would test for salt content. They did not see a sheen or anything else to make them think they needed to test for anything else. They were asked to look at those containers. They said the people there told them they were empty. The inspectors were told to look for yourself, and refused at first, and then, upon Jayme’s insistence, said they would.

Inspector went on to say that the containers are there for the overflow of produced water that build up on the weekends when the trucks cannot come empty them. And he said the site is still under construction so there is really nothing there.

To say that there is nothing there is to say, in essence, I’m blind, deaf and dumb.

Someone might take her some chicken soup in the morning for spending her day on high alert, doing what none of us should have to do … as one member said today, “this watching for spills, reporting fumes, dropping our children off at school in a cloud then having to drive around to verify the source, blogging, calling hotlines, filing affidavits, keeping logs, public speaking, etc………..this should not be our job! This should not be our life! This should NOT be happening.”

Jana October 30, 2010 at 12:11 am

Once again, we see that there is no one there to protect us and those that do show up, make up any excuse they can to protect the industry. Big energy counts on us to be too busy to care, while this is their job, it is not ours and we must sacrifice our precious time to protect what is ours. We must continue to work together to help Jayme and all others in their path. There are many of us that are here to help and our numbers are growing. Did anyone notify Brett Shipp?

Sharon Wilson October 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm

What’s happening with this? Jayme, are you alright, or as alright as can be with a spilling, spewing and scorching gas processing plant in your backyard?

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