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Disposal well owner withdraws application
According to information provided by the Wilson County Community Values Association to the Wilson County News, an application by Geomeg to operate a disposal well off F.M. 539 near La Vernia has been withdrawn.
Geomeg owner Patrick Marable had applied to the Texas Railroad Commission to operate a disposal well for fluids from the hydraulic fracturing process, a byproduct of drilling for oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas. The application drew severe criticism when Marable asked for an increase in the volume of waste to be disposed -- up to 15,000 gallons per day.
The application was opposed by area residents, who expressed concern for the safety of local water supplies, such as the Carrizo and Wilcox aquifers and the nearby Cibolo Creek. Residents formed the Wilson County Community Values Association to provide information to the community and provide a unified opposition to the well.
An initial hearing, set for May 30, was postponed to July 6, then again to Sept. 6, before Geomeg withdrew its application.
“The group’s position is that we are thankful that Geomeg has retracted its application to increase the volume and convert from a private waste well to a commercial one,” said Todd Budde, the association’s spokesman. “However, the fight is nowhere near won. The well in its current state is still a threat to our water supply and our air quality. It continues to inject a small volume of produced water into the ground through an aged and poorly maintained well, as well as release dangerous levels of H2S (hydrogen sulfide), which gravely impact the community. The WCCVA is still extremely active in its efforts to rid our community of this hazard.”
Budde said the organization’s fund-raising efforts will continue with a yard sale in the near future.
For more information on the association, visit wccvatx.org.
For more about well permitting and applications, visit The Texas Railroad Commission website, http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/.
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