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February 11, 2014


Kim Feil

It was no surprise to me that the ATSDR reported on the following link on Table 6-1 called “Releases to the Environment from Facilities that Produce, Process, or Use Phenol” that in 2005 Texas contributed 83% (1.2 million pounds per year) of the United State’s Phenol released via Class II Underground Injection Wells.

So if this is the 2005 figure, read on to figure out how much we dispose by now. reported…“The amount of wastewater being disposed of in Texas wells has skyrocketed with the spread of fracking, to nearly 3.5 billion barrels in 2011 from 46 million barrels in 2005, according to data from the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator. On average, companies in Texas dispose of 290 million barrels of wastewater — equivalent to about 18,500 Olympic-size swimming pools — each month.”

You do the math with me…..

ATSDR says in 2005 that 1,225,500 ppy (pounds per year) of phenol was injected in TX.

RRC says in 2005 that 46 million barrels of waste water was generated that had to be injected. That means for every 38 barrels of injection waste, that one pound of Phenol (a major metabolite of Benzene) was generated. Keep in mind that one teaspoon of Benzene contaminates about 261,000 gallons of water…

David Blackmon

That volume amounts to:

- less than 25% of the amount of water Texas cities lose each year due to municipal pipeline leakage;

- less than 25% of the water used by Texans every year to water their lawns;

- roughly equal to the amount of water used by four large coal fired power plants in Texas (we have 19 coal-fired plants in this state)in a single year.

Sounds like a big number, but put in proper context, it really isn't.

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