Texas Railroad Commission Investigation Results: Hey, Braden Exploration! Are you illegally dumping drilling waste in Wise Count

Yesterday I received the results from Texas Railroad Commission’s investigation of the Hosed by Braden incident

An abbreviated version of the findings:

Braden claims they used the 3” polypipe/hose to pump unused “frac-water” from the Roberts Lease uphill to the lined pit adjacent to the Bailey lease in order to conserve “fresh water.” They claim the hose was cut at the creek to make picking it up easier.

The pit had a “skim of congealed oil” and “2,100 ppm chlorides.”

The creek was flowing and inspection revealed no drilling waste. The water tested at 100 ppm chlorides.

I called the inspector for clarification. He confirmed that the reason Braden gave for pumping water from the Roberts lease to the Bailey lease was to conserve “fresh water” for future use to fracture the Bailey lease.

The hose stretches from drilling waste, downhill to the creek

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2009-01-07 15:51:45 -0500. -- GH

Hey, Braden Exploration! Are you illegally dumping drilling waste in Wise County?

With great interest I’ve watched the drilling going on around me hoping that all would go well and the producer would take care and follow the rules, such as they are. For weeks, I noticed the black hose that meanders along the side of FM 730. It winds through culverts and under bridges to continue along the other side—so it appeared. Sunday, something told me to pull over and look under the bridge. The hose does not continue under the bridge to the other side as it appears. It ends in the creek that is part of the watershed for DFW.

Here is where the hose starts. That’s a sludge pit filled with drilling waste.