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.