TV News LIES

Thursday, Aug 21st

Last update03:42:30 AM GMT

You are here News Environment The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

E-mail Print PDF

Pollutants drilled into earthOn a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There, under a steel shed, they began to unload thousands of gallons of wastewater for burial deep beneath the earth.

The waste – the byproduct of oil and gas drilling – was described in regulatory documents as a benign mixture of salt and water. But as the liquid rushed from the trucks, it released a billowing vapor of far more volatile materials, including benzene and other flammable hydrocarbons.

The truck engines, left to idle by their drivers, sucked the fumes from the air, revving into a high-pitched whine. Before anyone could react, one of the trucks backfired, releasing a spark that ignited the invisible cloud.

Fifteen-foot-high flames enveloped the steel shed and tankers. Two workers died, and four were rushed to the hospital with burns over much of their bodies. A third worker died six weeks later.

What happened that day at Rosharon was the result of a significant breakdown in the nation’s efforts to regulate the handling of toxic waste, a ProPublica investigation shows.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Volcano Alert: Thousands Of Intense Earthquakes Rock Iceland

Iceland volcanoesThousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes...

California evacuation orders issued as wildfire bears down near Yosemite

Yosemite wildfiresAuthorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as an out-of-control wildfire bears down...

4.2-magnitude quake shakes central Oklahoma; 10th quake in 2 days

Oklahoma earthquakesA 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Guthrie, Oklahoma, at 7:41 a.m. CT (8:41 a.m. ET) Tuesday, the...

Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River

Oil spill into Ohio River- Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the Ohio River after an incident...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!