O&G News: Black Liquid Spill in Doddridge County
Posted in the Doddridge County Forum
#1 Jun 6, 2012
Here we go again!!! IMO. This is yet another example of how little these O&G folks care about the harm they do to us!
It's shamful. It's sinful. It's what the residents of Doddridge county live with every day of our lives!
Center Point, Doddridge County, June 5, 2012
Residents of Broad Run Road in Doddridge County said their road used to be paved until an oil and gas company came in about three years ago and turned it to gravel.“The drilling companies continued to put limestone overtop of the asphalt and when these large trucks go over it basically turns it into a fine dust,” said Wayne Woods, a 16-year resident of Broad Run Road in Center Point.“Dust comes in so high sometimes that I can’t even see the road,” said Bill Watson, a 12-year resident of Broad Run Road in Center Point.
A little more than a week ago, that dust became an even bigger concern, when a water truck appeared to be dumping a dark and pungent liquid on their road.“The water that was coming out of the truck was black,” Woods said.“Brine or something in it. It was black. In front of my house, and it smelled terrible,” Watson said.“Pretty much as soon as it hit the road you could smell it,” Woods said. Residents said the air reeked of kerosene and other chemicals.
Residents said the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection and Ryan Environmental, hired by Jay Bee Oil & Gas, made it to the scene fairly promptly. Woods and his neighbors said some soil was removed from the sides of the roads, but not all of the soil was removed. He adds that the road has not been treated since the spill.
“Whatever was put on the road is caught up in the dust. Whenever a car, or a water truck goes by it’s going to lift up that dust and everyone on this road is going to be breathing it,” Woods said. He said the DEP and Ryan Environmental took samples, they haven’t been able to get their hands on any test results.
Woods and his wife tested the water themselves soon after the black liquid was poured just feet from their home. It’s not the first time Woods tested liquids coming from those trucks. But it’s the first time his meter got the readings it did.“The conductivity levels were 10 to 12 times what they usually are,” Woods said. Woods said high levels of conductivity indicate the presence of heavy metals, which can be toxic.
A Ryan Environmental representative confirmed that they were hired by Jay Bee Oil & Gas. The Rep tells WBOY 12 News it cleaned up some of the worrisome areas in the ditch lines the weekend the spill occurred, even before testing the soil. That soil was collected for testing but those test results haven’t been analyzed yet. As far as the road, the representative said it took several samples, and the test results are currently being analyzed.
The DEP tells WBOY 12 News that preliminary readings indicate no immediate health dangers, but that it is still waiting for additional test results before determining what may need to be done as far as cleanup. WBOY 12 News asked that the DEP provide those test results when they become available.
Tagged as: black water, blowback water, chemicals, drilling, dust, fracking, marcellus shale, natural gas, Roads, trucks, water withdrawals
#2 Jun 6, 2012
It is a shame those who own the companies really don't care about human or other life forms. Only their almighty dollar.
In my opinion, I am not sure they tell the truth.
Talk to some oftheir own workers or the local gas company people.
Not always the same story.
#3 Jun 6, 2012
Them trucks and rigs run all days and night at times and they fly down the roads,Its a wonder more accidents have not happen yet ?? Iam also surprised that more tickets have not been handed down to these careless drivers who dont give a CRAP about anyone !!
THEY are a Cancer to all of us and in more then one way ! We wrote to the GOV'S office the other day just too express our personal dislike about all this,I would hope more will also E-Mail the Gov's office ? It will only take a few seconds to do this.
#4 Jun 6, 2012
Guess what... heard from a dependable source that it WAS fracking fluid that was sprayed on the road. The DEP is in damage control spewing their spin on it, just like the driver spewed the chemicals on these people. So everyone who is willing to make the effort needs to write to the WV DEP and do a FOIA request to be given copies of the ACTUAL lab results that DEP gets back of the soil samples and the water samples from the road puddles that they tested. Don't let the DEP do the usual spin they do. Listening to their spokesman on TV the other night made me outraged. The DEP guy said in effect that they were looking into what was spilled and they said there was nothing to harm the residents. Well how would they like to have fracking fluid sprayed right by their yard and what if they had little kids playing in it? People you have to start raising cain with these people that are in bed with the drillers. Other states where there was lots of drilling now have sick people, bad water, and dead pets and barn animals. Make these drillers and DEP people pay for their criminal behavior. They know they are poisoning us.
#5 Jun 6, 2012
IS it just me or what ?but I have notice a film on my truck windows and side of it when them trucks drive by alot ! I notice it take more stronger window cleaner and soap to clean it up ! I will contact one of them outfits to see what they have to say what it MIGHT BE ?? I may take a sample and keep it just in case !!
#6 Jun 6, 2012
Money Talks. We will all suffer because too many drilling permits have been issued and not enough WV inspectors, not enough studies done, doctors want more research because people are getting sick near these sites. It is a shame. WV will never be the same. Some think it is great (the oil and gas boom) but lets see what they think 10 years down the road.
#7 Jun 6, 2012
It is not just the drilling companies, but the pipeline people as well. I DO believe they think we are a true bred bunch of die hard rednecks.
They want your property, your road, surface area and everything that is pure and true to the state of beauty of WV.
Some try to really talk a great talk and use the knife on the back side. Just listen to some of their land agents. They really think we can't think.
Some of my acquaintances only see money and not the true value. I came into this world without anything and i might as well go out the same way.
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