Eagle Ford Waste Facility Approved Amidst Protests

Residents of Eagle Ford Town Won't Give Up Fight
Eagle Ford Waste Dump

Waste Dump Not Wanted in Eagle Ford

The Eagle Ford will become home to a new oil and gas waste dump in the midst of huge community opposition.

Related: Oilfield Waste is Still Big Business

Tuesday morning, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) granted a permit for the dump to be build on 143 acres in Nordheim, Texas.

Pyote Reclamation System has been trying to get approval for this project for more than three years, but the process has been mired in controversy. Many of the 307 residents of Nordheim have openly opposed the landfill, citing concerns over flooding and that the potentially dangerous site is too close to the city and their school.

Residents have been very proactive, sending in over 200 protest letters and even showing up at RRC meetings. After Tuesday’s decision, many said they will continue to fight.

“Does your client understand the social license to operate they have asked for here?” Commissioner Ryan Sitton asked the attorney for the company that wants to build and operate the site. “I’ll be candid. I don’t like the site.”

Once complete, the facility will receive waste products from drilling sites in the Eagle Ford Shale that can include oil-based mud, soil contaminated by oil spills, and drill cuttings.

Read more at rrc.tx.gov

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Elizabeth Alford

Elizabeth Alford

Elizabeth Alford writes on significant news developments in the Eagle Ford oil and gas play taking place across South TX. She is a freelance writer with an extensive communications, PR, and staff writing background.
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