“Nobody really knows what you’re supposed to do”: Leaking, exploding abandoned wells wreak


Railroad Commission touts swift response

The Railroad Commission of Texas built similar pits in the surrounding area to collect the leaking water and haul it offsite.

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Saltwater flooding clusters in the Permian Basin

Bill Wight on his ranch in Crane County. Wight purchased the property over a decade ago, hoping to leave a legacy for his family to inherit.

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Trying to avert the next flood

Cause of blowouts perplexes experts

The high levels of salt water left a white tint on the soil on Bill Wight’s property.

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Bill Wight walks on his property, ravaged by rupturing salt water from an abandoned well.

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Sarah M. Vasquez for The Texas Tribune



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