Oil and gas companies spill millions of gallons of wastewater in Texas


Left: Produced water bubbles up to the surface near Imperial from an abandoned well. Produced water spills and discharges have taken a toll on lands across Texas. Right: An orphaned well in Crane County began spewing produced water in 2021. The salty water covered an area that required remediation and a large pit was left behind after the salty soil was excavated.

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Spill logs reveal trends

Railroad Commission leaves produced water spill rules vague

Produced water stored in tanks outside Pecos in August 2023. Spills of produced water often occur at storage tanks or from pipelines.

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Company policies vary

Left: For years, produced water has bubbled up to the surface from an abandoned well near Imperial. Known as Lake Boehmer, the site is encrusted with salt crystals and high levels of hydrogen sulfide. Right: Salt crystals from produced water that has spewed across a ranch in Crane County. The salt and chlorides can take years to break down and have lasting impacts on soil health.

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