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Industrial waste water spill was minimal

By Brian Cuaron
July 28, 2011 at 2:28 a.m.


Showers of water fell near Business U.S. Highway 59 last week, but it wasn't from the heavens.

Abel Almaguer, plant manager for American Disposal Services, said produced water - the water produced when oil is refined - shot in the air toward the highway.

The company's saltwater disposal facility, located near Laurent Street and Business 59, had a spill of produced water on July 20, according to Ramona Nye, media relations representative for the Texas Railroad Commission.

Less than five barrels of the water leaked, Nye wrote in an email. The company was required to clean the spill but not report it to the commission.

The commission sent an inspector to the facility after the Advocate called about it.

Nye wrote that a hose at a well head had a leak, and that the operator reported shutting it down within five minutes. The inspector found no violation of the commission's pollution rules.

If a person's vehicle was affected by the spill, they can't go to the commission for compensation.

Nye wrote that such a situation would be a civil matter between the vehicle owner and the facility's operator.

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