Water Pollution Control `Inadequate' / from Oilpatch, Says Wallace

By L. D. Barney | THE JOURNAL RECORD, November 15, 1985 | Go to article overview

Water Pollution Control `Inadequate' / from Oilpatch, Says Wallace


L. D. Barney, THE JOURNAL RECORD


The control of pollution from Oklahoma's oilpatch is inadequate, according to the water resources director for the Associatio n of Central Oklahoma Governments.

Testifying before the state senate committe investigating the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Gregory Wallace warned that the biggest threat to the state's fresh water is from abandoned or unplugged wells.

The commission recently adopted a rule that allows wells to remain unplugged "almost indefinitely," he said.

To protect Oklahoma's fresh water, Wallace recommended:

- Establishing a pollution abatement division that is not directly responsible to the commission.

- Strengthening enforcement of pollution laws by assigning at least one inspector to each county in the state.

Wallace also recommended that individuals or cities whose water has been polluted take the case into civil or criminal courts instead of through the corporation commission.

"Seventy-four percent of Corporation Commission pollution complaints have been closed with no apparent reason," Wallace said. "Only 5 percent of those remaining have come to a hearing."

The cost of cleaning up a single instance of oilfield pollution can be $2 million to $3 million, Wallace said.

Of over 15,000 wells drilled through the Garber Wellington Aquifer, central Oklahoma's ground water supply, 1,665 have been improperly plugged, he said.

Injection wells are the most economical and feasible method of disposing of salt water from wells, Wallace said, if done properly.

However, a study of 500 such wells has shown that more than a third of them failed, he said.

Maps showing the depths of fresh ground water are grossly inadequate, he said. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Water Pollution Control `Inadequate' / from Oilpatch, Says Wallace
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.