On Friday afternoon, March 19, 2010, I went out to the Cummins C-West gas well pad site in West flower mound. I wanted to see for myself, what if any damage was caused by the spill. By the time I arrived the cleanup crew had already removed all of the contaminated dirt. The crew's had already put down new dirt and gravel and shored up the retainer berms.
While no one wants any type of the spill or emission, the safety systems built around the pad site worked to prevent the spill from leaving the site. Again, proving that natural gas drilling and production can be done safely without causing harm to the community or the environment.
To put the spill in perspective, consider 3360 gallons would fill a 12 foot diameter child's backyard plastic swimming pool 1 foot deep. The majority of the fluid was flow back which is fresh water but it did contain a small percentage of produced water witch is predominately saltwater.
The best part of the day was meeting Canaan Swearingin of Archer Flow Back Services out of Mineral Wells Texas. Canaan is a production well technician and he knows how to make that natural gas flow out of that well head. He cranks up his massive pumps and puts the nitrogen in the hole until the gas starts to flow.
So the next time you turn on your lights, take a warm shower, or turn on your heat when it's cold outside thank Canaan Swearingen for doing his job. We all take it for granted, these conveniences that make our lives very very comfortable. It's because of guys like Canaan working on the frontlines bringing this energy to the surface for our use.
A few of you out in the community might want to quit being a bunch of cry babies and whiners, and might want to try and grow a pair and act like men.