Harvey inundated many old oil and gas properties in Humble and Kingwood, including many old stripper wells and storage tanks. Nowhere is the problem more apparent than in the abandoned well site next to the Forest Cove little league fields.
Proximity of Abandoned Site and Little League Fields
Harvey floodwaters toppled and rusted tanks which are now leaking onto the soil around them. The wells and equipment have been abandoned. All within range of a long fly ball.
A home run and you’re out! Ain’t no one going over that fence for the long ball.
Economics of Stripper Wells
As oil fields mature and well production declines, thinly capitalized operators often buy up old “stripper” wells. They hope they can still turn a profit because of their lower overhead compared to majors. But when a disaster like Harvey strikes, it exposes the flaw in that formula.
It won’t take a major flood to cause more problems on this site and surrounding properties. Even a minor flood could spread this foul mess around.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 6/16/2020
1022 Days since Hurricane Harvey