Noxxe Oil and Gas, LLC owned the lease next to the Forest Cove little league fields and Townhomes. New pictures show the full extent of the toxic mess the company left behind.
Noxxe’s Troubled History
Before the company forfeited its right to do business in Texas earlier this year, the company had been:
- Sued by its own lawyers for breach of contract and non-payment of fees
- Sued by investors
- Cited by the TRCC for oil spills, unpermitted discharges, contaminated soil, leaking well heads, improper construction, failure to screen open top tanks, lack of safety measures, and failure to remediate problems
- Fined for by the TRCC for all of the above
- Investigated by League City for operating without a permit
- Ignoring depositions and hearings.
- Revoked and cancelled Noxxe’s Certificates of Compliance
- Ordered all of Noxxe’s pipeline and carrier connections severed.
The company seemed to be mired in legal troubles almost from its beginning in 2009.
Then Hurricane Harvey flooded the remains of Noxxe’s lease at 324 Forest Cove next to the little league fields. Within a month, the owner moved from Forest Cove, leaving a toxic legacy behind.
Noxxe’s Property Confiscated by State
The Texas Railroad Commission pursued Noxxe’s owner, Steve Shaffer, and finally confiscated Noxxe’s equipment.
TRRC hopes to shut in Noxxe’s wells and clean up its mess this fall after the commission’s budget recycles with the new fiscal year.
More Pictures of Noxxe’s Legacy Today
Below, some new pictures show what we will live with until then.
Several blocks west, at the Forest Cove Townhomes, Noxxe left other problems behind.
All photographs above were taken on 6/27/2020.
I have no idea how much the cleanup of all this will cost. Only one thing is clear. The public will foot the bill.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 6/28/2020
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