The Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) had been making good progress on cleaning up the abandoned oil field between the Forest Cove Little League fields and the San Jacinto West Fork. However, it recently stepped back from the job when the mineral owners signed an agreement with a new operator to acquire several orphan wells.
Harvey’s Toxic Legacy
Floods from Hurricane Harvey destroyed the field and then the operator at the time, Noxxe Oil & Gas, went bankrupt. The company with a joke name (Exxon spelled backwards) turned out to be anything but a joke. It left behind a toxic legacy on the shores of Lake Houston, the source of drinking water for more than 2 million people.
New Activity Spotted at Site
A company called Southcoast Production, Inc. recently put a sign up at the entrance and began taking heavy equipment into the site.
From the air, I spotted what appears to be a workover rig pulling pipe at one of the old well sites.
Huge Improvement, But Some Work Yet to Do
When the new operator took over the lease, the TRRC ceased its cleanup and plugging operations to let the new operator bring the site into compliance. The cleanup isn’t quite done yet. But whoever has been cleaning this site up, it looks and smells far better than it did last year.
Turning the Pumps Back On
Centerpoint recently brought electricity to the site so Southcoast could begin operating pumpjacks again.
It’s good to see someone taking responsibility for this oil field. In its post-Harvey condition, it was an environmental catastrophe.
Thanks to the TRRC and State Representative Dan Huberty for helping to accelerate the cleanup effort.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 11/2/2021
1526 Days since Hurricane Harvey
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