Investigate Flood-Related Oil Spills

Target: Chairman David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission

Goal: Investigate alleged leaks from fracking wastewater ponds and oil wells.

Photos shot by Texas emergency responders during March’s flooding along the Sabine river appear to show floodwaters swamping wastewater ponds from fracking sites, and spills from oil wells. In several photographs dark plumes of chemicals can be seen moving from oil facilities, downstream. Furthermore, there is photographic evidence of oil spills caused by the flooding of the Trinity, Red and Colorado rivers throughout the past three years. However, while there is a record of the immediate area of the spill being decontaminated, there is no record of how far the contaminants traveled from the spill site or how much of each substance leaked. The lack of information on this issue is particularly disturbing as the floodwaters allowed chemicals to move much farther than regular spills, contaminating a larger area, compromising ecosystems, and potentially threatening drinking water. This inaction is a threat to public health.  

The Texas Railroad Commission serves as the regulatory body for the oil and gas industry in Texas and yet they have done little to investigate the full extent of the oil spills. Sign our petition and demand a thorough and transparent investigation into these spills, and an effective cleanup of contaminated areas.


Dear Chairman Porter ,

I was disturbed to hear of the spills from oil production, storage facilities, and wastewater ponds during flooding along the Sabine river, and to see the photographic evidence. It was even more disturbing to me to see that the Texas Railroad Commission report neither mentions the spread of contaminants past the immediate vicinity of the spill nor is there a record of how much of a given substance spilled.

With photographic evidence of similar spills all over Texas for the past three years and the possibility of future floods, I urge you as Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission to investigate these spills, and determine the full effects on the ecosystems and health of Texas.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Peter Ma 

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