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PHOTOS: Floodwaters in Texas Washover Oil Wells & Fracking Sites

2 May 2016, 5:15 pm

Photo- Courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin

Scores of photographs taken by state emergency-management officials show that when floodwaters rise in Texas, they inundate oil wells and fracking sites, sweeping crude and noxious chemicals into rivers throughout the Lone Star State, according to the El Paso times.

Most recently, rainbow sheen and caramel plumes can be seen radiating from tipped tanks and flooded production pads during the March flood of the Sabine River, which forms much of the state’s boundary with Louisiana. Similar scenes are visible in photos from last year’s floods of the Trinity, Red, and Colorado rivers.

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All images 2015 to present: Courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin / Texas Civil Air Patrol

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