As Fracking Proliferates in Texas, So Do Disposal Wells

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This article is part of an occasional series on water and hydraulic fracturing by The Texas Tribune and StateImpact Texas.

GONZALES, Texas — In a dusty lot off the main highway in this South Texas town, Vern Sartin pointed to a collection of hose hookups and large storage tanks used for collecting wastewater from hydraulic fracturing jobs.

“We run about 30 to 40 trucks a day, 24-7,” Sartin said. “Depending on how the oil fracking is going out there, if they’re hustling and bustling, then we’re hustling and bustling.”

Sartin is a watchman at a disposal well operated by ...

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