A Forgotten Oil Well Births a 100-Foot Geyser in West Texas

A Forgotten Oil Well Births a 100-Foot Geyser in West Texas

West Texas geyserIn the flatness of the southern half of Crane County, where a clump of mesquite trees can count as a landmark, you can see a new hundred-foot column of salt water from five, maybe ten miles away. It shoots into the air under extraordinary pressure, as if someone had aimed a fire hydrant straight at the sky. Beginning on New Year’s Eve or in the early hours of 2022, an estimated 25,000 barrels of briny water has emerged from the earth with a dull roar each day, turning the surrounding West Texas landscape white with salt and other minerals.Even so, as is often the case in the Permian Basin, what’s happening above ground is far less interesting than what the hell is going on underground.…View Original Post

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