April 4, 2014
Roywell Services Investigation Update
Roywell Services has taken very seriously the allegation of improper handling of chemicals and waste products at our Odessa facility. We are cooperating with the investigators from Ector County and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and hired a respected environmental firm, Talon LPE, to take samples at our facility. We also have launched our own internal investigation to fully understand what may or may not have happened at our facility as reported to the authorities by a disgruntled employee. Importantly, we have, under regulatory supervision, completed the testing of soil on our property to determine if indeed xylene was spilled or released.
TCEQ and Ector County officials, working with Roywell’s environmental consultant, identified and took samples from thirty-one locations at our Odessa facility. On March 11, 2014, two soil samples were taken just outside the southern boundary of the property. On March 18, 2014, twenty-nine additional samples across the entire property were collected, including several background samples. All the samples were analyzed in accordance with accepted EPA methodologies at Xenco Laboratories, a certified laboratory.
This week Roywell Services delivered to the TCEQ, the Ector County Health Department, and Ector County Judge Susan Redford the complete report of results on the thirty-one soil samples taken from its property. The laboratory analysis showed that no xylene was detected in any of the samples. Roywell is not the source of any xylene detected at the Ector County wastewater treatment plant. Whatever that source is, it will remain a source until it is discovered and addressed.
The sampling at the Roywell facility did identify several locations on the property with levels of sodium chloride (salt) above background levels in the area. While these chlorides are non-hazardous, Roywell is taking steps to address those identified areas by removing and replacing the top several inches of caliche in those locations.