Roywell Services' Response to Ector County Allegations
On March 7, 2014 Ector County, Texas filed a civil suit against Roywell Services alleging the company improperly disposed of chemicals commonly used in our operations.
We take very seriously any report or allegation regarding improper handling of chemicals and waste products. 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.
The media has called specific attention to the presence of xylene at the Odessa water treatment facility and suggested this chemical originated at our location. While the investigation is ongoing, the Company has no reason to believe that the chemicals alleged to have been found at the Odessa water treatment plant were the result of any activities at the Company's facility. What we know at this time is the xylene delivered by our suppliers and to our customers has been accounted for in our records and in our storage. Xylene is an expensive and valuable product we monitor closely.
We are reaffirming company procedures for the proper handling of all materials handled at our facilities. While we are conducting a full investigation to understand exactly what happened, we can guarantee our longstanding commitment to safety and protection of the environment.
Our Odessa facility is in full operation and service to our customers is uninterrupted.
John D. McLain