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PIP Minerals

No further Superfund environmental response actions are required on this former drilling mud mixing facility in Liberty, Liberty County.

Site Background

The PIP Minerals site is located at 3303-1/2 Beaumont Avenue, north of Old Beaumont Road and east of the Route 146 Bypass in Liberty County. Major Mud Consultants, Inc., leased the 2.29 acres to Drlg Mud Company, Inc., for operating a drilling mud mixing operation. In 1983, Drlg Mud Company subleased a warehouse to PIP Minerals, while retaining the right to keep a drilling mud mixing plant on the property. PIP Minerals used the warehouse until 1985 as a storage facility for drilling mud additives and drilling chemical products for use in the oil and gas drilling business. Dayton State Bank foreclosed on the property in October 1983. A property inspection and inventory in August 1985 showed 6 tanks containing diesel fuel and drilling fluids and approximately 60 drums of sodium bichromate and other material left on the site. In 1987, a site inspection reported 4 tanks and 36 drums on the site. By February 1988, there were 2 tanks and about 20-30 drums on the site. A month later, an inspection reported 30 drums and no tanks. The north end of the property had been cleaned and graded. There were reports of 2 sodium bichromate burial cells outside the warehouse, however trenching failed to locate any on-site buried wastes.

Superfund Actions Taken to Date

  • October 16, 1987, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (12 TexReg 3858-3859) describing the site, proposing the site to the state Superfund registry, and announcing that a public meeting to receive citizen comments would be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 19, 1987.
  • January 22, 1988, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (13 TexReg 427-428) listing the site on the state Superfund registry.
  • May 13, 1991, all remaining drums were removed from the site.
  • July 1991, the inside of the warehouse was washed and the washwater was analyzed. No actionable level of contamination was detected.
  • September 1, 1993, effective date of the creation of the Texas Natural Resource
    Conservation Commission from the joining of the Texas Water Commission and the Texas Air Control Board and a portion of the Texas Department of Health.
  • February 29, 1996, a risk assessment concluded that contaminants on the site should not cause health or environmental concern, and that the site could be safely used for residential development without any further remediation.
  • June 16, 1996, a legal notice was published in the Liberty Vindicator proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c) and inviting public comment on the determination that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action planned.
  • June 18, 1996, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register (21 TexReg 5637-5638) proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c) and inviting public comment on the determination that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action planned.
  • June 19, 1996, a legal notice was published in The Liberty Gazette proposing to delete the site from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c), and inviting public comment on the determination that the site no longer presented an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action planned.
  • August 30, 1996, a legal notice was published in the Texas Register, (21 TexReg 8331 -8332) officially deleting PIP Minerals from the state Superfund registry in accordance with 30 TAC §335.344(c). No challenges or comments were received to the determination that the site no longer presents an imminent or substantial endangerment to public health and safety or the environment. No further remedial action is planned.
  • September 1, 2002, effective date of the name change from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

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Site Specific Information

EPA ID : TXD981517170
Location : Liberty, Liberty County
Site Status : CLEANUP COMPLETE - NO FURTHER SUPERFUND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED
Type of Facility : Drilling Mud Mixing
Category : Deleted from Registry
Media Affected : Soil
Latitude : 30º03'42"N
Longitude : -94º46'10"W
Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) : 13.51
Contaminants at time of HRS : Barium, Chromium, Caustic Material, Drilling Chemicals
TCEQ Region : Houston - 10
Funded by : Potentially Responsible Parties

Contact Information

Superfund Program Contact
Jeffrey E. Patterson
Phone: 512-239-2489 or 1-800-633-9363
E-mail: superfnd@tceq.texas.gov

Records Repositories

Daingerfield Public Library
207 Jefferson Street
Daingerfield, TX 75638
903-645-2823

TCEQ Central File Room
12100 Park 35 Circle Building E,
First Floor Room 103
Austin, TX 78753
512-239-2900
512-239-1850 (fax)
cfrreq@tceq.texas.gov