A Center company wants to build a commercial oil and gas waste disposal pit in Panola County.

Safefill Waste LLC, one of a number of businesses listed with the umbrella of the Center-based High Roller Group, filed an application for a waste disposal pit permit with the Texas Railroad Commission on Feb. 5. The proposed Safefill Panola County Landfill would handle non-hazardous solid waste generated in the exploration and production of oil and gas, based on the application and information provided to affected neighbors.

The proposed site is about 11 miles southeast of Carthage, five miles north of Joaquin and directly next to the Sabine River at 7590 FM 31 South on a total of 561 acres in Galloway.

The proposed pit would accept several types of waste, including:

  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act exempt oil and gas wastes that do not contain recoverable hydrocarbons
  • RCRA nonexempt oil and gas wastes
  • wastes from commercial oil and gas facilities and reclamation plants that do not contain recoverable hydrocarbons
  • solid or semisolid form
  • water base drilling fluid and the associated cuttings
  • oil base drilling fluid and the associated cuttings*
  • tank bottoms*
  • waste material from produced water collecting pits
  • produced formation sand
  • non-injectable waste waters
  • soil contaminated with produced water
  • soil contaminated with crude oil or condensate*
  • solid wastes from gas dehydration and sweetening
  • iron sulfide
  • spent activated carbon and other filtering and separation media*
  • liners from pits that contained exempt oil and gas waste
  • inert waste, such as uncontaminated concrete and wood

The company said wastes listed above with an asterisk have the potential to contain recoverable hydrocarbons and would not be accepted if they contained recoverable hydrocarbons — unless the generator provides data to demonstrate that the oil content is less than 7 percent. Those

The company also noted the proposed facility would also accept RCRA nonexempt oil and gas waste if data demonstrated it did not exhibit the characteristics of a hazardous waste.

Property owners living adjacent to the proposed site in Galloway were notified in a letter dated Feb. 5.

Anyone wishing to protest the proposed waste disposal pit must send their comments to the Texas Railroad Commission. Protests have to be received within 15 days of the date the application was filed — meaning Feb. 20. Send protests to Technical Permitting Section, Oil and Gas Division, Railroad Commission of Texas, P.O. Box 12967, Austin, TX 78711.

Plans call for a double-lined landfill with 26 cells that would be equipped with leachate collection and leak detection systems, as well as an underdrain groundwater system; three concrete drying pads and two waste receiving pits for solidification of semisolid wastes; a concrete wash pad; storage tanks; and two on-site salt water disposal wells.

High Roller Group also operates two other commercial oil and gas waste disposal facilities in the region, both of which are waste separation facilities: The Shelby County Commercial Oil and Gas Stationary Treatment Facility near Joaquin and the Commercial Stationary Treatment Facility in San Augustine County.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.