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According to mechanics lien claims, Union Processing Systems owes six contractors over $2 million following renovations to their industrial disposal facility in Montgomery County, Texas.

Formerly known as TexCom Gulf Disposal, Union Processing Systems is a wastewater processing company which has had its fair share of controversy since applying for a permit to build deep injection wells for industrial waste in 2005.

Local organizations such as Stop The Toxic Wells have protested its construction for concerns over groundwater contamination.

The mechanics liens are related to the construction of a driveway and other improvements to the facility, located at 16185 Creighton Road in Conroe, Texas.

Mechanics liens are widely used by contractors who have gone unpaid on a construction project. If a lien is filed on a property, the owner cannot sell it until they settle the payment dispute.

Six Contractors Owed $2M in Mechanics Liens

The general contractor on the project was Chemical, Refining, and Terminal Systems, LLC (CRT). CRT is an industrial service company that performs inspections, cleanings, fabrication and construction, and other related services.

Each lien was filed with the clerk in Montgomery County, where the project is located.

CRT furnished labor and materials for the project from November 18th, 2019 to December 8th, 2019. After going unpaid, CRT filed a mechanics lien on July 13th, 2020 for the amount of $1.2 million. CRT is based out of Channelview, Texas.

The second-largest lien was filed by Randy Roan Construction on October 14th and December 12th of 2019. Randy Roan contracted directly with Union Processing Systems to supply labor and materials related to site work, utility, demolition, traffic control, haul off, and construction staking. Randy Roan filed their lien for the unpaid amount of $518K.

UPS Instrument & Electrical Services, doing business as Houston Controls, filed a mechanics lien on April 7th, 2020 for the delinquent amount of $98K. Houston Controls was subcontracted by CRT for labor and materials for underground conduit and electrical cables for the Union processing facility. Houston Controls provided services from January 10th, 2020 to February 28th, 2020.

Benson’s Rockhard Construction was contracted by Randy Roan Construction. Benson’s went unpaid after furnishing labor and materials related to concrete foundation work and other improvements. The subcontractor filed a mechanics lien on December 12th, 2019, claiming $95.5K in unpaid wages.

Global Coat, under contract with JB Industries, filed a mechanics lien on March 19th, 2020 to the amount of $62.4K. Global Coat was hired to provide labor and materials for the coating of a truck loading containment area. Global first furnished on November 18th, 2019 and last furnished on December 8th, 2019.

Lastly, Millennium Welding filed a mechanics lien on May 18th, 2020 for the amount of $41K. Millennium was a subcontractor to CRT, and they were hired for field labor work and to provide a welder machine and a threader machine. Millennium first furnished services on November 4th, 2019 and last furnished on February 3rd, 2020.

None of the mechanics liens have yet been released.

Lawsuit and Controversy Regarding Union Processing Systems

The Union Processing Systems facility, located at 16185 Creighton Road in Conroe, Texas, has been a site of heated controversy since 2011.

Despite the board recommending against it, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) granted Union (formerly known as TexCom) a permit to construct four injection well sites on a 27-acre plot of land off FM 3083 in April of 2011. Before TexCom purchased the land, it was the site of an old oil field.

Being littered with inactive wells, locals and the county of Montgomery alleged that inactive wells could act as channels for the waste injected into the ground by TexCom, which could contaminate the town’s groundwater supply.

TexCom responded with a lawsuit against Montgomery County that argued the county unconstitutionally deprived the disposal company of the use and economic benefit of their property. The lawsuit was thrown out by Federal Judge Nancy F. Atlas in June of 2014.

Union Processing Systems have since been asked to renew the permit, having successfully completed the process in 2017. One injection well has already been built.