Erin Brockovich Investigators Expand Chromium Search

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - Still no sign this week of the extent of the contamination in Midland County's well water. Several groups, including state officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have been testing the chromium contaminated area south of Interstate 20 for months. Now, activist Erin Brockovich and her investigators are planning to make another trip to Midland as they expand their search.

In the last month, both state officials with the TCEQ and Erin Brockovich's investigators have continued to test private water wells, trying to find the boundaries of the contamination. However, there still appears to be a lot more work ahead.

On Tuesday, investigators with Erin Brockovich said their group is planning to expand their testing south of the current contamination site near I-20 and Cotton Flat Road. They also said the contamination is very extensive, which is why neither the TCEQ or private investigators have found clear-cut boundaries. NewsWest 9 has learned Erin Brockovich is planning to make another appearance in Midland later this month.

The high amounts of chromium six were first discovered in well water earlier this year, and since then, officials have installed dozens of filters on private wells.

At the end of June, state officials told NewsWest 9 to expect a long process of searching to figure out the extend of the chromium and apply for superfund funding, which provides the money for extensive environmental problems. For more information in the ongoing TCEQ investigation: