Kermit Residents Fed Up

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

KERMIT - Residents of Kermit on North Elem Street first noticed a rotten egg smell and then they began seeing run off in their front yards due to illegal dumping in this nearby lot by oilfield tanks. 

Paul Briones, a resident says, "All of the effluent water that is discharged from the trucks, just dumping that water out here."

Another resident adds, "Before the rain yesterday there was a yellow coating all over the dirt, it was yellow everywhere."

Residents first noticed the problem a few months ago and now it is spreading to their yards. 

"I have grand kids and they can't play in the water," another concerned resident, said.

Neighbors say they believe the illegal dumping is due to the oil boom, and workers taking shortcuts and dumping brine water wherever they can.

Briones says, "This is the after effects of oil. Yeah, we have to have oil for our cars, but this is what happens right here. 

The Texas Railroad Commission was on scene investigating and taking soil samples. 

They hope that residents will soon be able to breathe a little easier.

"I don't think they need to be doing this, it is in the city limits and this shouldn't be going on," another neighbor said.

NewsWest 9 spoke with the owner of the property and he says he was unaware of any dumping and says it must have happened overnight. He adds that he will begin cleaning up the area and fencing in the lot.

The Railroad Commission says as long as the owner cleans up the mess he will not incur any fines.