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Gas well firm found pumping waste into creek

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By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer

City employees discovered that a gas well company was pumping contaminated wastewater into a tributary of Hickory Creek, according to a Denton police report, and the company agreed to clean up the mess.

According to the report, city employees visited a well site in the 3100 block of Airport Road on Thursday and saw that a pit liner had been buried on the property and a pump was forcing the contaminated water from it into the nearby creek. A man at the site saw the city officers and turned off the pump.

City employees took samples of the creek water and learned that contaminants were far above the level allowed from wastewater. A subsequent laboratory test showed the contaminants were 10 times higher than the last time the creek water was tested, the report noted.

The company did not have a permit from the city or a state regulatory agency to pump the wastewater into the creek, the report states.

City employees sent a notice of violation of the water code to the company, and company officers agreed to clean up the site. The company was required to shut down the well site until the cleanup took place.

According to the police report, officers monitored the cleanup, and 24,360 gallons of wastewater were removed from the creek and 48 cubic yards of dirt were taken away.


Other reports

900 block of Wood Street - A woman reported Monday that she discovered that her 91-year-old mother's neighbors were stealing electricity from her.

The woman said she keeps her mother at her house during the week and takes her home on weekends. The last time she was at the house she learned that the neighbors had run an extension cord from her mother's house to theirs because their electricity had been turned off for nonpayment, the report states.

9000 block of Misty Trail, unincorporated Denton County - A woman reported to Denton County sheriff's deputies that she believes her mother's boyfriend drained her bank account after she died.

The woman said Monday that her mother had died on Thursday and she arrived to make funeral arrangements and take care of any outstanding business. She found the on-again, off-again boyfriend in the house, she said.

She could not find her mother's wallet, which contained her identification and bank card, she said. The boyfriend told her the funeral home took the wallet with the body.

When she checked the bank account, it had been emptied after her mother's death. A call to the funeral home convinced her that no one from there had taken the wallet or used the bank card, and she suspects the boyfriend, the report states.

There is now no money to pay for burial, according to the report.



From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

•  Denton police handled 294 service and officer-initiated calls, including seven thefts, one violation of city water codes, one domestic disturbance, two identification thefts, two frauds, one burglary, one counterfeit cash report and one sexual assault.

•  Denton County sheriff's dispatchers handled 524 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Twenty-nine people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one forgery, one assault on a public servant and two thefts.

•  Argyle firefighters responded to one medical call, one suicide attempt and one traffic accident.

Aubrey firefighters responded to two medical calls, two traffic accidents and one request to unlock a vehicle.

Double Oak firefighters responded to one medical call.

Krum firefighters responded to one alarm, one grass fire, one medical call and one traffic accident.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one alarm, four medical calls, one grass fire and one traffic accident.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one medical call.

Ponder firefighters responded to two grass fires and one traffic accident.

Sanger firefighters responded to one medical call, two grass fires, one overdose, one suicide attempt and one traffic accident.

DONNA FIELDER can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is .


Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.