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Pollution spill kills pond fish, upsets landowner beyond words

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EDMOND, Okla.-- Tuesday afternoon, after a Gastar oil rig leaked a saltwater and oil mixture onto a landowners property, shortly after the operations manager of the facility claimed the damage would be minimal.

Now, just a few days later, the property owner says he's finding dozens of dead fish floating in his pond.

For the past nine years, the pond sitting on the Loftis family's 10 acres has been a paradise, but that all changed when David Loftis says the oil rig spilled, polluting his land.

Loftis was too choked up to talk about how the waste water spill could potentially affect his family's daily life.

He said a saltwater and oil mixture spilled from this Gastar oil and gas facility and seeped into his little slice of heaven.

He believes it's responsible for killing the fish his children catch in their backyard.

"Right now im just a little angry," Loftis said.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission Spokesman Matt Skinner explained just how destructive waste water really is.

"The Romans used to sprinkle salt around countries that they had vanquished in order to destroy their crops and keep them in submission. This is a kind of water that can do that kind of thing. That's why the rules for handling it and deposing of it are so strict," Skinner said.

The rules for a waste water spill are just as serious.

"You have to restore the land, the water back to the way it was," Skinner Said.

Days after the spill and Loftis says his land is still polluted, and he believes his live stock could also be in danger.

"My animals had access to that pond only for water for over 24 hours," Loftis said.

Gastar did come back out more than a day after the spill and fenced off the pond.

But it's not just his pond he's worried about. Loftis said it could affect landowners around him.

"That's possibly starting to affect their land, that's a beautiful property over there, we call it the park," Loftis said.