“They just don’t care as far as I can tell…” oil/water mix leaks into family farm

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OKLAHOMA COUNTY -- Oklahoma homeowners are furious, after a salt water mix leaks from a nearby oil and gas facility.

The leak sprung sometime late Tuesday afternoon, and as it ran into the family's vegetation, they demanded to know what's in it.

When David Loftis returned to his rural Oklahoma County home Tuesday, he found a muddy mess.

"There was a leak at this well site...and it came down the road," explained Loftis. "[It] then went under the road into our pasture."

Officials on scene told KFOR the watery substance was in fact salt water, with some oil mixed in, leaked from a line connected to a tank battery up the road.

"Turns out it's a water disposal line that we just installed," explained Rick Johnson, operations manager with Gastar, the group who runs the facility. "They shut down the line, and since then we started the reclamation process of getting the saltwater out of the ditches."

But the damage had been done, now David wants to know how much.

"There's something other than just saltwater that's being dumped out of this well, into my stream and killing all of my vegetation," claims Loftis.

David's also concerned for his livestock, if the water were to mix into a pond on his land.

However, because of the recent rain, Gastar says the damage should be minimal.

"In other situations, where you see the ground's this wet...typically [vegetation] are not gonna be affected," said Johnson. "Normally [livestock] wont drink enough to get them sick, we will fence off the area."

David's not buying it, and he's blaming the oil and gas industry as a whole.

"They're ruining our property values, damaging the homes, and they just don't care as far as I can tell."

Officials with Oklahoma Corporation Commission say they will be on scene early Wednesday morning, to assess the damage moving forward.

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