Frac Pond Floods Residents Property In Gardendale 8/23/13
August 23, 2013
Neighbors say it was an accident waiting to happen. An above ground Frac pond that lies about one thousand feet from the home broke.
"clearly they're drilling to close to people's homes," said Debbie Leverett, a relative of the home owner.
Neighbors tell CBS 7 Berry Petroleum had been filling the Frac pond the past few days and this morning it broke.
"The dam broke and flooded onto private property. I'm not sure what's in this water," she said.
Berry Petroleum told the residents it’s fresh water but they remain skeptical.
"It scared me because I was afraid. I wasn't sure what was in this water," she said.
Water trucks were on site all morning and afternoon sucking up the water on the oil company’s property. Now residents want their home cleaned up as well.
“And they're busy cleaning up that side but I don't know who's going to be responsible helping them get this side cleaned up," she said.
Berry Petroleum released a statement saying: “Friday morning, there was a breach in a portable tank on a Berry Oil location. The tank contained water pumped from the Santa Rosa formation. Our crew began clean up of the water immediately, assisted by vacuum trucks.”