West Texas Oasis Outside Fort Stockton or Toxic pond?
In between Fort Stockton and Monahans and not too far from us here in Midland/Odessa is what looks to be a mirage of an oasis in the middle of the West Texas desert. The man made mass of water sits about 25 miles North of Fort Stockton.
Don't let the beautiful shade of sea green from the water fool you. The 65 acres of water is three times salter than the ocean. The lake emits hydrogen sulfide gas that smells like rotten eggs and in certain circumstances has the potential to kill the occasional bird or duck and can cause headaches and nausea in people. It is not a spot for summer fun that's for sure.
The lake is the result of a Pecos county well that has been leaking toxic salt water since 2003...so almost two decades and no one knows why or who should he taking responsibility.
According to an article in April on Cbs7.com, the Texas Railroad Commission finally released a statement about the man made toxic lake.
Basically the statement is denying the reports that the lake is in fact releasing hydrogen sulfide and that recently it's been releasing unusually high amounts of hydrogen sulfide.
According to the release made my the Texas Railroad Commission, "The reports state that readings as high as 14,000 parts per million were recorded at the site. Levels above 700 ppm would mean sudden unconsciousness and above 1,000 ppm would result in “nearly instant death,” according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration". The statement goes on the say that they're investigating a complaint that was made by the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District.
When I zoomed in on this at first I thought this was a boat darting across the lake.
The statement says the RRC went out to the location in January and that no H2S was detected. What do you think? Is the lake a hazard to people, animals and the environment? What should the RRC be doing about the lake?