by Max Brantley
Brummett finally got help when a local member of a gas exploration advisory committee, Jeff Pistole, roused state regulators. Channel 4 reported:
The pond lies on the far edge of the drilling pad. It's lined with a thick black pad and emits a strong petroleum odor. Two workers were at the pond Saturday, trying to reinforce a levee next to the pond that was full of the murky, black fluid.
Before the levee was built, Brummett and Pistole say the leaking fluid was flowing down into a stream that joined other creeks and tributaries before eventually flowing into Greer's Ferry Lake, the source of drinking water for more than 200,000 people in Arkansas.
It wasn't immediately clear if the fluid actually contaminated the water, but Pistole says someone needs to fix the pool.
"We don't what's in them, what's in the chemicals, and we certainly don't want that in our drinking water," Pistole said.