A Fishy Mess in Jewett

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

The Enyarts love their Jewett home.

"There's something about just sitting out here and seeing the reflection of the trees that's really relaxing," said Trina Enyart.

However, last week the Enyarts say the view stopped being peaceful, and started grossing them out.

That’s when they say something washed into the gully that leads to their pond.

"Got trapped in here long enough to kill my vegetation," said Ricky Enyart.

That's when dead fish started popping up.

"Crappie and bass and catfish," said Ricky.

The Enyarts stocked their pond two years ago.

"Just a week ago it was so clear you could see the bass. I mean I'm talking bass," said Trina Enyart.

"You could see the fish swimming up. They're swimming different now," said Ricky.

Little by little, whatever it is, it keeps coming.

"What you're looking at is what was on this side of the lake and has washed over to the other side and that was a day ago," said Trina, showing a picture of the contamination.

The Enyarts believe a fuel station about 800 yards up might have something to do with it.

"I know they pressure wash it and it has oils all over the top of it," said Ricky. "Whenever they wash it I have a concern there because there's no way that they'll be able to catch all of that."

The couple has lived here 16 years and say occassionally they've seen small streams of oil, but never enough to kill their fish.

"I don't guess we'll have a chance to catch any of those now," said Trina.

They want the contamination stopped, so they can restock, and reel 'em in again.

The Texas Railroad Commission is testing samples of the water. The TRC is the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in our state.

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