Residents in a neighborhood south of the city of Midland have been avoiding their well water. This is after tests showed high levels of contaminants. In 1990, a similar mixture of contaminants were found at a Baker-Hughes facility nearby, and the company has been involved ever since with remediation and monitoring efforts. On Tuesday, county officials visited with affected residents.
Midland County Commissioner Luis Sanchez stands in front of a church south of Interstate 20, where residents have been coming for bottled water, ice, and information. “Alright,” he says, “I’ll give you my phone number. Again, I do want to talk to those residents.”
It’s believed that groundwater contaminants date back to a spill more than 20 years ago. “My understanding,” says Sanchez, “it was a spill that was back in the 1990s. It’s not too far from here.” He points to the north, toward a Baker-Hughes property. “It happened in that facility, somewhere on there on Market Street, on their property. Where exactly, I don’t know. Again, that would be a good Baker-Hughes question.”