DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS, TX — There was a nice lake breeze Wednesday, but Pappy Elkins Lake in Dalworthington Gardens reeked of dead fish.
“It smells like a spoiled meat market,” one visitor yelled.
Over the past week, there’s been a massive fish kill in the lake and water levels are way don.
Folks are stinking mad at what’s going on.
“I’m very saddened. As a birder looking a this is somewhat devastating because it’s going to change the wildlife that’s here.”
The Pappy Elkins Restoration Group says there is a culprit, other than the Texas drought, to blame. They point the finger at XTO Energy, which operates a hydro-fracking operation right next to the lake.
In fact, XTO Energy was cited by the Texas Commission for pumping out 1.4 million more gallons of water than its permit allows.
XTO Energy denies the allegations and sent NewFix a statement saying, “XTO has responded to the TCEQ with documentation, including a letter from the city of Dalworthington Gardens explaining an error made on their part for incorrectly identifying water pumped into the lake as water diverted from the pond.”
Sounds complicated. The city did not respond to our request for clarification.
One thing is clear though, this lake ain’t what it used to be.