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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT IN SEVEN SECTIONS'" 10c DAlLY-20c" SUNDAY Pw Trent Farmers Claim Salt Pollution Rising 1 J J ti "''V.. "'v< problem cropping up The above field is crusted with white crystals that have the look and tate of salt Uamp spots have appeared in other fields, and one fanner who was diceine a jpost hole hit salt water with his post hole digger. (Staff Photo) WEATHERT U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU IWMtticr Mjp, Pigs IA) ABILENE AMD VICINITY radius) Partly cloudy and warm Sunday ttvEXjgh Monday with a chance ol scattered mainly flffernooo and evening times Hfah BVood Downpour Brings Flooding Thunderstorms played hit and miss with the Big Country Sat- and when they hit the results' were eye-opening in some cases. Brownwood appeared to have felt the brunt of Mother Nature's attack as almost four inches of rain drenched the area in less than five hours Saturday afternoon, causing minor flash flooding of the city's low -lying areas and stalling scores of ve- hicles. The Big Spring area was also a victim, but the city itself caught less than one half inch. The northwestern part of 2 Abilenians Killed In 2 Accidents Two Abilene residents were killed and four others were seriously Injured in separate accidents Saturday afternoon near Stonewall and Coleman. Victims were Mrs. L. A. Gustafson of 1126 Peach, 67, who died near Stonewall, and Mrs. Maryland C. Zellibor, 41, who was dead on arrival at Overall- Morris Hospital in Coleman. L, A. Guslafson was listed in critical condition and in surgery Saturday night at Brackenridge Hospital In Austin with multiple injuries. Receiving treatment and listed In serious condition at Hendrick Memorial Hospital in Abilene were David Liscomb Pullias, 58, and his wife, Elizabeth, 57. Aar- on Earl King, 21, also of Abilene, remained in the Coleman hospital. Highway Patrolman Jack Derington of Coleman said Pullias appeared to have a fractured pelvis and was taken immediately to the Abilene hospital. Mrs. Pullias had internal injuries and was transferred shortly afterward from Coleman. King, said Derington, had a broken right leg and was In serious condition and suffering from shock. Derington said Mrs. Zellibor was driving toward Coleman from Abilene and Pullias was driving the opposite direction when the accident occurred at a long curve in the rain-slick high- way. King was a passenger In the Zellibor auto. The accident occurred about p.m., and Mrs. was Tan to WRECKS, Pg. 8-A Howard County .measured an estimated two inches, with some hail and high winds reported on a line from Luther to Fairview, a distance of about 8 miles. The southwestern portion of Big Spring reported a smatter- ing of hail. To the southeast part of the county, Coahoma had only a trace and Chalk had .57. Veal- moor had .60 and no hail wind. Rotan caught .60 in afternoon spurts, but up to 3.50 was reported five miles southwest of Rolan in two separate showers. Other parts of the county ranged from 1.50 to 3.50. lioscoe reported .85, and Sweetwater had only a trace Saturday night. Roby itself had only .15 early Saturday, but a fraction over one inch was reported five miles west of town toward Snyder. Other rainfall totals included Old Glory, M; Dublin, .05- Be Leon, .22 on Saturday for a two day total of .30; Moran, .20; Comanche, .20 and still raining hard at 7 p.m.; Hawley .05 on Friday and Sylvester, .28 in a light rain which lasted most of the day; Paint Rock, .60; and ''good spring showers" at Has- Kcli and Stamford. The Brownwood Police Dept. aided by Brownwood Citizens Band Radio Emergency Unit blocked numerous intersections and rescued stranded motorists in high water areas. A spokesman for the unit said that at least two dozen vehicles Turn In WEATHER, Pg. s-A and Monday ,fl7, i Sunday tow Sunday nfgbt to 15 per hour Winds Jwultwrly per our Probability of rain Sunday, Sunday nighl and Monday Is 40 TEMPERATURES a.m. i iS 65 6S 67 _ tar 74-hours ending it 70 74 75 76........." High and low p.m.: 73 And 65. and'j "nd Mm< VMr: "t9hl: f-m-i lodiiy: B.m.; junitt tonight, t: Humldltv at p.m.; per ctnl. IT i! ABILENE Sat. Af u n i c i p a 1 2-Day Total Airport Trace ALBANY Trace BIG SPRING 25 BRECKENRIDGE 38 BROWNWOOD 385 COMANCHE 20 DE LEON '22 DUBLIN 05 HAMLIN 224 "ASKKLI........ Trace HAWLEY 10 MORAN........... 20 OLD 0 LORY '85 PAfNT HOCK 80 ROBY J5 ROSCOE 85 ROTAN '50 STAMFORD Trace SWEETWATER Trace SYLVESTER 28 .30 ,15 By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News Assistant Editor A dozen or so farmers who own land three to four miles north and northwest of Trent think they have a serious pollution problem. And (Key feet that govern- ment, for all the politicians' talk about "clean up of the environ- is not helping them cure their troubles. The tend involved is in, ant! east of, the White Flat oil field. It covers an area roughly three miles wide and five miles long in the region where Jones and Taylor and Fisher and Nolan Counties corner. Salt problems cropped up about two years ago. Lately "something's land- owners feel, to worsen the the situation. A STOCK TANK .at the 0. V. Barnhill place was suddenly afloat with dead fish one morning in early April. The Barnhills thought Ihe fish had been poisoned. A game warden who came to check said, no, the tank water had turned briny. Chloride count in the water now is parts per million more than 10 times the maximum recommended for drinking water. A water well on Pete Neill's farm, one he used for many years to irrigate a garden, now is abandoned. Chloride count in it is ppm. Odell Freeman, whose father settled his clan at White Flat in 1302, recently drilled a new well for stock water, He is not using it. Chlorides, 596 ppm at the surface. Wafer from a faucel at the James E. Freeman home "curdles" when soap is added. A field alongside the Trerit- Sylvesler Road, FAf 1085, shows straggly remains of what was a good crop last year. Now it is crusted with white crystals that hare (he look and taste of salt. There are "damp" spots in olher fields, spots which have not dried enough this spring to plow. One farmer, Barnhill, was digging a post hole (he other day. He hit salt water with the past hole digger. THE LANDOWNERS believe their pollution is coming frnm the While Flat oil field, a major field since the early 1950s, a field which provides many of them royalty checks. NEWSlNDEX Abilene Events 2-B Amusements....... lfi-19-C Aitroloay 12-f Austin NBtefceolt....... Berry's World.........4-T Books........... U-F Business Outlook 5-B Cfonifiedi..........6-11-D Crossroads Report 2-B Crossword 6-F EditoriaFs 4-g Farm 10-A Hospital Patients...... 6-A Jumble 1J.F Letter to Servicemen 5-B Markets Obituariej 5-A, 11-0 Oil 12-D Records 12-C Sports 1-5-D Texas! i.g To Your Good Health 0-F TV Tof, (Pullout of Seel. B) Women's News 1-1 I-C And they feel that the Texas Railroad Commission, the stale agency with jurisdiction over pollution troubles from oil field operation, has given too little attention to their problems. "Nobody seems to pay us much said J. M, Freeman, brother of OdeSl. "1 know the oil is important I've been gelting royalty checks since 1953. But we have to protect our land and water." "The Raib-oad Commission jusl doesn't seem to have time for Mrs. Barnhill said. "They just seem interested in Ihe oil companies." "We've called them (RRC representatives) out time after time and they do or tell us said Mrs. Odel! Freeman. "Foot by foot we are losing our farm land. What can we do? Where can we start in Turn to FARMERS, Pg. _ 8 Water Samples Analyzed From Wells at White Flat Tlie While Flat community has a supply of ground water, n't from 10 to 90 feel, that is in quantity but poor in quality. they call it. The average household uses the wa- ter to rim bathrooms and kit- chens but for human consump- tion White Flatters depend on rain water or water they bring Deadly Wells Found In Chemist's Tests Laboratory tests run by Jim Hale, chemist at the Abilene Grimes Waler Plant, to' supply data for a lieportBr-News study of salt pollution, may have been life savers literally for the James E. Freeman family of the White Flat Community. The tests showed that well water (he Freemans were using for household purposes was loaded with a lethal amount of nitrates. The Freemans knew the wells In their back yard had "turned sally" they did not use the water for drinking but they did not suspect the deadly charge of nitrates. Samples of waler from various wells and stock tanks in the area of suspected salt pollu- tion were collected by Reporter- News Assistant Edilor Katharyn Duff and taken to the Abilene water labs Wednesday for analysis. Primary objective was to find the chloride, sulfale and hardness counls. Hale was asked lo run these first, then did a more complete analysis. At mid. afternoon Thursday Hale and Waler Superintendent Bill Weems called the newspaper. "Can you locate the people who have wells from which you look Samples 6 and Ihe water officials asked. "They got serious trouble." "A lot of the water men were asked. "Salt, yes, bill what's more Important, enough nitrates to kill Wecms said. Nitrate count in the wells was JIM HAI.K a life-saver 142 and 150 parts per million. Limit for human tolerance is 45 ppm. The Freeman family was located by phone and warned of Ihe unsuspected menace. Early Friday, chemist Hale went to (he farm lo get more samples, lo check himself, and to see if he could locale the source of trouble. Hale found his work accurate enough nitrates to kill catlle or people. And he traced the nitrates lo their source, an old hog pen, one where as many as 300 hogs had been housed at a time. The contaminated wells, Hale was assured, will be retired from service. from Trent. Eight samples of water were taken by The Beporter-News from various sources on Tuesday, May 19, and transported to the Abilene waler lab at the Grimes Filtration plant for analysis. The first sample, No. 1, was from Ihe well which supplies the 0. V. Barnhill home. It is a well which can be considered "normal" for the region' no salt pollution is suspected. The count on 415 ppm; hardness, 572 ppm; chlorides, 248 ppm; sulfatns, 202 ppm; nitrates, 1.5 ppm. This well, which is used to water catlle as well as for .horns use, is on the bank of a stock lank which had a fish kill In early April. Sample No. 2, from the Barnhill tank, where the fish died, had this count; alkalinity 66; hardness chlorides. sulfate, nitrate, .5. Sampla No. 3 was from a newly drilled well on the Odell Freeman farm some two miles to the west of the Barnhill tank. The alkalinity count; 93; hardness, chloride 596; suifale, nitrate, 1.3. After the well was drilled for stock water Freeman was afraid to use it. Sample No. 4 was from a well on the Pete Nelll place. It is an old seismograph hole re-worked into a water well 10 to 12 years ago. It long supplied water for a garden. Now it has been abandoned and the windmill removed to a newer, usable well. The count: alkalinity, hardness, chlorides, sulfate, nitrates, 1.0. Sample No. S was from the old core hole (No. 2, for RRC record) which runs as a spring on Iha edge of the Odell Freeman farm. Count: alkalinity, 100; hardness, chlorides, sulfale, nitrate, .5. Sample No. 6 was from an old well, drilled in 1913 lo about 90 feet, which is in the yard of the Turn lo WATER, Pg. g-A Drug Problem Thought Worse Among Students on Southside Abilone's drug problem among students is much larger on Ihe southside lhan in the north, schoolmen quole law enforce- ment officials as saying. They think it's simply because the southsiders have more mon- ey to spend on drugs. Supt. A. K. Wells said Satur- day that he had been told by Abilene police that Ihcy were contacting auout 10 Cooper High students for every one from Abi- lene High. He referred many questions on the drug problem in the schools me nnig problem in tne sc S. Viets Hit Rubber Plantation SAIGON (AP) About South Vietnamese troops and hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles launched an atlack into Indochina's biggest rubber plantation in Cambodia Satur- day in an effort lo destroy an enemy regiment. One task force rumbled north up Highway 15 toward the Chup plantation in eastern Cambodia while a second force pushed in from (he east along Highway 7. A dozen Khmer bodian Communist guerrillas were reported killed on the plantation's southern edge and 15 were reported captured. An- other 25 enemy were slain east of the 70-square-mile plantation. South Vietnamese fighter- bombers, Hying In support, knocked out eight antiaircraft guns, officers said. Field reports said two Soulh Vietnamese soldiers were killed and 11 wounded. The plantation lies east of Kompong Cham, Cambodia's third largest city, 35 miles from the Soulh Vietnamese border and 50 miles northeast of Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. Associated Press correspond- ent David Rosenzweig reported from the front that the target of the drive was the 272nd Viet Cong regiment, 80 per cent whose soldiers are North Viet- namese according lo allied in- telligence. Rosenzwelg said a North Viet- namese soldier captured Friday told interrogators that the regi- ment had men positioned In the plantation. "This Is a hunting game be- tween my forces and Com- said U. Gen. Do Cao Tri, commander of the Soulh Vietnamese troops. "If the Com- munists slanri and fight we will destroy them." The drive took one task force from Kret northwestward along Highway 7 lo within 12 miles of GUIDE TO TV IN SECTION B Big Country TV Report is the largest and best guide to TV viewing In the Big Country. You will find it today as a pull-out in Section B. Its 12 pages are crammed with today'i and thii weelc'i TV logs and movie fchedulos, notes on popular programs. A feature today Is a story picture on Junior Samples, itar of "Itee Haw." In Section B pull otit for a week'i pleasure. Kompong Cham. U.S. Advisers were reported lo have with- drawn whon the column passed Ihe 21.7-miJe limit set by Presi- dent Nixon for U.S. forces in Cambodia. The Koulh Vietnamese htvips hoped lo Jink up with Viet- namese civilian irregulars to open Highway 7 east of Kom- pong Cham. Cambodian troops, supported by South Vietnamese warplanes, regained control of the Komnong Cham last Sun- day. However, strong enemy forces were reported still in the area. Trl new into Kompong Cham last Monday lo promise more combat support for the Cambo- dians If they took the offensive against the North Vietnamese and Vlel Cong. Trl was said lo be disappoint ed, however, that the Cambo- dians had not moved out In en- Rage the enemy as he hnd wished. north in Cambodia, a Smith Vietnamese force report- ed ils first sharp fighting in an operation launched three days HRO west of the Due Lap Special Forces camp In Vietnam's southern cenlrp! highlands. Re- pirts said 20 North Vietnamese and seven government Iroons were killed in Ihe dash, aboul six miles inside Cambodia. U.S. forces opcrallng across the fronlier soulh of this opera- tion reported another day of lisht action and the capture of more enemy rice caches. One cache contained 30 tons. The start of monsoon rains over the Ho Chi Mlnh trail from North Vietnam ihrough eastern Laos were said to be further complicating the enemy's sup. ply problems. to W. D. (Shorty) Lawson, di- rector of heallh, physical edu- calion, and safety. Lawson said Saturday after- noon lhat school officials feel the problem is on the increase here. He estimated lhat somewhere between five and 10 per cent of local high school students have experimented with drugs at least once, "ft could be more than thai, there's jusl no way of he said. Lawson also confirmed hear- ing from lawmen that the prob- lem is miich larger on the south- side. He said the big reason is lhat Ihe more affluent southslde stiidenls have "money to buy them." He said the ratio had not only been reported by police but also by former pushers. "They tell us the same he said. "The problem in Ihe schools Wells higher use) is money." Ixtwson estimated a maxi- mum of five per cent of junior high students had experimented with drugs here. He said he hadn't asked the police whether the ratio would he larger on the south. He said he "would assume It would hold line" but "might not be a fair statement." Lawson, saM "It's probably a Ton U DRUGS, PL IA V. J   

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