Oil Tank Flips Over Causing Residents To Fear For Their Health 8/15/13
CBS 7 News
GARDENDALE-Residents want oil companies to know that they need them to stop polluting their homes.
Patrick Flynn, Vice President of Resolute Energy Corporation, said their oil and water tank ruptured around 10 a.m., causing it to tip over. An investigation is still in the works as to what caused the rupture.
Flynn said no one was injured and wants residents to know that they have the issue under control and there's no reason to have any health concerns.
Many residents are still worried, so much that they’re afraid to be identified…in fear that these oil companies will start harassing them.
"They’re trying to tell us that these tanks are safe, but obviously there not because this one just blew up," said Gardendale resident.
Many folks in the community say these oil companies are drilling too close to their homes and they're tired of inhaling fumes day after day.
"We want them to acknowledge that this is a dangerous business and they don't need to be up here close to our homes and they don't need to be threatening anybody any age with intimidation," said another Gardendale resident.
Citizens of Gardendale, who I spoke with, want oil field companies to know that they’re not against them drilling, but they would rather see them do it in a safe and fair manner, and not by using bullying tactics