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Affidavit: Man pumped sewage onto wildlife preserve property

MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) - A man is facing a felony illegal dumping charge after officials say he pumped sewage on the wildlife refuge property.

The investigation began back on Jan. 3, when Midland County Fire Marshal Dale Little was notified about an environmental complaint.

A District Attorney investigator then met with Little and other officers to investigate the complaint.

Investigators responded to the area and located a trailer park in the 2100 block of Warehouse Road.

At the site, investigators noticed three trailers at the location and pipes coming from them going into the ground, according to the affidavit.

Investigators say they believed the pipes and tubes were leading to sewage pits, which were illegal.

Furthermore, at the site investigators noticed an unattached tube running from the trailer park through a fence an onto the wildlife refuge property, according to the affidavit. Officials say the sewage pits were uphill from the Playa Lake and the refuge and any discharge from the pits would flow onto the preserve.

On another side of the property, investigators say they located tires, a stove, wooden pallets and other debris.

The manager of the park was later identified as Jose Rivas-Gomez.

Officials say Rivas-Gomez did not have authorization to open the trailer park on that property on Warehouse Road, or to construct sewage pits.

A search warrant was later conducted at the property and investigators report finding 1,264 pounds of solid waste.

Arrests warrants were issued for Rivas-Gomez on Jan. 23 charging him with illegal dumping over 1,000 pounds, according to a release from the Midland County DA’s Office.


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