People hoping Tinker Creek will bounce back after chemical spill

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People who live by or near Tinker Creek are still bothered by the dead fish floating in the water after Saturday’s chemical spill. 

Cousins, Jeremiah Crawford and Chris Ballard say they grew up fishing on the creek.

“When I was a kid we used to go up to that bridge up there, and catch 30 and 40 pound carp,” said Jeremiah Crawford, who’s family still lives across the street from Tinker Creek.  They were half as big as we were.”

“Now you can fish all day, and be lucky to catch anything,” said Chris Ballard, Crawford’s cousin.

Crop Production Services’  Environmental and Safety Manager, Billy Pirkle, says the chemical Termix 5301 leaked from containers at their facility into a ditch and then seeped into the creek.  He says, Termix is an adjuvant that farmers use to assist in the application of herbicides on plants.  Pirkle says, they successfully, cleaned up all of the chemical from the ditch on Saturday night, but they are still waiting for the test results to see much chemical is in the water.

“It’s not only the fish that bothers me, it the microbiological stuff,” said Crawford.  “The bacteria even, the little clams, the shells, every little thing. The whole food chain is affected, from the bottom to the top.”

That includes his family, who’s well water has been impacted by the chemical spill.  Home services expert, Ted Puzio says, everyone with well water in the area should be cautious, and NOT boil their water. 

“Sometimes certain chemicals when you boil it, it intensifies the level of the chemical,” said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. So, I would say not to boil it.  If at all do  anything, get a glass. Clear glass of water. Fill it up. Let it sit there. Smell it, before they taste it.  If in doubt get some bottled water,” said Ted Puzio.

Meanwhile, the cousins just hope they will see fish in Tinker Creek once again.

“I hope it can bounce back,” said Crawford. 

Pirkle says they took test samples upstream and downstream from the starting point of the leak.  They hope to have the results back no later than Tuesday.


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