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For nearly two decades, an abandoned West Texas well has been pumping out extraordinarily salty water that kills all the vegetation it touches and contains sulfate levels many times greater than legally allowed for drinking. Dubbed “Lake Boehmer” by locals, after a former owner of the land it occupies, the water has expanded to cover roughly sixty acres near the tiny community of Imperial, about 25 miles north of Fort Stockton.As Texas Monthly reported last December, no one seems to own the land, and no state agency has stepped up to fix the problem. That’s bad enough, but the situation appears to have gotten worse. A new test by the local groundwater district found that the well is now venting hydrogen sulfide— known chemically as…
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