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Oil leak in DeSoto Parish worries cattle rancher

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An oil leak on a DeSoto Parish farm has one family worried about their livelihood—their cattle.

Al Litton, the land owner, said Monday they noticed oil leaking from a 30 year old well about eight days ago. They immediately called Forza Operating, LLC., the group that operates the well, to come and fix it.

"We got the conservation man down here, and he got them [the operators] around here. They were supposed to clean it up," said Litton. "He told them to get hay and stuff to soak it, to clean it up. They did not do anything."

Litton said the next day his son found the cattle drinking water near the pump. It was mixed with the oil.

"And I got a cow dead," he said. "I don't know if that's what happened, but I know she come out of this pasture and went to nothing over night. Something has got to be done."

He was surprised to learn from the state conservationist that a least a barrel of the black gold leaked through the old pump in a little more than a week's time.

The well with the leak is one of three oil pumps are on his property, but Litton makes no money off them now.

"We haven't drawn a check off these wells in over six months. Actually, they're supposed to be aloof, the way I understand. And they're not going to make no oil. They got all of the oil that's in here, out of here."

Litton said the operators told the conservationist they cleaned it up, but there was still oil on the ground and in the mud Monday afternoon. He is worried now for the rest of his herd and his family.

"That's our living. The cattle, that's our deal. If we came messing around with their wells up, they'd have a fit."

Litton contacted both the State Police and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office to try and get something going against the operators, Forza Operating, LLC. 

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