Grand jury indicts Lilly Grove Water District

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County grand jury has indicted the Lilly Grove Special Utility District for reckless emission of air contaminant and endangerment.

The district is accused of improperly dumping a chlorine gas tank on Jan. 5.

An employee of the district, Bones Barrett, said another employee was instructed to open the tank and empty its contents on the ground. Photographs showed the gas escaping.

Barrett said he attempted to stop the dangerous release, but could only help the employee run away from the fumes.

According to prosecuting attorney Lee Westmoreland, employees of the utility and the company itself may stand trial in the case.