Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Tuesday, January 9, 2001


Owners in Nacogdoches, Angelina Counties Cited for Sewage Violations

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn filed two lawsuits today in Travis County against mobile home park owners Tommy E. Wells, Jr. and Cheryl Wells, Lloyd Gillespie and R.J. Henson, all of Nacogdoches County, and George W. and Janet Thompson of Angelina County.

The suit cites the defendants for improperly maintained sewage facilities and requests that the court require actions to cease and correct nuisance and health-threatening conditions.

The Nacogdoches County defendants have operated two mobile home parks - approximately 30 occupied lots in Carrizo Creek on Texas Highway 21, and 32 lots in Naconiche Village on U.S. 59, both near the city of Nacogdoches. At Carrizo Creek park, open sewage that flows from an illegal treatment plant is easily accessible by children, posing serious health risks. Likewise at the Naconiche Village park, overloaded septic systems commonly overflow to expose residents to raw sewage.

The Angelina County case involves 15 occupied lots in the East Loop Subdivision, a mobile home park near the city of Lufkin on County Road 137 near Texas Loop 287. The sewage at this location discharges from a poorly maintained treatment plant. The facility's state permit has been expired for some time. Residents and downstream neighbors are often exposed to unsanitary conditions because of this situation.

As part of the corrective actions asked for in these petitions, the defendants must hire a certified wastewater operator for the facilities, stop lot sales without court approval, and install security fences to prohibit public access to the wastewater treatment facilities. As a last resort, the state may be forced to request that the court shut down the parks completely.

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Contact Mark Heckmann, Heather Browne, Tom Kelley or Jane Dees at (512) 463-2050.
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