A Royal Flush

An East Texas woman struck oil a strange way when she came home to find her toilet gushing with bubblin' crude.

Liela LeTourneau returned from her work as a nurse Monday to find oil gushing out of everything in her house connected to the water drainage lines, including her kitchen sink and toilet. The floor of her Longview residence was drenched with what locals call "Texas Tea."

Texas state and Longview officials said Thursday they believe a mix-up in sewer lines connected to the house might be the cause.

City officials said they believe the trouble developed because LeTourneau's residence was connected to a line used to dispose of saltwater instead of a sewage line. The lines are used in oil production to drain off liquids associated with that process--mostly saltwater.


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