Fruitland homeowners worry about the future

Posted at 10:32 PM, Mar 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 14:08:01-04

FRUITLAND — Homeowners in Fruitland are worried about the future value of their homes. They tell us this concern comes from oil wells drilled by Alta Mesa a few years ago.

Julie Fugate and her husband live near one of the wells, and right now they don't know what the future ramifications will be.

Fugate says neighbors have had a hard time selling their homes, and she is worried about health problems and other environmental issues moving forward.

"It is scary. I would like to sell now and move, but my husband refuses to do that. So that is why I'm here and that is why I'm taking this stance. I'm doing it for my grandchildren and your grandchildren, and it is really scary what is going to come," said Fugate.

On February 20th, Alta Mesa withdrew from conducting business in the state of Idaho. The company is facing another class action lawsuit, although none of those have been in Idaho, and according to market reports, the Texas based company's stock has fallen by 97 percent.