Trans Texas Corridor

Jan 15, be there if you care about your water

Months ago, we incorrectly reported to you that the plan by private water vendors to raid the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer that feeds Bastrop and Lee counties (aka the Simsboro Pipeline Project) was all but dead.  It is VERY much alive.  Its statewide implications are now clear.

On December 16th, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB, all 6 Perry appointees) approved the pipeline over the objections of the local community and groundwater district — while in the same breath claiming Texas could not afford water conservation. The original plan for a 50-mile, $300 million pipeline is now a 100-mile, $400+ million pipeline —  (Watch the entire meeting online here–our discussion starts at 51.44).
 
The stage is now set for a statewide water war and the related rise of an independent (outside the parties, non-aligned) unified movement.  
 
The question is whether local communities will have any real control over their groundwater — as we have argued — a bigger, badder Trans-Texas Corridor.
 
Consider these facts:

·       1,000 people per day are moving to Texas — many from California who already lost their water war.  Growth should pay for itself, but is currently rigged to help large-scale developers.  (See CostofGrowth.com and ChangeAustin.org.)

·       Hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is mushrooming and requires massive amounts of water.  Citizens and officials in the DFW area are raising legitimate concerns about potential contamination of groundwater from thousands of wells.  Now, Chinese state owned energy company investments that will help escalate fracking wells from Milam County to south Texas counties (through Fayette & Lee counties.)

·       The Texas Railroad Commission already has the power to exempt oil and gas drilling from the regular process for groundwater permitting.

·       Local control of groundwater is under attack.  The TWDB decision was a set up for private water vendors to sue local groundwater districts.

If the State Pipeline becomes a reality, the Governor's allies will pick the winners and losers in the water war, threatening economic stability and local food sources.

We — citizens, local government and local businesses, urban, rural, conservative ranchers to urban environmentalists — must stand together.  We must not let this happen.  
 
Be there! Saturday, January 15th, to listen, learn and participate in making plans to organize in your local community for a statewide effort!
 
WHEN:  Saturday, January 15th, 2-4 pm
PLACE:  Bastrop Library, 1101 Church Street
TOPIC:  The Texas Water War:  Will the people unite?
SPEAKERS (so far):  Judith McGeary (or rep), Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
Pati Jacobs, Bastrop rancher
Linda Curtis, Independent Texans
Phil Cook, Sierra Club
Steve Box, Environmental Stewardship 
 
Never forget — they told us we could not stop the Trans-Texas Corridor.  
 
Please forward this on and bring friends & neighbors!
 
We have only just begun to fight!  John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War Hero
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Texas Water Development Board-Do Your Duty!

 

James E. Herring, Chairman Jack Hunt, Vice Chairman, Lewis H. McMahan, Member  Thomas Weir Labatt III, Member, Edward G. Vaughan, Member Joe M. Crutcher, Member Carolyn Brittin, Deputy Executive Administrator Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator

Texas Water Development Board
P.O. Box 13231 
Austin, Texas 78711-3231
 
 
Re:  Objections to the Region L Water Plan (Agenda Item 29) and Water Infrastructure Funding (Agenda Item 34) containing Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Simsboro Project
 
 
Dear Board Members and Deputy Executive Administrators:
 
Environmental Stewardship represents the interests of concerned citizens and the water resources of the Lost Pines Region primarily located in Bastrop and Lee counties of Texas.  We are specifically concerned that the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) Simsboro Project threatens the economic, ecological and social well being of our region.  We are especially concerned that the process of “taking” water from our region to be exported to another region has been done without the consent of our local regional water planning group and groundwater conservation district.  For the reasons given below, we are requesting that the Board reject the 2011 Region L Water Plan and funding of the GBRA Simsboro Project.  As a solution, we request that the conflict be resolved by removing the GBRA Simsboro Project from the Region L Water Plan as a “recommended” strategy.  
 
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Pati Leads But Loses, the People Win…The Local Story

            The great news about Pati Jacobs is that though she lost this election for State Representative House District 17, her candidacy played a critical role in putting a really bad water deal for Bastrop and Lee counties on the back-burner and thoroughly embarrassing her opponent, Reppublican Tim Kleinschmidt.  Whether the “Trans-Texas Water Highway”[1] in Bastrop and Lee counties can be officially killed is now up to the people of this district who Pati has awakened and brought together, and we trust Pati will continue to lead.  Pati is an independent voice in the Democratic Party who reached out across and beyond the aisle.

            In a brief interview following the election, Pati put it like this, “The difference between surface water (streams, rivers and lakes) and groundwater (aquifers) in Texas is a convenient fiction. We understand the urban areas need water.  Rural interests need just as much protection to ensure the viability of sustainable agriculture.” 

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Letters to Editors

A water war is coming to a head in the race for State Representative in Texas House District 17 (Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and a portion of Brazos counties). Independents are backing Democratic Pati Jacobs, and to defeat the Republican incumbent State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt. 
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Aqua Water Forum

An unprecedented forum was held by the Aqua Water Coop Board on Tuesday, September 21st at 6pm to discuss opposition to the plan to build a water pipeline to send water to San Marcos for development. Let us at Independent Texans remind you that part of the Trans-Texas Corridor plan was for water pipeline.

We urge you – wherever you are across the state — to sign the “Kill the Trans-Texas Water Petition” and pass it on.

Read Aqua Water’s Press Release with important details about the move by a private company – EndOp, LLC – to grab Bastrop and Lee County’s water and have the state back $300 million in bonds for a 52-mile pipeline to Hays County.
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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

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Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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