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.
· 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.