Breaking: CBS News Reports Shoddy TransCanada work on Keystone XL, Won’t Someone Hear the People of East Texas?

There’s actually three pipelines carrying diluted bitumen (aka hazardous tar sands crude), throughout East Texas
Keystone XL, Pegasus & Seaway

Did you see the report on CBS News about the shoddy work TransCanada is doing on the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas? Thanks to the consumer watchdog, Public Citizen, this report went national as the Keystone XL is hell-bent for leather to start pumping diluted bitumen (tar sands) over 100s of waterways.

 Watch the CBS Report Here

Folks, there are two other such pipelines that get little attention — the Pegasus and the Seaway. Pegasus is temporarily shut down, due to a spill in Mayflower, AR last March that did great harm.

This is why citizens are holding informal hearings throughout East Texas!  They are preparing for worst-case scenarios and pushing our state officials to get off their duffs and do something besides carry water (clean water for the moment) for the oil and gas industry.

The hearings are listed below and also in the calendar section of TexasPipeplineWatch.org. Too far to come? Then at least share these with your East Texas friends!

Mark Your Calendars:  We’ll be holding an imortant post-mortem meeting on Prop 6  to strategize for the 2014 elections on Monday, December 2nd (location TBA) so keep an eye out and stay warm y’all!


Prop 6 Stench — Gross and also Weird!

The Prop 6 stench is getting increasingly gross. It’s also getting weirder.

It was revealed today that Water Texas PAC will spend $2M for the $2B Perry crony water slush fund aka Prop 6.

Talk about stench — TransCanada even bellied up to the Prop 6 slop trough.  They’re the ones who are taking Texans’ land against their will through eminent domain so they can pump toxic sludge — diluted bitumen (aka tar sands) — over hundreds of Texas water ways!

Check out the Texans for Public Justice analysis of Water Texas PAC “Will $2M Water PAC Spawn a Perry Slush Fund?”: http://info.tpj.org/Lobby_Watch/pdf/WaterTexasSlushFund.pdf

A special thanks to Rep. David Simpson for continuing to work to defeat Prop 6.  See his op-ed in the Houston Chronicle today:  http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Simpson-New-financing-methods-won-t-solve-water-4940562.php

We were remiss in not publishing Debra Medina’s op-ed (opposite none other than the Governor himself) in the Tribune last week: http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/22/guest-column-vote-no-prop-6/

And, Greg Harmon’s op-ed in today’s Star-Telegram and the Ft. Worth Weekly gives some new terrific insights on Prop 6 and conservation:  http://www.fwweekly.com/2013/10/30/prop-6/

If you’re on Facebook, be sure to like the Nix Prop 6 page and then use the “invite” button to ask your friends to like the page and keep it going: https://www.facebook.com/notoprop6

We’re getting calls from across Texas!

Keep it up Texas!


Lotta lootin’ going on! Get ready to act! Bastrop job openings!

* Funny things have been happening ever since the Hays County Commissioners Court jumped in bed with Forestar Real Estate Group. The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District is meeting with Forestar on Friday, so says the news. Get ready to attend the next Lost Pines GCD meeting next Wednesday, 7 pm, currently scheduled for Giddings City Hall.  (Note: we will be asking for a larger venue.)  We’ll send you more poop before then.  And, please read Environmental Stewardship’s urgent update here:  http://www.environstewardship.org/2013/10/09/landowners-appeal-party-stutus/

* Even funnier things are happening on Prop 6 now that we’re fixin’ to vote on it:  http://www.indytexans.com/2013/10/10/funny-things-happen-before-elections-especially-on-prop-6/

*  Next Monday, October 14th, please join one of our No on Prop 6 press conferences in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Austin. Keep checking here for details:  http://www.indytexans.com/2013/10/10/advisory-press-conferences-to-nix-prop-6/

 Austin!  Thurs., Oct. 17th, 6:30 pm, the League of Women Voters – Austin Area will hold a debate on Prop 6.  No, Water Texas PAC and H204Texas won’t debate. But this one should be a hot one with Bill Bunch (Save Our Springs Alliance) taking the No on 6 position.  It’s at the Triumphant Love Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin.

*  Monday, October 21st, 6 pm, at Roans Prairie Community Center (at the crossroads of Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 90), there is a public hearing by a new local organization in Grimes County and surrounds started by Martha and Bob Strawn and Joan Escamilla — called Pro-TEAMS (Facebook here) on citizen’s concerns about eminent domain abuse, public safety and protection of water resources related to pipelines. Visit TexasPipelineWatch.org and consider holding your own hearings!

*  The new League of Independent Voters of Texas has parttime jobs for phone callers! If you’re good on the phone and can work in Bastrop, please call 512-213-4511 right away.  Only 4 positions are open!

*   Have you seen the firestorm of comments on news blogs about the possibility of Debra Medina running as an independent candidate for Governor?  We say…run, Debra, run, however you wish…and don’t let the partisanship get you down!  P.S. They always call independents “spoilers”!  More here:  http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/04/spoiler-alert-medina-switch-could-upend-electoral-/

*  Independent Texans now has regular Saturday, 9 am conference calls.  This next Saturday’s focuses on Prop 6, the water amendment and how to defeat it.  Early voting starts on Monday, Oct. 21.  Reply if you want the conference number or, if you’ve joined us in the past, you already have it.


Nix Prop 6, We got in some licks! Bastrop/Lee/Hays Water War Escalates, East Texas Hearings!

Things are happening across Texas!  If they’re not happening where you are, we’ll help you make it happen.

Join us this Saturday, 9 a.m. on a statewide conference call if you want to help defeat Proposition 6, the “Water Heist Amendment” on the November ballot.  Just reply to this message.  We’ll send out the conference call line tomorrow or call us if you need to.


On Tuesday, Texas House Speaker Straus was with the big shots at the Dallas Chamber of Commerce touting Prop 6 to some of the state’s biggest water hogs.  The Speaker might be a little miffed at reporter, Gordon Dickson (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram), who decided to do a balanced piece on Prop 6. Yours truly got in some good licks! Check it out here:  http://www.indytexans.com/wp-content/uploads/Support-flows-opposition-simmers-for-water-funding-Local-Star-Telegram.com_.pdf

Did you know there are three pipelines carrying highly toxic substances across East Texas?  A new independent outfit — the League of Independent Voters of Texas — is working with landowners and residents to push for public hearings on eminent domain abuse, public safety and protection of water resources in connection with three pipelines (the Keystone XL, Pegasus and Seaway) carrying diluted bitumen (aka “tar sands”).  If you live in East Texas or want to help from wherever you are, sign in at the Texas Pipeline Watch website here: TexasPipelineWatch.org 


The Hays County Commissioners Court, led by Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, pulled a fast one on Tuesday, getting into bed with Forestar Real Estate Group so they can — together — covet their neighbor’s water (Bastrop and Lee County). Cobb even had the temerity to proclaim that he’s for local control!  He must mean his local control over Lee and Bastrop counties’ water.  The 5-0 vote of the Commission was followed by a genuinely cowardly move to ask Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to cover their behinds with a ruling that they’re doing this legally.  Read it here:  http://www.indytexans.com/2013/09/26/hays-county-commission-covets-thy-neighbors-water-with-a-little-bit-of-help-from-their-tricky-friends-in-bastroplee-counties/ 

Meanwhile, we hope to see you lovely Hays County folks, regardless of your party affiliation or lack thereof, at the Hays Constitutional Republican meeting next Wednesday.  Michele Gangnes and I are coming down from Bastrop. We speak just after Republican primary candidate for Governor, Tom Pauken.

Hays Constitutional Republicans Meeting, Wednesday, October 2
Wimberley VFW Post 6551
401 Jacob’s Well Road
Curtis and Gangnes speak on Prop 6 at 7:30 pm (meeting starts at 6)


Landowners lost a skirmish in the water war by being denied a voice in the proceedings by the State Office of Administrative Hearings Judge, who is presiding over the hearing for Aqua Water’s challenge to the  EndOp permit application for 56K acre-feet/year from the Simsboro aquifer.  Just understand that even if Aqua and EndOp settle, which some observers are predicting, it will then go back to the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District Board for their decision on the permit itself.  We thoroughly expect the good folks on the Lost Pines GCD to stand tall against EndOp, as they did with Forestar and LCRA. We — the people — need to continue to step up and organize to protect our water as we speak the truth about who is selling us out. We need to start naming names, Y’all.  We’re starting that real soon so pay attention!

“We have just begun to fight!”  John Paul Jones


Convention Report, Game on for No on Prop 6!

Water Texas PAC, established by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, refused to show up at the debate last Saturday, but did respond when they were called by the Dallas Morning News reporter, David Barer, who attended our convention.  Check it out here and feel free to leave your own comment:  http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/water-amendment-opponents-coalesce-in-bastrop-proponents-skip-event.html/

Thank you, Max Anderson, for this short video report on the convention:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=S99exQlaFmI (Max tells us that more are coming soon!)

Lots of things are now in motion from the convention.  We invite your participation in these efforts:

*  A new indy organization has been founded — the League of Independent Voter of Texas!  This indy voter association is taking on community education and organizing projects LIKE — holding public hearings throughout the state, starting in East Texas, on eminent domain abuse, public safety and protection of water resources in connection with three pipelines carrying diluted bitumen (tar sands).  For more see TexasPipelineWatch.org, one of the convention sponsors!

This Saturday at 9 a.m., we’re holding a conference call to Build the Coalition to Defeat Prop 6 — the water “heist” amendment put on the ballot to serve up another cash cow (OUR water!) to the Perry gang.  Join us!

Conference Call to Build the Coalition to Defeat Prop 6!
THIS Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m.
Reply to this message with your name and phone number, we’ll send you all the details.

* Media Coverage.  Here is a great report on the convention from YNN:  http://austin.ynn.com/content/news/295382/grassroots-groups-raise-concerns-about-state-water-issue 

Let’s ride ’em high — those political forces of corruption, y’all!  Hope you can join the call on Saturday morning, or sign in at the Texas Pipeline Watch site to work on the hearings wherever you are.


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