Posts Tagged ‘Carrizo-Wilcox’

Building the Rural-Urban Coalition for Local Control

The League of Independent Voters is a non-profit membership association for non-aligned, independent voters. This event has a terrific line up of activists from throughout the state who have been doing stellar work on protection of water and land resources, fair elections and local control.

This event is to prepare citizens to defend their rights to local control with the legislature in session.

This event’s details can be found here on the League’s website.



Don’t miss Monday’s hearing with EndOp; Forestar Files Motion for Rehearing (no surprise there..)

REMINDER:  Preliminary Hearing this coming Monday, August 12, 10 am at the Bastrop Convention Center.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is not a hearing at which the community is invited to speak.  This is a hearing before a Judge with the State Office of Administrative Hearings, who will determine whether landowners, including Environmental Stewardship, should be granted “party status” (the right to have a voice) in the challenge that Aqua Water Supply Coop has filed against EndOp and their permit request for 56,000 acre-feet per year.  Please come!

ALSO PLEASE NOTE:   Just as we expected, Forestar Real Estate Group, has filed for a rehearing with the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.  Folks, this is something they must do in order to be in a position to sue the Lost Pines GCD.  It’s apparent that the Lost Pines GCD is sticking to its guns with their decision made last May to grant them 12,000 acre-feet per year (not 45,000) of groundwater from the Simsboro.  But these water speculators are just not satisfied — so they call us “NIMBY” in their Motion for Rehearing, page 8 (towards the bottom).

Click here to readForestar Real Estate Group’s Motion for Rehearing

It is residents and landowners’ positions in Lee County, where Forestar wants to sink its wells (in part, on property owned by our own State Representative, Tim Kleinschmidt), who ARE indeed looking out for their neighbors.  Call them all the names you want, Forestar.  It’s game on!


Kleinschmidt Running for his Political Life

State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt apparently believes he can sell out his constituents’ water rights and still get reelected.  He has declared he’s running for reelection, though we think it might be for his political life.  We count six times he uses the word “conservative” — in four sentences.  What does the word “conservative” mean to you?  Please comment at the end of this post after you read his letter here:  Kleinschmidt Runs Again.


Media Advisory: Monday, June 17th, 3 pm Media Conference

Contacts:  Debra Medina, We Texans, 512.663.8401, Linda Curtis or Jessica Ellison, Independent Texans, 512.657.2089 and 512.653.9179, Julia Trigg Crawford, 713.443.8789, Laura Ehrlich, Jim Hightower & Associates, 512.477-5588

Cross-Partisan Coalition Calls on Lt. Governor and House Speaker for Interim Study and Full Public Hearings on Eminent Domain Abuse Starting in East Texas, to include Public Safety Concerns Related to Potential Water Threats from Tar Sands Crude and Hydraulic Fracking

WHAT:  An unlikely coalition of leaders from across the partisan divide are starting a door knocking campaign to urge Lt. Governor Dewhurst and House Speaker Straus to call for an Interim Study on Eminent Domain Abuse following the close of the current Special Session.  Rumors abound that the Governor will call yet another Special Session in July, this one with eminent domain on the Call.  This would waste taxpayer dollars as consensus is unlikely because affected Texans have yet to be heard.

WHEN:  Press Conference is on Monday, June 17th at 3 pm, just following door knocking.

WHERE:  Outside the Capitol Grill, Capitol Extension, E1.002 (3 pm)

WHY: We believe a consensus on real eminent domain reform is impossible without FULL PUBLIC HEARINGS in the affected areas of Texas (not Austin).  The Lt. Governor and House Speaker are empowered to call for an Interim Study.  This should begin immediately following this Special Session in the areas where land was seized by TransCanada for the Keystone XL pipeline, before any hearings took place whatsoever.  Hearings that did take place were limited to the parties and excluded critical issues such as the potential harm from a spill over one of the largest Texas aquifers, the Carrizo-Wilcox that serves 10-12 million people and countless farms.  If the aquifer is polluted, the aquifer is dead and so would be Texas farming and our economy.  In addition, these hearings should address hydraulic fracking’s excessive use of potable water in the midst of our severe water shortage.

SPEAKERS:  (and possibly more)

Julia Trigg Crawford, Lamar County farmer

Debra Medina, We Texans

Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner


Legislature & Lost Pines Coverage Raise the Bar on Water War!

Congratulations for all those involved, especially the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District and the Brown family of Lee County, for standing tall against the water profiteers.  This could turn out to be a landmark fight for Texans, if the marketers keep pushing it, which is likely.

Read today’s Statesman piece, appropriately printed on Memorial Day.

On an even more difficult note, the Legislature has passed $2B to be taken from the Rainy Day Fund for a water bank.  Those funds will, no doubt, be used for pipelines to move groundwater and for reservoirs. One such reservoir that NE Texans have been fighting for years, would flood heritage farmland for more water for Dallas, despite Dallas’ failure, so far, to implement water conservation on par with other major Texas cities.

The good news is that the $2B water deal will be on the November ballot!  So stay tuned for an analysis that will take some time.

I have not yet begun to fight! (John Paul Jones)

How ’bout you?


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:


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

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose