Posts Tagged ‘Carrizo-Wilcox’

HB 3250 to protect aquifers hearing! Clarification on Giddings Meeting/Hearing!

If you agree that we should “Conserve First, Import Later”, protect Texas aquifers and call the water profiteers off Texas landowners, we urge your support for House Bill 3250.  It’s up for hearing this Tuesday, the day before crucial hearings begin in Giddings.

House Bill 3250, proposed by the Texas Landowners Council (TLC), and introduced by Rep. Bill Callageri (Katy), gives landowners the ability to require Groundwater Conservation Districts to reduce production of groundwater where the rate of production is drawing down their wells.  Read TLC’s bill analysis here.

What you can do to help:
1.  Email the Natural Resources Committee if you live in their districts.

2.  House Bill 4, already passed the House (now there’s a fight brewing about it), sets up a water bank for good and TERRIBLE water projects that can raid aquifers.  Call or write your legislator, no matter where you live and tell them Conserve First, Import Later and that you’re counting on them to protect our aquifers and landowners.  Plan to call again on “Flood the Legislature Call-In Day” next Friday, April 19th.

3.  Attend the Tuesday hearing on HB 3250. (Note:  It starts at 8 a.m. but it’s likely it will come up late.  Call 512-657-2089 for regular updates throughout the day.)

4.  Come to the Giddings Hearings – TIMES CHANGED SLIGHTLY – Wed. 6 pm, Thurs. 6 pmflier here.  We’re bringing out media and shooting for statewide coverage so bring something visual (pitchforks, scarecrows…??)

We need to quickly raise $1,000-1,500 to reach voters in the districts of the Natural Resources Committee.  Please give online at our website, or, if you’re sending a check reply to this message with the amount, so we can plan.

If you have a landline and high-speed internet from home, you can also volunteer your time.

Thank you Texas, you know what to do.




Urgent Message for Lee and Bastrop County Residents!

Two important items for protection our groundwater require your participation!

Lee County Reminder this Monday night, April 8, 6 pm, Giddings Library! Flier attached here. Independent Texans and Environmental Stewardship will prepare you information for the CRITICAL Lost Pines Groundwater District Hearing on the 17th.  Spread the word, please!  You can also call or email your county commissioners here and Judge Fischer here.

Bastrop County please come to the Bastrop County Commissioner’s Court, also this Monday, at 9 am!  Judge Paul Pape and members of the Commissioners Court want to help protect our groundwater by passing the following resolution click here.  Please come at 9 am sharp, feel free to speak, and if you can’t make it, please call or send a message now to your commissioners here and Judge Pape here.  Thank them!

All Bastrop & Lee counties residents — remember we share the same districts covered by the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.  We all need to be in Giddings on Wednesday, April 17th, 6 pm at Giddings City Hall.

IF Lost Pines GCD approves approximately 120,000 acre-feet in permit requests (107,000,000 million gallons per day), this is bad news for everyone but water profiteers and their friends.  Therefore, invite all your friends from Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bexar counties, set to receive these exports and include neighbors in Milam and Burleson counties whose groundwater district (Post Oak Savannah) is already over-pumping the same groundwater!

Most people we know want more serious conservation and protection of our aquifers.  This unites us all — regardless of party and ideology.


Red Alert: Take a Stand, Two Meetings – BE THERE!

We all know that water profiteers have had their eyes on the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, underlying Bastrop and Lee counties, for some time now. (Make sure you’ve read our media release here.)

Last week the Texas House passed HB 4, lining up $2B from the Rainy Day Fund to fund pipelines to move water around the state, despite the House analysis stating that not enough money was allocated to conservation!  (More soon on this topic.)

Please come to these two urgently important meetings — the Independent Texans strategy meeting in Giddings on Monday, April 8th, 6 pm, Giddings Library (map here) — AND the hearing in Giddings on Wednesday, April 17th, 6 pm, Giddings City Hall (map here) — bring a lawn chair! 

Click on and Share this flier about these meetings.

Your Action Plan:  1.  Come to both meetings/invite your neighbors, 2.  Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, including the Austin American-Statesman, 3.  Spread the word!

Please share the flier or use the share button on this site and share through Facebook/social networking.  If you want hard copies of the flier below, call us at 512-535-0989.

We also need volunteers — call us!

Independent Texans will lay out for you, at the April 8th meeting, a number of options for fighting this.  Therefore, this meeting is critical to success on the 17th.

As we have said, we all need water.  Robbing Peter to pay Paul is madness.

Please watch your emails for more this week.  If you do not receive our emails, click on the link just before our logo on the top right hand side of this page and sign up.

Thank you Texas!


Sign the Petition Letter for Texas Hearings on TransCanada/Keystone XL Pipeline!

There is a growing call for public hearings from  Texas landowners and residents in NE Texas who are facing potential eminent domain seizures of their land for the Keystone XL/TransCanada pipeline.  The following organizations are doing this together:  Independent Texans, We Texans, Texans for Accountable Government, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom.

Please sign this petition/letter to State Representative and Chair of the Land and Resource Management Committee, Rene Oliveira, committee Vice-Chair, Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt and Texas House Speaker, Rep. Joe Straus.

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Time for an Independent Break in Texas House

For Immediate Release

Independent Texans, a citizens PAC seeking recognition for approximately 5 million independent non-aligned Texas voters, announced its search for candidates to challenge Texas House incumbents. The group believes that the Governor’s poor performance in the presidential race, together with both parties’ refusal to address redistricting reform, have rendered the Texas Republican Party vulnerable to another exodus of independent voters, particularly in the Texas House of Representatives.

Linda Curtis, a co-founder of Independent Texans in 2001 following her stint as State Organizer for Ross Perot’s Reform Party said,

Rick Perry’s poor performance in the presidential race has been good for Texas independents in a funny sort of way. The Governor’s ‘crony capitalism’ record has been highly scrutinized, clarifying the dire need for electoral competition in Texas elections.  For years, Texas independents have challenged the early filing deadline – the earliest in the nation for independents – as it served to curb electoral competition. Now, thanks to the redistricting mess and the Governor, the new filing deadline for candidates on February 1 is very likely to be moved again.  We welcome community leaders who are agents of change to step up and run, run, run. Call us now!

Michele Gangnes, a Lee County volunteer and political independent, said,

One key district we’re looking at is the ‘new’ House District 17 which will continue to include Lee and Bastrop counties. Our Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt has failed to stand up to an attempted raid on our water, to feed the real estate lobby that feeds Rick Perry.  Ordinary citizens who are actively challenging the raid feel they are at the mercy of the water marketers, with no one to speak for them at the state level. When asked during the last election cycle to advocate against massive groundwater transfers to fuel development south of Austin, Rep. Kleinschmidt assured us that the Legislature wasn’t going to deal with water issues. Instead, we saw over 30 bills introduced and the passage of two constitutional amendments, all related to water.  One amendment widens state government’s already open door to funding a pipeline big enough to move 71 million gallons per day of our water to the I-35 growth corridor.  It’s time Texans wake up to the false assurance that growth and development are always for the greater good – and always worth the price.

Phil Cook, a Bastrop small business owner and environmental leader said,

There are other key areas of the state we need to watch for an independent outbreak.  One would be in northeast Texas where the Perry administration appears to be rolling over for a pipeline carrying tar sands – not your run of the mill oil, but highly toxic crude that must be piped at high pressure. The Trans-Canada/Keystone XL pipeline threatens the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer which serves almost 12 million Texans.  This project could help unite opposition groups and spur another independent outbreak, just like the Trans-Texas Corridor did in 2006.

Independent Texans is calling on citizens to step up to the plate across the state.  They can encourage candidates who are willing to resist the policies of the Perry administration. They can also contact the organization through its website at and sign a petition letter in the “news” section of the site urging public hearings on the Keystone XL Pipeline, or by calling 512-535-0989.


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