Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting Texas’ rivers, forest area, and wildlife, said the TWDB held a two-month comment period that ended with an April 29 hearing in Arlington, where there was overwhelming opposition to the project.
“There is really strong bipartisan opposition coming from Tea Party Republicans, the timber industry, local landowners, and the general public,” he said.
He estimated that “99.5 percent of the comments were opposed to the project.”
As TWDB develops the rules and priorities for use of the new water funds, it's critical that they pursue a balanced solution that improves the efficiency of water use and leaves more water in our rivers and aquifers to support the ecosystems that depend on water.
It's not an easy task when it's more than 90 degrees outside.
Environment Texas went door to door Monday in South Austin to get face to face with residents, talking to them about the drought and how they can save water.
"Nothing really replaces that good, old-fashioned, face-to-face conversation with someone to talk about the most important issues of our day," Luke Metzger with Environment Texas said. "Not only to talk to them about it, but also to hear back from them."
Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, said he thinks the agency’s policy raises red flags on whether the leadership of the Railroad Commission is worried that its staff might disclose some “uncomfortable truths” about oil and gas drilling in Texas to the media. Texas has experienced “enormous” growth in oil and gas drilling over the last few years, he said, with oil and gas production doubling in the last six years.
“Now more than ever it’s critical that government regulators are transparent in how they’re dealing with this boom,” he said.
"The dirty energy companies that oppose this move may question the science and predict economic apocalypse if we act. They can make up whatever claims they want. But a cleaner, more energy-effient economy and environment is not going to undermine our prosperity. In fact, our kids' future depends on it."
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