Residents concerned about the trichloroethene (TCE) contamination at the former Rayloc facility are seeking assurance from the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District that the groundwater is safe.

MTGCD general manager Joe Cooper has responded there is no present danger. Letters have been mailed to those who live within the effected radius. He encouraged the board and community members to attend the Stephenville City Council's Nov. 6 Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) public hearing and learn of Genuine Parts' plans for cleanup.

During the meeting, Cooper also discussed the board's revised letter for future applications to Infinity opposing waste disposal injection wells. It was amended to, “Infinity Oil and Gas of Texas, Inc., executes a joint agreement with MTGCD agreeing to provide, and pay for, benchmark water tests for…at no fewer than four selected wells within a one mile radius.”

It previously read “up to four.” Benchmark will now be required to test wells annually, rather than once every five years.

The board also added that monitoring wells must now be identified by GPS reading and landowner name; applicant must negotiate written agreements of ingress/egress for all monitoring wells for applicant and MTGCD; if not enough existing wells, or existing wells not properly situated, it will be at the applicant's expense to drill new monitoring wells with approval of the landowner and pursuant to MTGCD rules.

In other business, a request by Comanche Peak was made to Brazos G for an additional 80,000 acre feet of water per year to cool two new nuclear towers to be erected in Sommerville county. Water will be piped seven miles from Granbury to Squaw Creek. The present two units supply two million average households. The requested amount would supply three million.

Cooper reported on meetings the board and staff members are attending to stay abreast of statewide concerns on groundwater and water wells. As a new member of Comanche Leadership Advisory Board, he said it will be a good forum to share information about the MTGCD with Comanche County leaders.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at sherry.boardman@empiretribune.com or 254-965-3124, ext. 229.