A key organizer of the soon-to-be-formed Erath Citizens for Clean Water said her group isn’t out “to get” anyone.
“But we are out to get people to wake up - to recognize the potential dangers around us that could be hazardous to our drinking water … and water for cattle and crops,” said Georgia Scott of Bluff Dale.
“I don’t want to wait ‘til the damage is ‘done’ to my water,” Scott said. “I want to be pro-active and stop it before ‘IT’ happens .”
Weather permitting, the group is scheduled to hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bluff Dale Fire Hall - behind the Country Store.
“Already, folks from Granbury have called to support us and are coming,” Scott said. “They had a … meeting and now want to get more ‘water’ facts. Folks from Hico and Huckabay are coming. We all realize that we need to act as a ‘community,’ not any specific area.”
Erath Citizens for Clean Water is being formed at a time when area residents are flocking in record numbers to oppose and file “protest letters” with the Railroad Commission of Texas against oil and gas waste disposal wells being located locally.
One of the companies seeking approval for an oil and gas waste disposal well is EOG, which has asked the RRC for permission to locate one near Bluff Dale.
“EOG is very rich and can afford to dispose their ‘dirty’ water safely some where away from our Trinity Aquifer,” Scott said. “They just need ‘us’ to encourage them to do what’s ‘right.’”
During Saturday’s meeting, speakers will include area “watchdog” Bill Gordon and Darrell Speegle, Lou Knight, Bruce Tackett and Scott.
Gordon is scheduled to provide “background” for Granbury residents and other new citizens interested in the group’s battle.
The meeting also review a “conference call” with “David Frederick and Marisa Perales legal team” and include the election of a Leadership Team and/or Board of Directors of a non-profit organization.
DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.