Thursday, December 22, 2011
There's been a lot of talk about the Tarrant Regional Water District lately, but it hasn't been due to water. It's all been about the J.D. Granger and Tim Love Woodshed restaurant sweetheart deal on the Trinity River. A million dollar (give or take a few, again, it's just YOUR money) deal. Don't you wish YOU could go into business for with no start up cost and if it bombs, you lose nothing? YOU bet you do, cause you've already lost another million. And counting. It's a small price to pay for the billion dollar boondoggle known as the Trinity River Vision.
The TRWD and the Trinity River Vision Authority, under the leadership of JD Granger, Congresswoman Kay Granger's son, heavily promoted Tubing on Trinity or Rocking on the River this summer to the citizens and taxpayers of Tarrant County. WHY didn't they test the water? WHY did the citizens have to pay to have it tested?
The project was touted as flood control, so it would receive federal money. YOU hear that rest of the country? YOU'RE paying for this too, so there. We have to ask again, what does a BBQ shack on the river, a wakeboard park and bridges over dry land do for flood control? YOU should ask. After all YOU paid for it.
The TRWD should be reaching out to real water planners of the world and getting their act together before Fort Worth runs out of water. Instead their reaching out and suing our neighbor, Oklahoma for their water. The same state those gas drillers using all our water hail from. The same fellas that made our water district rich. Hey, here's a thought, why don't you make them bring their own water and take their waste back with them? Ever wondered why many drill sites are close to the river and the tributaries? Remember, it flows both ways. Water, too.
If all that weren't enough, then there's fracing. Even if you don't believe it could ever possibly happen, let's just say, what IF just ONE time it does? Remember the coast? What IF the Trinity aquifer is contaminated? How do YOU fix it? What happens then? WHO is responsible?
If all that isn't enough, we came across the article below. Which brings us back to the original question, WHO controls YOUR water?
I am in Parker County at a hearing where Range Resources has filed a plea to jurisdiction in the water contamination case where EPA had to step in. If the judge grants this motion, it means the Texas Railroad Commission is the final authority in fracking water contamination cases. It means you can’t sue for damages if the Big Gas Mafia fracks up your water. It would be a disaster for all Texas water drinkers.
Read the rest here.