PRO = TEAMS
Property Rights Organization
Training, Educating, Advocating, Mobilizing
Public Hearing on
Monday, Oct. 21
Roans Prairie Community Center
Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 90
A group of Texas citizens is asking for Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurt to attend a Public Hearing where citizens will speak to their concerns regarding the transporting of diluted bitomen (Tar Sands) through 3 major pipelines near towns, major waterways and reservoirs. The focus of the concerns will be the preparedness training needed for public safety and water safety.
Excerpts from Pro=Team's letter to
Straus & Dewhurst on June 17, 2013
"It is our understanding that when the Legislature is not in session, in order to secure these hearings, Lt. Governor Dewhurst and/or House Speaker Straus must call for an Interim Study."
"We urge that hearings for an Interim Study begin immediately in East Texas along the route of the TransCanada/Keystone XL Pipeline. This pipeline is due for completion sometime early next year. In addition to concerns about the use of eminent domain, the House Land & Resource Management,
Business & Industry, and Energy Resources committees have all heard additional concerns that Landowners, together with Towns, Cities and Counties along the route, may be inadequately prepared for emergency measures needed if there is a pipeline breach. The fact that the pipeline is carrying diluted bitumen under high pressure, which carries particular dangers to health, safety and our water supply, has somehow been lost in the eminent domain shuffle.
Moreover, given the high profile of Texas water availability, we believe that the protection of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which serves 10-12 million people, and which is traversed by this pipeline, deserves a special look by the Legislature. Last, the recent anomalies in new pipeline being laid by TransCanada were in the press last week. This points to the immediate need for hearings and full public disclosure. These landowners and nearby residents deserve at least this much."
D. Medina, J. Crawford, J. Hightower