Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Denali withdraws permit

Yesterday, June 12 the TCEQ called with the unexpected news that Denali Water Solutions LLC had withdrawn the permit application to sludge the Wallace Farm. I waited to post until I had actually seen the documents that arrived this morning. Here they are:

Official withdrawal letter from Denali Water Solutions LLC to TCEQ

TCEQ acknowledgment of the withdrawal letter

It’s been a whirlwind since the Public Notice of the Permit Application first reached resident landowners within 1/4 mile of the proposed site at the end of May. As one of those recipients, I immediately began drafting this website. Within days, Rep. Cyrier and Sen. Watson fired the first salvo by sending a letter to the TCEQ requesting a public meeting on the permit. That letter was the first post on this site’s Scoops blog.

As word got out, citizens started submitting comments to the TCEQ to request a meeting and state how this project would harm them. Then just two weeks ago, Independent Texans organized a meeting at the Rockne VFW that was attended by over 200 people including Rep. Cyrier and Judge Pape! It was amazing to see such diversity coming together to learn about the problem we were facing.

The coup de grace came on Monday when the Commissioners Court unanimously approved Judge Pape’s carefully crafted Resolution opposing the permit. Tuesday morning the Judge sent the Resolution to TCEQ with a cover letter that eloquently described the County’s position regarding the permit. Officials in Austin received that communication later that day. Undoubtedly there were other factors that prompted Denali’s retreat but our local efforts had to have been a major part of the equation.

Well done one and all!!

For now we can breathe a sigh of relief. There will be reflections posted in the coming days as this turn of events sinks in. But just remember that the beast never sleeps, so we must remain vigilant.