Residents voice their concerns over disposal well

A number of Victoria County residents were clear about their thoughts on a disposal well moving into their neighborhood - keep it out.

"We have to live with this mess. You don't," resident Pat Gisler told Doug Ivey, president of American Disposal Services.

The company has received a permit from the Texas Railroad Commission to build a disposal well near Farm-to-Market Road 1685 and Loop 463.

It is now applying for a permit to pump about 20 million gallons of water on its site.

Ivey said one of the reasons his company chose the site was its highway access.

But when Ivey told about 50 residents, packed into a McD Trailers shop, that about 50 trucks would be coming and going from the site every day, residents made their feelings heard.

"No, no, no" was heard from the crowd while another replied, "We don't need that here."

But Ivey stood firm. He showed the crowd a bottle of water that he said was pumped from the water well near his company's current site on South Laurent Street and Business U.S. Highway 59.

"I'm getting a little dry in the mouth," said Ivey, who proceeded to drink from the bottle.

By the end of the meeting, only about half the bottle was filled.

Ivey told residents that the water well would be dug far beneath the level from where they draw their water.

Kenny Lynch, water well drill with American Disposal Services, also answered questions regarding the water well.

He also spoke of how the company works to prevent accidents from occurring with the proposed disposal well, which will pump non-hazardous waste from oil and gas production into the ground.

But some were still skeptical.

"Our property value is just going to go straight up, right?" Fred Kloesel, said with a sarcastic tone, about the coming trucks.

"I don't have nothing against you, but we don't need y'all here," Mary Grace Krejci said.

One resident said his neighbor draws a lot from his well and he wasn't affected. Another said he knew of a long-time disposal well where there weren't any problems.

Commissioner Kevin Janak, who organized the meeting, told residents to register their water wells so incase any company's activities damage their wells. The Victoria County Groundwater Conservation District can assist them with future issues.