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American Disposal cancels disposal well permit

Brian Cuaron

By Brian Cuaron
Sept. 28, 2011 at 4:28 a.m.

American Disposal canceled its permit for a disposal well in Victoria County on Wednesday, ending a dispute about the well's location.

The Texas Railroad Commission granted a disposal well permit to the company for a location near Farm-to-Market Road 1685 and Loop 463. The well would have injected non-hazardous waste from oil and gas production at a depth between 2,700 to 3,100 feet, said J.D. Ivey, American Disposal president.

This had triggered an onslaught of opposition from a citizens group and the county's commissioners court. The Victoria City Council was scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution supporting the county's position.

All that ended after Ivey sent a request to cancel the permit on Wednesday, said Austin Ivey, a company manager and son of J.D. Ivey. The railroad commission approved the request.

The cancellation was a business decision, Austin Ivey said.

"We had a better offer elsewhere," he explained.

The new location would be closer to the Eagle Ford Shale drilling area and about 75 miles outside Victoria County, Austin Ivey said.

American Disposal employs about 20 workers at its current Victoria County site, near state Highway 185 and U.S. Highway 59, Austin Ivey said. The company hopes they will move with them to the new location.

Victoria Residents for a Clean Water Community formed after Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Janak informed residents of the coming disposal well in August.

The group opposed the well's location, citing its proximity to the Guadalupe River and area residents' private water wells, said Patsy Price, group committee member. Some had also raised concerns about the well's effect on property values.

State Sen. Glenn Hegar said residents' concerns weren't raised till after the disposal well was permitted. He felt like the opposition put enough pressure on American Disposal to choose a different site.

Victoria County Judge Don Pozzi wished the company the best in its ventures. Janak said he respected American Disposal's business decision.

Price thanked the 100 group members and everyone else who worked on the issue.

"We're just all happy because we were concerned about that being in our neighborhood," she said.

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