Story about groundwater meeting was wrong
Jan. 20, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Updated Jan. 19, 2014 at 7:20 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
Sunday's lead 2-page article was full of untrue statements and biased reporting that has become the banner of our local paper. I would have long ago discontinued the paper except for obituaries and about 30 percent of the comics.
I was around when the well blew out in Bloomington and the roadways had to be rerouted. I was around when the people who lived in Bloomington did what we did in Victoria, growing up in the southwest end: Religion, home life, values, morals, ethics, education, two-parent families and getting ahead in life were the norm. No handouts, welfare or government dependency were ever thought of, in spite of the depression in the '30s through the '50s.
I also attended the Victoria groundwater meeting on Friday. The only person who tried to add "fracking" to the discussion was the Public Health Nurse, not a doctor of nursing practice as reported. No fracking has occurred in the Bloomington area. Should local water wells be tested as proposed, why didn't she say that it could be done by several entities including GBRA for a fee to cover the cost and maybe cover part of the costs from her budget?
The Victoria groundwater district does protest all disposal wells in their area that are filed with the railroad commission as a mater of policy. This allows time for facts by professional licensed people experienced in these matters and reported back to them - your tax dollars at work and spent wisely. In the current case with Petrodome, they have agreed to suggested changes to help protect our groundwater.
It was refreshing that Danny Garcia, the elected county commissioner for that area, stated correctly in the article, "This land is owed by somebody, and he's entitled to his minerals." What I heard at this groundwater meeting is that Petrodome has gone beyond, including flaring a minor amount of gas above and beyond what the law requires, what the laws now in effect require, to protect our groundwater and our environment for all of us in Victoria County.
Richard Fritz, Victoria