Fight over disposal well moves to Victoria commissioners court

By Brian M. Cuaron - BCUARON@VICAD.COM
Sept. 10, 2011 at 4:10 a.m.

The Victoria County Commissioners Court may lend its support to almost 600 residents in their fight against a disposal well.

American Disposal Services has received a permit for a disposal well, which injects non-hazardous waste from oil and gas production 1,500 feet below groundwater, said Austin Ivey, company manager.

The well will be near Farm-to-Market Road 1685 and Loop 463.

The Texas Railroad Commission granted the W-14 permit June 2, said Matt Coppersmith, engineering specialist.

J.D. Ivey, the company's president, said he still needed a drilling, or W-1, permit before he could use his unconstructed disposal well.

However, the plan has caused an uproar among rural, county residents who live near the site and depend on private water wells.

Residents have formed the Citizens Against the Dump group, said Patsy Price, a committee member.

Two town hall meetings were formed by residents, Price said. The group sent a 600-signed petition Thursday to the commission, Sen. Glenn Hegar and Rep. Geanie Morrison.

County Commissioner Kevin Janak has joined the effort by putting a letter before the commissioners court. The court is expected to vote Monday on whether to send the letter.

The letter asks the Texas Railroad Commission to hold a public hearing before it approves a drilling permit for American Disposal. The goal of the letter is to stop the well's installation because of its six-acre location, Janak said.

The letter noted that the site slopes to a drainage channel 1,600 yards from the Guadalupe River. It also said that the well would be drilled through the Evangeline Aquifer and would be down the road from Victoria's water reservoirs.

Ivey said Friday he wasn't aware of the proposed letter. But said disposal wells across Texas were built near water sources.

Ivey said his company had a perfect safety record for more than 35 years. The move would allow the company to own the land it operates on, and would provide good access from Loop 463 for the 50 or so trucks that will visit each day, Ivey said.



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