NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Texas Conservation Alliance executive director wants to meet with the Angelina and Neches River Authority. TCA says an invitation has been extended to ANRA attorneys.
The group is opposing a water permit request by ANRA that would allow up to 3 billion gallons of water to be pumped from rivers and tributaries in Deep East Texas. The water would be used for fracking.
Janice Bezanson said the terms of ANRA's draft permit are not adequate to protect the Angelina River watershed, particularly the upper part.
"And we hope very much ANRA will cooperate with us because there are a lot of things, there are simple things they could do which would improve this permit greatly," Bezanson said.
"Lawsuits are very expensive. We would like to avoid a lawsuit," Bezanson said. "We would like to avoid a contested case hearing. What we hope we can do is get an agreement with the Angelina Neches River Authority to put some protections in place, in addition to what's in the permit."
ANRA general manager Kelley Holcomb said Tuesday he's open to a negotiation. Last night, approximately 80 people and city leaders attended a panel discussion on the water pumping issue that was hosted by Resilient Nacogdoches.