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Section A: General News


Residents, commissioners oppose separation facility




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March 14, 2012 | 2,213 views | 20 comments

Complaints from landowners living along S.H. 97 East between Floresville and Stockdale have led to the Wilson County Commissioners Court opposing a proposed commercial oil and gas waste-separation facility, with commissioners passing a resolution at their March 12 meeting.

Pam Strozier, who owns property adjacent to the site, spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting. She said HJ Integrity Investment LLC’s application to the Texas Railroad Commission contains several flaws. Among them, Strozier said, there is no information about liners or monitoring, and not enough consideration has been given to the danger such a facility could pose to the nearby Cibolo Creek and San Antonio River.

County Judge Marvin Quinney cited Strozier’s research as the reason commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley voted to pass the resolution opposing the plan. He thanked Strozier for her fact-based argument that was not based on “innuendo.”

According to the railroad commission’s website, “an oil and gas waste separation facility is a facility where oil and gas waste is separated into its solid and liquid components prior to its disposal.” Typically, liquid waste is deposited into an injection well, while the solid waste goes to a landfill.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners voted to allow the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library to proceed with its application for the E-Rate Internet grant. Library Director Nicki Stohr said the library has benefited from this grant for the past 13 years. If the library is again approved, the county’s cost for 10-megabyte fiber-optic Internet service from Time Warner would be reduced to just $195 per month.

Another cost-saver approved by the commissioners involves the purchase of two balers from Comal County, which would be used to help establish a residential recycling program. Wiley said purchasing each unit new could cost as much as $10,000. But Comal County, which has outgrown the units, agreed to sell the pair to Wilson County for just $10.

In other action, the commissioners:

•Voted to schedule a public hearing for posting “no through trucks” signs on C.R. 126, C.R. 161, C.R. 324, Kothmann Road, and C.R. 427 between F.M. 3335 and S.H. 123. The hearing likely will take place in April, and would apply to any vehicles requiring a Class A driver license to operate.

•Voted to prohibit parking of heavy trucks in the Rosewood subdivision, which would disallow parking of any vehicles requiring a Class A driver license to operate.

•Voted to ask the Texas Department of Transportation to perform a traffic study at the intersection of U.S. 87 and F.M. 539, to determine the feasibility of installing a traffic light.

 

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One Voice  
Floresville  
March 19, 2012 9:47am
 
Right On - Dots!!!!!!

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
March 19, 2012 9:18am
 
Debbie.... Last time I checked, the newspaper was a privately held entity. Don't like what they do? Don't buy the paper. Invest your own capital and start a paper. Maybe if y'all learned to play with your own money instead ... More ›

 
crenshaw.glen@yahoo.com  
Floresville  
March 17, 2012 10:34pm
 
Thankful to be here, you're right. I'm not FROM HERE, but I have been here for 40 years, how bout you?

 
thankful to be here  
floresville  
March 17, 2012 10:48am
 
thanks for the test results just goes to some people cannot stay on the subject and save floresville crenshaw is not from wilson county so dont feed him

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
March 16, 2012 8:06pm
 
Thankful, the video works fine for me, too. Perhaps you should check w/ your computer repairman.

 
Glenn Quagmire  
Quahog, Rhode Island  
March 16, 2012 4:23pm
 
Thankful, you can't write. And it's not like they got all the money the city has. It worked fine on my computer.

 
thankful to be here  
floresville  
March 16, 2012 4:19pm
 
very poor recording wcnews in vest in some better equipment or use the county's equipment(web master)

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
March 16, 2012 3:13pm
 
County Attorney Russell Wilson has filed a protest with the Texas Railroad Commission. Click here: http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=41936&n=top-stories-county-attorney-protests-separation-facility.

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
March 16, 2012 1:01pm
 
Video posted.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
March 15, 2012 1:51pm
 
Actually you don't need a new newspaper to get what you want you can subscribe to the New York Times.

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