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Letter: Let us choose not to remain silent
The residents of Wilson County have always been able to take our concerns to our county leaders. They have listened and taken action to protect the citizens and voters. The belief that our elected officials serve the good of our entire community has strengthened and preserved our peaceful way of life.
Recently, this has changed drastically. Telephone polls and public meetings have revealed at least 90 percent disapproval of disposal sites in our neighborhoods. Our elected officials strongly disagree. They have spoken, telling us we are wrong and cannot stop disposal sites in our areas. We were told it is part of the oil boom and community development. We are not experiencing an oil boom and research has given us a totally different story. The drilling companies that would leave proven lucrative formations to go north and drill deeper for less money have not stepped forward.
The disregard for citizens’ safety and environmental protection is definitely not a new problem. Our Bible clearly defines the love of money as the root of all evil. When this occurs, love of your neighbor is thrown out. Throughout history, we have constant examples of political and spiritual leaders who made this choice. The outcome was always similar. Temporary riches leave behind destruction, and the hardest of times for future generations to try and endure.
Our political leaders have made their stand very clear. The latest proof is obvious, as the two remaining candidates for commissioner in Pct. 3 both avoided this issue and made no contributions to help voters fighting disposal sites. When given time and opportunity, they chose to remain silent and refused to help in any way. As election time came near, both printed their objection. Again, this is nothing new, as tired voters continually see many political figures standing firmly and proudly atop the fence. Taxpayers and voters must closely watch those who promise to serve and protect us. The evidence before us proves how quickly our concerns are tossed aside when the financial ambitions of an extreme few totally run roughshod over the vast majority of us.
Remember, any tubing or casing leaks through the Carrizo or Wilcox aquifers will allow high pressures and volumes of salt, chemicals, and acids directly into our drinking water. Once contaminated, the damage is irreversible! No amount of money restores this damage. Those making huge profits proudly support this, saying the risk is well worth it. The other 90 percent -- including those living here depending on fresh water -- say absolutely not! The Railroad Commission test performed yearly at 600 psi with air on a system running salt, chemicals, and acids at 1600 psi leaves us in constant fear concerning fresh-water contamination.
I strongly urge everyone to contact by phone or email all of our elected leaders and voice your concerns. Democracy restored means we all participate and insist that our elected officials do not ignore the people, brushing us off as unimportant, or not worthy of consideration. We will be counted and heard. Join us Friday, July 6, in Austin to show support for those who love their neighbors far more than profit at all risk for a very few! We have a hearing before the Texas Railroad Commission to defend and preserve our land and water.
Visit wccvatx.org for information. Transportation will be provided if needed. All of us stepping forward to contribute a little will make a big difference in saving what we have been paying for during our lifetime. More importantly, our children and grandchildren will remember us as the ones who loved them more than money and temporary riches! Thank you and God bless you all.
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