Paxton area residents urged to attend Tuesday meeting on solid waste disposal plans
A new battle is brewing in the Paxton community related to a permit request pending with the Texas Railroad Commission for a waste disposal site.
A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Paxton Methodist Church for Paxton area residents opposed to a new attempt by a firm to have a solid waste disposal site located next to the Paxton Water Supply facility on Hwy. 84.
Linda Wheeler, one of the opponents to the request, said McBride Operating LLC has submitted paperwork with the Texas Railroad Commission seeking the permit for a solid waste disposal operation.
This permit request comes months after another firm, R360 Environmental Services, faced opposition in July and August when it sought permission to locate an oil and gas waste disposal site in the Paxton area. The R360 Environmental request was not granted after the company failed to file paperwork requested by the railroad commission within the agency's allotted deadline.
“On a positive note, R360 did not submit the changes the Railroad Commission had requested they make to the permit application,” Wheeler said. “R360 was given 30 days, then they were given another 30-day extension when they didn't get the changes in, and granted yet another extension that was 90 more days.”
R360 was proposing to build a waste facility on a 112-acre tract at the northeast corner of the intersection of Hwy. 84 and FM 699 near the Paxton water plant.
Among the concerns the group had with the R360 proposal was the potential for contamination of the Paxton Water Supply Corp., and possible ground water contamination which could impact private water wells, ponds and creeks which flow into the Sabine River just a couple of miles away, opponents said at the time.
While the new request by McBride Operating is for a solid waste operation, Wheeler said opponents have many of the same concerns they did with the R360 permit.
Paxton area residents have retained the same lawyer the community members used to oppose R360 Environmental Solutions, Wheeler said.
“We are asking everyone to come out and get involved with this opposition,” she said. “Protest letters can be sent to the Railroad Commission telling them why you believe this could be hazardous to our community water supply and fresh water in this area.”
Letters should be addressed to: Railroad Commission of Texas, Technical Permitting Section, Oil & Gas Division, PO Box 12967, Austin, Texas 78711-2967.
Include Project # 6706190037. The TRRC must receive these letters by this week to be considered to halt the permit to be granted.