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Texas Residents Do Not Approve of Waste Site’s Approval

Residents of DeWitt County and Nordheim, Texas, traveled up to Austin to tell Texas regulators their concerns about living next to a 143-acre oil and gas waste site. Despite their efforts, the regulators approved the proposed waste site.

The new site, which will be built by Pyote Reclamation Systems, will be used to store a variety of waste items, such as drill cuttings, oil-based muds and fracking sand.

The Texas Tribune highlights residents’ concerns:

On Tuesday morning, roughly 10 percent of Nordheim residents (population 316 at last count) once again pulled on their yellow “Concerned About Pollution” T-shirts, drove two hours north to Austin and told Texas regulators that they did not want to live next to an oil and gas waste site roughly half their town’s size.

Many in the rural DeWitt County community had done some version of this exercise several times over the past two or three years. They say their way of life would be threatened by a proposed 143-acre facility that would be used to store waste including drill cuttings, oil-based muds, fracking sand and other toxic oilfield leftovers.

Read the full story here.

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