Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FENCO Withdraws Application

On October 6, FENCO withdrew its application to construct the stationary treatment facility. For more details, click here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hearing Date Changed

The Railroad Commission hearing on FENCO's application for a permit to build a stationary waste facility outside Saint Jo was originally scheduled for August 25. The date has been changed to October 18-20, in Austin, Texas.

If you haven't done so already, please print and fill out this public comment form for the City of Saint Jo's representatives to present at the hearing. Completed public comment forms can be turned in at Saint Jo City Hall.

FENCO CONTRACTORS GROUP, LLC Tri-State Headquarters, Nocona, Texas

Here are some photos of FENCO's Nocona, Texas, headquarters.

Roundup of August 25 Public Meeting

At the public meeting at the Saint Jo School Auditorium on August 25, FENCO displayed several exhibits during its presentation. These are reproduced here:

- One is a diagram of the liner that FENCO proposes to use to try to prevent leaks from the waste pits into the ground beneath.

- One contains maps of the area, showing the city of Saint Jo and the location of the proposed stationary treatment facility, the location of the Antlers Sand that serves as a recharge zone for the Trinity Aquifer, and a geologic cross section of the area between the proposed site and the town of Saint Jo.

- Another shows a detailed map of the stationary treatment facility site.

- Lastly, there is FENCO's "Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan."


Saint Jo Mayor Tom Weger held a press conference earlier in the afternoon the day of the meeting. Here is the text of Weger's remarks at the press conference.


The Bowie News ran this story about the meeting in its August 29 issue.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Public Meeting Tonight in Saint Jo

Come out and make your voice heard!

FENCO representatives will be hosting a public meeting to explain FENCO's proposed stationary treatment facility.

The meeting runs from 5:30 to 7:30 PM today, August 25, at the Saint Jo High School Auditorium.

Montague County Property Owners Association August Newsletter

The August issue of the Montague County Property Owners Association is out. It contains more information on Montague County's inclusion in a Priority Groundwater Management Area. It also quotes a professional hydrologist stating that construction of FENCO's proposed stationary treatment facility could contaminate ground and surface water supplies for hundreds of thousands of people.

Darren Fenoglio writes to the Nocona News

Here is a copy of a letter from Darren Fenoglio of FENCO to the Nocona News, giving his perspective on FENCO's proposed stationary treatment facility.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Trinity Aquifer in the Bowie News

In its July 11 issue, the Bowie News ran two front-page stories relating to issues of oil and gas drilling and waste disposal in the Trinity Aquifer.

One is an article on FEMCO's application to install a stationary waste treatment facility outside Saint Jo - the proposal that the STA Coalition was formed to prevent.

The other tells the story of a family who can light a fire at their water tap as a result of gas in their water lines, possibly due to natural gas drilling in the area.

Both articles are available here (posted with permission).

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Story So Far

The Save the Trinity Aquifer Coalition, and this website, exist to prevent the construction of a "stationary treatment facility" for oil and gas drilling waste just outside Saint Jo, Texas.

Our reason for opposing the construction of this facility, which has been twice administratively denied by the Texas Railroad Commission, is the great likelihood that its construction would contaminate the Trinity Aquifer, leaving the town of Saint Jo, as well perhaps as many other towns and cities that depend on the Trinity Aquifer for their drinking water supplies, without a clean source of ground or surface water.

For further background, please see the July issue of the Montague County Property Owners Association newsletter, which summarizes the situation thus far.

In addition, here is a recent KERA news story on a local stream fed by the Trinity River Aquifer that would likely be contaminated by the proposed stationary treatment facility.

A hearing on the proposed construction is currently scheduled for August 25 in Austin.

The City of Saint Jo has retained legal representation for the hearing. Individual citizens can make their views heard at the hearing, but in order to do so, they must either appear at the hearing in person, or submit comments in advance via a form that will be available in various public locations around Montague County.

The comment form is also available here. Please print a copy, write in your comments, and deliver to the Saint Jo City Hall.


Please check back to this blog frequently for updates and links to further background information.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer 2010

Please check back soon as the Save the Trinity Aquifer Coalition will have more information and resources about how you can help to preserve clean and safe groundwater for all of North Texas.