The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District passed by just over 78%
By requiring water well production data and forcing new wells to adhere to certain spacing requirements, the district is meant to safeguard groundwater supplies, which are experiencing more pressure than ever before as population trends in the four-county area continue to increase.
And thank you to Kathy!
Kathy Chruscielski, a local groundwater advocate who was instrumental in mustering support for the new district, called its confirmation a big step in the right direction. In addition to usage reports and spacing requirements, Chruscielski hinted the district may bring about more stringent wastewater injection well standards.
“Some other districts have been successful in protesting [injection well] permit applications, and negotiating with the drilling company to get more monitoring, so there is early detection if contamination occurs,” she said. “We’re in a recharge zone and that contamination can migrate. That’s a big concern.”
An UPDATE: Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Takes Steps to Protect Water From Barnett Shale Drilling Pollution
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This is a good thing for anyone living or planning on living in the area.