On December 8, 2010, the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution opposing the granting of a water contract to the White Stallion Energy Center from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).
White Stallion, a proposed coal-fired power plant for Bay City, TX, applied for an LCRA water contract in 2009. The plant would need approximately 6.5 billion gallons of water per year to operate that it hopes to get from our very own Highland Lakes. Given that the members of the Chamber and other businesses in the area rely heavily on the presence of water in Lake Travis, it only made sense for the Chamber to oppose this wasteful use of a precious resource.
In 2009, Lake Travis’ water levels were the lowest they had been since 1963 and the 3rd lowest in the Lake’s history, which severely effected businesses on the Lake. Clearly, we cannot afford such a large burden on our limited water sources, especially for something that, if built, would emit 10 million tons of carbon dioxide, 4,955 tons of sulfur dioxide, 4,047 tons of nitrogen oxide, 1792 tons of particulate matter and 96 pounds of mercury per year.
We’re happy to see that the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce has realized that the White Stallion Energy Center will only be good for one business: White Stallion. With it’s enormous amounts of pollution and immense intake of water, it will only adversely affect businesses all along the Colorado River, Houston, and, of course, Bay City.
The LCRA Board of Directors are expected to vote on this water contract in a few months. Write or call them today and ask them to deny the contract for the sake of existing businesses and our future water security
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Posted by Lydia D. Avila, Conservation Organizer.