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Burnet Beyond Coal

The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal team put together a small town hall event in Burnet County.  We talked about the importance of the energy-water nexus, and how important it is for us to use less water-intensive energy sources in this time of drought and inclement climate changes. We had a member of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board, a local city council member, and a local reporter among those in attendance. Check out the pictures and let us know if you want to get involved!

PEC Board Member Cristi Clement talks about her work on moving Pedernales towards more renewables while balancing immediate needs.

Kaiba from Public Citizen talks about what PEC could be doing to reach its renewable goals.

Colin Clark, Lauren Ross, and Lydia Avila.

Lydia discusses next steps. Flavia observes.

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Second best! LCRA delay on Coal Plant Water

Sierra Club, Public Citizen, the No Coal Coalition and numerous Texas water users applauded LCRA’s decision yesterday to delay a decision on a proposed White Stallion coal plant water contract.

Matagorda Co. Judge McDonald opposes water for coal

The Board room was full and public comment began with elected officials from Matagorda County in the south, Travis County in the middle and Burnet County in the north of the Colorado River basin, all opposing the coal plant water and all citing drought concerns.

Lydia Avila, Sierra Club Beyond Coal organizer

Lydia Avila spoke for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. She welcomed this decision,

Even though they haven’t denied it yet, we’re glad they’re taking their time to look into the serious implications of this coal plant request. We’re confident that when they look at the facts that this is a bad deal for Texans, they will reject it.

The Board suggested a 30-45 day period before they would consider it again.

Ryan Rittenhouse, Public Citizen and Coal Block organizer

Ryan Rittenhouse with Public Citizen and Coal Block spoke at the meeting.  Afterwards he said,

The proposed White Stallion coal plant is not a beneficial or responsible use of water.  LCRA can and should deny this water request.  We should invest in cleaner renewable energy so that we assure water for our future.

Sierra Club recognizes and appreciates the over 2,000 people who sent comments to LCRA recommending LCRA reject water for the proposed White Stallion coal plant.  We ask if you will stay tuned and prepare to comment and show up again, if and when LCRA reconsiders the proposed White Stallion water request.  Contact Lydia Avila, 512-477-1729 to get more involved.  Thank you!

~ Donna Hoffman

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