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Lake Travis Party a Hit!

Austin Beyond Coal
Photo by Craig Nazor

Austin Beyond Coal sure knows how to throw a party!

Last Saturday, November 17th, the Austin Beyond Coal campaign hosted a great lakeside party at the Iguana Grill to kick off efforts in the lakes region to phase out the Fayette coal-fired power plant.

The Fayette Power Project is a 1,600 MW coal plant plant located in Fayette County, Texas that uses more than 5 billion gallons of water from our river and lakes every single year.  In a time of extreme drought, this is water that could be put to better use supporting our communities and farms, or simply being conserved.   As you’ll see in the pictures below, the fact that we are still in one of the worst droughts this state has every seen was very obvious while out on Lake Travis last weekend.

Lake Travis
Photo by Craig Nazor

Attendees heard from Austin Beyond Coal volunteers as well as Dr. Lauren Ross, an engineer who knows quite a bit about the relationship between water, coal and the LCRA; all of this while enjoying great food, great music from the Bouldin Creek Bobkat Band and a beautiful Texas sunset.

Bouldin Creek Bobkat Band
Photo by Craig Nazor

Missed out? No problem! For information on how to get involved in efforts to phase out of the Fayette coal plant and free up 5 billion gallons of water a year, email lydia.avila@sierraclub.org.

– Lydia Avila, Associate Field Representative for Beyond Coal

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Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Says NO to White Stallion

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

To join the fight against White Stallion, sign up to volunteer! For more information on the effects of this water contract visit the “about” section of this webpage.

Posted by Lydia D. Avila, Conservation Organizer.

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Power Plants Suck! (Lots and lots of water) Benefit Event

Benefit event to save our beloved Lake Travis!

When: Sunday, October 10, 2010 – 5pm-9pm

Where: Iguana Grill-
2900 Ranch Road 620 N
Austin, TX 78734

Who:  Sponsors- Public Citizen, ReEnergize Texas, SEED Coalition, and Sierra Club.  Co Sponsorship from Iguana Grill and Music City Real Estate.  Endorsed by Texas State Representatives Valinda Bolton, Elliott Naishtat, and Donna Howard.

The proposed White Stallion power plant in Bay City is applying for a water contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority.  This would indirectly add to the water strain that Lake Travis and the rest of the Highland Lakes have experienced.  White Stallion is expected to use close to 25 million gallons of water PER DAY.  Yes, PER DAY (And you were worried about your faucet leaking…).

This October 10th benefit event will help fight this water contract and save Lake Travis from depletion.

Come by for great food, music and fun! And, please don’t forget to spread the word!

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY: http://www.powerplantssuck.org/

Check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2542876#!/event.php?eid=154334614595067