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.
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 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 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