The White Stallion Coal Plant is a project that — if allowed to be built would cost 2.5 billion dollars. More than that, it would be a gamble- betting our water future in the lower Colorado River basin against one of the worst droughts this state has ever recorded.
Public Opposition is Growing in Places like Matagorda County
With the drought reaching the worst in history for the Colorado River Basin, lake levels have fallen and not been restored to normal levels. According to the LCRA website itself, “water flowing into the [Colorado River basin] was 1 percent of average in June, and some tributaries are drying up.”
The plant is scheduled for completion in Matagorda County in 2015. However, the plant would require a water permit among others to begin construction. The plant executives have come to the LCRA for a 40-year water purchase contract. The contract, if passed, would sell 25,400 acre-feet of water per year- that’s the equivalent of about 15 percent of the usage of the entire city of Austin in 2009!
The LCRA will be voting to grant or deny a water permit for the coal plant on August 10th. In preparation for their vote, the LCRA will be having a meeting on July 28th at the Bay City Civic Center in Matagorda County. Bay City, only one mile south of the proposed coal-powered energy center, is in the position to be struck by new air and water pollution as well as sickness from known coal-plant byproducts such as arsenic, mercury, and particulate matter.
The Colorado River
We urge anyone in the area to come out to the LCRA meeting that starts at 6:30pm! In conjunction with the meeting will be a display of posters with beautiful photographs of Texas and the wildlife we want to protect. The display, Protecting What We Love: Our Health. Our Air. Our Water. Can be seen from 5-8pm and refreshments will be served. Please come and enjoy this stunning artwork and bring any questions you may have about the coal plant!
Click on the following links to read the proposed draft water contract, fact sheet, and press release.
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Tomorrow, Wednesday June 15th, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors will be voting on a water contract for the proposed White Stallion coal-fired power plant. If this water contract is approved White Stallion would get 22 million gallons of water every single day, which adds up to over 8 billion gallons of water a year! Texas is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts it has ever seen and water is becoming a more valuable resource everyday. If White Stallion is given this water contract they will have priority over many other costumers including species who rely on this water for their existence, and farmers and small businesses who need this water to make a living. Bottom line is that there is simply not enough water to support current needs and a new unnecessary coal plant. Read more about the water availability here.
The LCRA Board has received over 2,200 letters and emails opposing the White Stallion project. This public opposition of White Stallion has been able to help slow down the project. The LCRA Board will be voting on the water contract at their monthly meeting taking place tomorrow, Wednesday June 15th at 9am.
WHAT: LCRA Board Meeting
WHY: Oppose LCRA granting White Stallion a water contract for over 8 billion gallons of water a year!
WHEN: Tomorrow, Wednesday June 15th, 9:00 am
WHERE: 3700 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin TX
A large public showing at the LCRA Board meeting will show the board Texans care about our water and how it’s managed! I look forward to seeing you at the meeting, and if you can’t make it there’s more you can do to help:
Here’s what you can do!
- Come to the LCRA Board meeting tomorrow!
- Contact the LCRA Board by calling them at 512-473-3244.
- You can also email the board using our action page.
- Get the word out to your friends by reposting this very blog on your Twitter or Facebook pages!
- Retweet @LCRATweets letting them know you don’t support this water contract: @LCRATweets. Please DON’T grant White Stallion a water contract #NoWhiteStallion
- Follow the Sierra Club’s live Twitter session during the board meeting. (#NoWhiteStallion)
Sean Wicks, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Intern.