Vista Ridge Begins Pumping for San Antonio

Have SAWS and Vista Ridge Fallen Victim to COVID-19?

Have SAWS and Vista Ridge Fallen Victim to COVID-19? What Happens When a City Refuses to Manage Its Own Public Utility? Or: “Never let a crisis go to waste.” — Rahm Emanuel At their April 7 meeting, the San Antonio Water System Board of Trustees gave General Manager Robert Puente unilateral power (through Resolution 33 — see below) to negotiate and execute contracts without approval by, or even advance notice to the Board. The excuse? In the midst of the[…]

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Take Action to Avert a Manmade Crisis, Vista Ridge & pro-democracy reform.

We just held a conference call to discuss the controversial Vista Ridge (aka the “San Antone Hose) mega-water pipeline slated to begin pumping on April 15th and full bore pumping this summer. You might remember, we started a municipal petition drive for the SAWS Accountability Act, but that’s on hold until the coronavirus crisis is over. We all realized this is not a time to allow a totally manmade crisis to unfold on the most valuable resource on this earth[…]

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Let the Games Begin

Voting for Texas Railroad Commissioner

Voting for Texas Railroad Commissioner Though the Texas Railroad Commission was established in 1891 to regulate railroads, the last remnants of the Commission’s responsibilities over railroads were transferred to the Texas Department of Transportation in 2005. In spite of its misleading name, the Commission’s actual authority and jurisdiction is over the oil and natural gas industry, pipeline transporters, the natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry, natural gas utilities, the LP-gas industry, and coal and uranium surface mining operations. The[…]

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SAWS Accountability and an audit of Vista Ridge

Is it not time for SAWS Accountability and an audit of Vista Ridge?! In 2014, when the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and the then City Council, put the bums rush (30 days) on the Vista Ridge water pipeline project, we united across the 142-mile pipeline to urge a careful look at consequences of the Vista Ridge water pipeline. The Council was warned that it could not only do harm to the infinitesimally slow recharging aquifers underlying Burleson County, but[…]

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Vista Ridge danger to Edwards Aquifer

Vista Ridge is a serious danger to the Mighty Edwards!

It’s now become clear that Vista Ridge is a serious danger to the Mighty Edwards! We warned you back in 2014 that Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) was a threat to TWO aquifers — the aquifers underlying counties east of Austin — the Carrizo-Wilcox (and its Simsboro formation) AND the mighty Edwards Aquifer. Remember, we told you about how Gov. Abbott used his veto pen to turn The Hose back on SAWS’ House Bill 1806 last May, protecting the[…]

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Eight Gifts from the independent movement!

These surprise eight gifts from the independent movement are listed in random order. Y’all enjoy! GIFT #1: Toy Giveaway and the new game — the Vista Ridge Spin – coming soon to you too! LIV volunteers had a blast at the Toy Giveaway put on by Sharrell and Rufus Kemp on Saturday, December 14 in San Antonio’s District 2.   Adults played the new “The Vista Ridge Spin Game” winning a stuffed animal for the kiddos to choose. The main[…]

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Giving to these 2 ALL volunteer outfits!

Many thanks to you early givers this morning for giving to these 2 ALL-volunteer outfits! To clarify, we at LIV are suggesting that for #GivingTuesday today and throughout the month, you give to two ALL VOLUNTEER entities and ask your friends to do the same. ►Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund. The water defense fund is a 501c3 non-profit. Their donations are matched and provide a tax-deducation for givers. You can give to the water defense fund on their Facebook here[…]

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