THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. WE ARE NOW TRYING TO GET A FULL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE SAWS DEAL -- BE SURE TO SIGN UP TO GET OUR EMAIL ALERTS!~
We were in San Antonio on Monday to witness (SAWS) unveil a $3.4 billion contract for 50,000 acre-feet of Simsboro water. Yes, that's the same aquifer Lee and Bastrop counties have been fighting to protect-- for years. Even according to the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (the one that's been handing our permits like candy) says the aquifer recharges only 12,500 AFY,. Meanwhile, water profiteers and hydrologists-for-hire keep calling the Simsboro "drought-proof" -- just like they said 50-years ago about one of the world's largest aquifers, the Ogallala, now dying in West Texas.
Folks, the SAWS contract was 522-pages still in DRAFT on Monday. But, SAWS is still planning to ram through this $3.4 billion complex contract this coming Monday! Then it will go to the San Antonio City Council for approval on October 30th.
The Vista Ridge consortium, (Spanish-based Abengoa and Bue Water Systems) will require at 140-mile pipeline to move the 50K AFY from Burleson to San Antonio.
Like a car salesman, SAWS Chairman Berto Guerra calls it "the deal of the century." So, what’s the big hurry and what's the big worry? A lot.
- San Antonians will be forced to pay at least a 16% rate increase just the first year.
- Landowners along the 140-mile pipeline will face eminent domain land seizures.
- Communities north of San Antonio will be sold water for 5-10 years until San Antonio “grows into” this massive 50K AFY contract, then they can be cut off!
- Folks around the Simsboro in Burleson, Milam, Lee and Bastrop counties (and Brazos County that depends on the Simsboro) are looking at aquifer depletion.
We need YOU NOW folks. Will you stand up to this water theft?
We need you to be at San Antonio’s City Hall on Thursday, October 2 at 5 pm.
PLEASE RESERVE A SPOT ON THE BUS NOW!
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STARTING FROM GIDDINGS AT 2 PM NEXT THURSDAY, October 2nd.
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