FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
CONTACT: Lydia Avila, Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign, 626-506-9651
Ryan Rittenhouse, Public Citizen Texas, 440-796-9695
Water for Coal Plant Delay
Sierra Club, Public Citizen, and No Coal Coalition Applaud
LCRA Board Delay of Water Contract to White Stallion Coal
(Austin) Sierra Club, Public Citizen, the No Coal Coalition
and numerous Texas water users applauded LCRA's decision
today to delay consideration of a proposed White Stallion
coal plant water contract.
The Board room was full and public comment began with elected officials from Matagorda Co in the south, Travis Co in the middle and Burnet in the north of the Colorado River basin, all opposing the coal plant water and all citing drought concerns.
"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" said Lydia Avila with
Sierra Club. "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.
"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."