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Texas Permits Lignite Mine Expansion Despite Water Worries

Despite objections from local governments, a river authority, and concerned citizens, Texas regulators have granted approval for a 12,000-acre expansion of a coal mine. The expansion, operated by San Miguel Electric Cooperative, faced opposition from nearby counties, cities, and landowners who were worried about the impact on their water supply, particularly for Choke Canyon Lake. McMullen County judge James Teal, representing the opposing parties, raised concerns about potential water and air pollution, as well as the company's inadequate financial plans for cleanup. Despite Teal's appeal, the Texas Railroad Commission voted unanimously to issue the permit, marking the second coal mining permit granted in Texas in the past decade. The expansion allows San Miguel to mine low-grade coal for its power plant and use toxic ash from coal burning to backfill mining pits. The decision has sparked criticism due to San Miguel's controversial history, including environmental issues and disputes with local residents. The decision reflects Texas' significant coal consumption, with the state being the highest consumer of coal in the US. Public opposition does not directly impact permitting decisions, according to Virginia Palacios of the watchdog group Commission Shift, who expressed the need for more cautious decision-making by regulators when pollution risks are evident.

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  • Rashid Kamau

    42 w

    We cannot allow a few powerful industries to endanger our entire planet.

    • walter lungayi

      42 w

      It's so heartbreaking to see such projects. Action should be done to prevent more fossil fuels exploration.

      • Elizabeth Gathigia

        42 w

        This terrible! Enough is enough stop causing more harm to our planet

        • rosebellendiritu

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          • johnte ndeto

            42 w

            Doesn't Texas mind it's reputation this is so insensitive

            • Kevin

              42 w

              This is the definition of heartbreaking

              • Hilda Wangui

                42 w

                Disheartening Texas stop risking the environment coal should remain underground ever

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