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Residents oppose disposal well

 
Residents oppose disposal well
REUBEN GARCIA/www.dcameraman.net An estimated 240 people pack the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall April 25 for a meeting about a proposed saltwater injection well off F.M. 539 near La Vernia.

“Where does it begin? Where does it end? Living here is a cherished realization of my and my wife’s dreams.”

These words from Dennis Olsen closed an April 25 meeting in the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall. An estimated 240 La Vernia-area residents packed the hall for the meeting, hosted by the Wilson County Community Values Association.

Association founders Olsen and Gary Jackson, who own land on F.M. 539 near La Vernia, oppose a proposed saltwater disposal well operated by Geomeg Energy Holdings LLC, based in Dripping Springs. Geomeg’s Patrick Marable is the owner of the well site approximately 6 miles southeast of La Vernia. The company has applied for the site to dispose of up to 15,000 barrels per day of waste from hydraulic fracturing -- “fracking” -- the latest method of extracting oil and natural gas from deep in the Eagle Ford shale.

Some participants wanted to air concerns to state Rep. John Kuempel, who was present. Others just wanted more information.

The current setup on the site isn’t sufficient to manage the proposed volume, Jackson said. He and other neighbors and concerned area residents hope to stop the injection.

Keith Johanson, owner of La Vernia Pump & Supply, told the crowd there is “no option but to dispose of the water in injection wells.”

“The well is very safe,” Johanson said.

 
 
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