Proposed Toxic Wastewater Disposal
Bluestone Natural Resources has filed an application to inject toxic wastewater on the west side of Lake Arlington(near 820 and Berry). Wastewater disposal wells cause earthquakes, and can contaminate our water. The proposed well location is at a distance from the Lake Arlington dam that is not considered safe by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The cities of Fort Worth and Arlington both prohibit these injection wells as part of their gas well ordinance, yet the Railroad Commission is considering the permit request. In 2015, Texas passed HB40 after the Denton ban to take away local control and restrict a city's ability to regulate drilling. That law is possibly a factor in the ordinance being ignored. A hearing is scheduled for May 24-25 in Austin.
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Water Supply Threatened
Lake Arlington provides drinking water to over 500,000 North Texas residents, including all of Arlington and Tarrant County. It is the sole source of water for Arlington's Pierce Burch Water Treatment Plant and the Trinity River Authority's Tarrant County Water Supply Project plant.
Due to the threat posed by this well to the the health and safety of our community, the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, along with State Representative Chris Turner, have filed protests with the Railroad Commission.
We started Liveable Arlington, a citizen's group, to advocate for and organize toward a healthy, environmentally conscious, sustainable city.
We're working to fight the proposed well, and we need the whole community to step up and speak out quickly to protect our water. Please join us in spreading the word about what's at stake.