H-GAC, SCJC, Governor, State Representative: Stop the Highway 6 Landfill in Hempstead Texas
  • Petitioning Glenn Hegar

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Glenn Hegar
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Cecil Bell
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Richard A. Hyde
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H-GAC, SCJC, Governor, State Representative: Stop the Highway 6 Landfill in Hempstead Texas

    1. Tobi Kosanke
    2. Petition by

      Tobi Kosanke

      Hempstead, TX

Our local officials are defying their constituents and supporting environmental racism in Waller County, Texas. We need your help to protect the health of our citizens and the economy of our county.

The demographics of Waller County and the economically underserved Hempstead area are ideal for a major corporation to build a controversial landfill: a relatively poor rural population is much less likely to mount and sustain a long and costly legal challenge.

Our local officials are supporting this environmental racism and refusing to represent the wishes and best interests of their constituency by supporting the Highway 6 Landfill in the face of overwhelming evidence that it will have tremendous negative health, economic and environmental impacts on the area.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has received a record breaking nearly 5000 comments against the landfill and close to an all-time record of over 1000 requests for contested case hearings. Not a single comment FOR the landfill has been made. The landfill company has appeared before the commission a number of times over the past two years and the TCEQ has broken several of their policies to accommodate the building of this landfill.

The Highway 6 Landfill is a proposed site in Hempstead—a rural and economically underserved area 45 miles northwest of Houston. The population is roughly 3,000. The land in question is a 723-acre piece of historic property with stagecoach roads, a family cemetery and two spring-fed creeks.

Landfills leak and this acreage sits directly above the Chicot Aquifer, the only source of water for Hempstead. This water is municipal, agricultural, and used by federally protected wildlife. This area is also the headwater for Clear Creek, which runs to the Brazos River. Water that originates here is used as drinking water by cities and districts downstream.

The Highway 6 Landfill is intended for HOUSTON'S garbage and is UNWANTED by the residents of Waller County — and it would economically and environmentally destroy an area that’s already struggling for survival.

Please stop the Highway 6 Landfill and investigate unethical and possibly illegal behavior by the TCEQ, Judge Glenn Beckendorff and the Waller County Commissioners.

 

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. DISTRICT ATTORNEY IMPLICATED IN PLOT TO KEEP SECRETS

      Tobi Kosanke
      Petition Organizer

      Three months before the landfill deal was made public, Waller County Engineer Orval Rhoads and former Commissioner Odis Styers travelled to Georgia to tour the Green Group Turkey Run landfill in Georgia. Waller County Judge Glenn Beckendorff not only knew about the trip, he was scheduled to go.

      There were no county travel request forms filled out, and no permission to travel was posted on the agenda of the Waller County Commissioners' Court meetings. Those are standard ways for taxpayers to monitor the trips of public officials on behalf of the county. The one-day trip was not taken on a work-day, but on a holiday, Texas Independence Day, and both men say they paid their own way.

      The County Engineer, Orval Rhoads, now claims it was the District Attorney, Elton Mathis, who advised him and the Judge to keep the trip confidential, and then talked them through the ways to keep the landfill trip a secret from the public.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Par for the course: Commissioners continue to move forward on landfill

      Tobi Kosanke
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday's Commissioner's Court meeting was a farce. Our elected officials continue to support the landfill company and act against their consituents!

      It is time to request that they RESIGN:

      Judge Glenn Beckendorff: 979-826-7700, 713-283-4997, fax: 979 -826 -2112

      Frank Pokluda: 979-826-7700, 713-875-7963, fax : 979 -826 -2112

      Stan Kitzman: 281-375-5231, 832-298-7504, fax: 281-375-7751

      I will be hand-delivering my petition to the legislators in Austin in just 5 days. Please circulate to get as many more signatures as possible by then!

    5. Waller County needs you to make some phone calls!

      Tobi Kosanke
      Petition Organizer

      While the county's residents are otherwise engaged, the Waller County Commissioners Court has scheduled the agenda for January 2nd.

      On the agenda are: # 11 Lawyer Consultation # 12 Discussion & potential action re Waller County Solid Waste ORDINANCE pursuant to TX Health & Safety Code and Takings Impact Assessment.

      Our elected officials continue to support the landfill and act against their consituents!

      Please ask any residents that you know to SHOW UP AT THE WALLER COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN HEMPSTEAD ON JANUARY 2ND.

      Regardless of where you live in the world, please contact the Waller County Commissioners and Judge and ASK THEM TO SUPPORT THEIR CONSTITUENTS OR RESIGN:

      Judge Glenn Beckendorff: 979-826-7700, 713-283-4997, fax: 979 -826 -2112

      Frank Pokluda: 979-826-7700, 713-875-7963, fax : 979 -826 -2112

      Stan Kitzman: 281-375-5231, 832-298-7504, fax: 281-375-7751

    6. Waller County Commissioners move to accept a host agreement

      Tobi Kosanke
      Petition Organizer

      Last week our Waller County Commissioners voted “AGAINST” the residents, livestock and wildlife of Hempstead, Texas and “FOR” the landfill and environmental racism by voting for a 'host agreement' with Pintail Landfill, LLC.

      It was gut-wrenching to watch citizen after citizen after citizen stand up and plead with the Commission to support the ordinance and their constituents, only to witness our elected officials support the landfill company instead.

      Please watch this video about how this same landfill company, supported by the Commissioners of Uniontown, destroyed the lives of the residents of that city:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAM6wpRek0o

      This is NOT a done deal! We ARE resisting! Please circulate this petition to help the residents of Hempstead, Prairie View and Wallker County win this fight against our Commissioners and Green Group Holdings/ Pintail Landfill!Share your latest development here.

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Jerry Alonso KATY, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      Concerned for the citizens of Waller County

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    • Jose Rios HOUSTON, TX
      • 4 months ago

      This will harm the people of Houston and all surrounding areas

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    • Marline Santos PRAIRIE VIEW, TX
      • 4 months ago

      My children live here and we did not move here to endure the pollutions of the city, we moved here to avoid them. Now I'm finding we will not only have to live next door to a dumpsite but its contaminates may affect my babies! The city officials should be disgraced when a dollar value is placed over its citizens. They could get just as much money making it a commercial site versus a dumpsite that would not only devalue the city but affect those who vote for them. Not only do I desire them to resign but to reap what they have sown

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    • Wanda Cane HOUSTON, TX
      • 8 months ago

      Surely there is some wasteland that can be utilized-- rather than beautiful farmland that is rich with native Texan wildlife, plant life and families that have lived here generations in the quiet and cleanliness of the countryside.

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    • IoneMarie French WALLER, TX
      • 9 months ago

      Not only will it impact our water and the air we breath, it is located by two major highways!

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