SAVE SAN SOLOMON SPRINGS, PHANTOM SPRINGS & GIFFIN SPRINGS

SAVE SAN SOLOMON SPRINGS, PHANTOM SPRINGS & GIFFIN SPRINGS

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San Solomon Springs, located in Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, Texas, are a group of artesian springs formed by subsurface geological faults.  Flowing an amazing 20 million gallons of clear fresh water a day these springs have sustained life in this Chihuahuan Desert region of West Texas for over 11,000 years.  Guided by the Jumano Indians explorer Antonio de Espejos’ expedition camped at San Solomon Springs on August 10, 1583.  Today the springs irrigates over 10,000 acres of farmland and the Balmorhea State Park swimming pool, constructed by the CCC to impound the springs for recreational purposes, is enjoyed year round by swimmers and SCUBA Divers from across the Globe.

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Phantom Springs, Giffin Springs and East and West Sandia Springs are part of this series of springs.  With a depth of 462 feet Phantom Springs is the deepest underwater cave system known in the United States.  Scientific testing conducted at Phantom Springs provided a direct link to San Solomon Springs.  Dye that was placed in Phantom Springs appeared in San Solomon Springs in only 6 days.  The endangered species found in these historic springs include the Comanche Springs Pupfish, Pecos Gambusia, Phantom Cave springsnail, Cheatum’s snail, and a freshwater shrimp named Diminutive amphipod.

Phantom Springs Cave Expedition 2013 

Today the onslaught of the fossil fuel industry is a very real threat to the delicate eco-system in this West Texas Desert Oasis.  When fracking and injection of toxic fracking waste water into salt water disposal wells began, so did "historic seismic activity".  Over two thousand earthquakes within an 80 miles radius of San Solomon Springs in the past four years.  This seismic activity places these historic springs in danger. The possibility of the springs disappearing is very real!  May of this year a 5.0 earthquake hit west of Orla, Texas, and was felt as far away as El Paso, Texas, over 170 miles from the epicenter.  Residence in Toyahvale, Texas felt this earthquake and their home, located less that 1,000 yards from San Solomon Springs, was damaged! 

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"The "Little Geyser," spoken of by travellers of the last century, completely disappeared after an earthquake which occured in 1789. 

There can be no turning back if these 11,000 year old springs were to suffer irreparable harm.  You cannot say oops ...and start over!  We request an immediate halt to any and all drilling and fracking activity to include permitting of fracking waste-water disposal wells (SWD) in Reeves County, Texas until environmental impact studies, conducted by independent experts, can be completed. 

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