|QUESTIONS TO TCEQ UNANSWERED|
The Colorado County Citizen sent the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality six questions relating to this letter last Wednesday. The agency declined to answer our questions, instead providing this response:
The TCEQ currently has an ongoing investigation of this matter. The site operations fall under multijurisdictional oversight by the TCEQ, the Texas Railroad Commission of Texas, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. There are on-going extensive investigations by the three agencies and the agencies are in constant communication and collaboration. The completed TCEQ investigation report will document any sampling activities conducted as well as any regulatory compliance findings under TCEQ’s jurisdiction. On March 4, 2019 TCEQ referred the case to the Attorney General’s Office.
The Citizen’s Questions were as follows:
1.) In a meeting with local officials and other agencies on Tuesday in Columbus, Colorado County, TCEQ staff seem to have moved away from the conclusions in this letter, agreeing with some agencies that now believe this was an algae bloom. What informed the thinking on this change? Is this now TCEQ’s official position—that this chemical spill was actually an algae bloom?