AUSTIN — The Texas Department of State Health Services, the agency responsible for issuing fishing bans and advisories on Texas waterways, announced late last week it was reviewing water samples taken by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in connection with pollution from Skull Creek that has reached the Colorado River.Read more
AUSTIN—The Lower Colorado River Authority has filed a petition to intervene in the state’s lawsuit against Inland Environmental & Recycling alleging violations of the Texas Water Code in connection with conditions at its site and contamination in Skull Creek.Read more
AUSTIN — Conditions at Inland Environmental & Remediation and at Skull Creek near Altair are getting worse, not better, attorneys for the state argued in state district court yesterday in Austin during hearings on a motion for continuance filed by Inland and extending the temporary restraining order issued late last month, ultimately resulting in a more restrictive order against the company.Read more
If a state agency with a budget of in excess of $800 million dollars can’t afford to conduct tests on water and fish in the Colorado River near its confluence with Skull Creek to determine whether or not to issue an advisory to not eat fish harvested from the area, we’ve reached a pretty pass.Read more
Officials with Inland Environmental & Remediation allegedly admitted to discharging purportedly treated wastewater from its container washout operations directly in to Skull Cree, just days before the first incident of contamination was reported at the creek, according to public records reviewed by The Colorado County Citizen.Read more
Editor's Note: Following the publication of this story, DSHS told The Citizen they were now working with TCEQ to obtain their water samples for testing. Full story in the May 8 edition.
ALTAIR—A spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services, the state agency responsible for issuing fishing advisories and bans on Texas waterways, told The Citizen Monday the agency did not have money for water and other testing necessary to determine if contamination in the Colorado River at its confluence with Skull Creek was sufficient to issue a ban or advisory.Read more
EAST BERNARD – Rice farmers are asking for immediate enforcement of a court order against an alleged polluter of Skull Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River, which provides irrigation water to grow rice.Read more