Apr 2, 2013 7:50 PM by Andy Liscano
ORANGE GROVE - Luera Welding, Trenching, and Hot Shot Service, a company out of Alice, has already begun preparing an old caliche quarry on FM 624 and CR 308 about 7 miles west of Orange Grove.
Today, they told a group of folks who live in the area, that they plan to use the site as a 'wash' for trucks and tankers carrying oil field waste, and eventually as a reclamation recycling location.
But once word spread across the area, thru flyers, about Luera's plans, a meeting was held this morning at Cora Chisholm's house, not far from the Luera site.
The folks are concerned about health, safety, and environmental issues the site raises for them and their families.
"So in our opinion what we're doing is we're talking about something that may be like Ben Bolt or Premont that they've had to shut down not only because of accidents and spills, but polluted groundwater, and having to buy property from people because their water doesn't work," she told us.
John and Jane Wilson live right across FM 624 from the site. "How long are you going to fight this fight?" we asked. "Every bit as far as we can," John Wilson said.
His wife Jane added "we're hoping to stop it before it happens. There's really nothing the company can do here until they get the proper permits from the Texas Railroad Commission."
Al Gonzalez, with Luera, told us by phone, they haven't even applied for any permits yet, but tried to reassure residents, "we'll never be an oil waste disposal site. We're not putting stuff into the ground. We're not going to contaminate anybody's water. We're going to have monitored wells and everything that's required by law."
Gonzalez believes Luera just needs to continue educating residents about what exactly Luera plans to do here.
Still, these folks plan to fight to prevent them from ever getting any permits.