League of Independent Voters of Texas

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Thank you for recently signing our petition at the Bastrop Rodeo, to the Governor asking him to put a stop to the Vista Ridge "Water Grab" pipeline and to make growth pay for itself. Take a minute to read some enlightening facts below and please share this message as you see fit. The petition you signed can now be signed online here. Please note that an important community meeting about Stopping Vista Ridge will take place on Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Elgin First National Bank Community Room on Highway 290 (details here). We hope to see you there!


Scott Carlson of Brenham, Texas, "pleaded guilty in a Houston courtroom to stealing $2.4 million from two oil companies he'd worked for as a land man." (San Antonio Express-News, Sunday, August 20, 2006, reprinted here at TTC News Archives.)

Around the time that Carlson received probation, he was door knocking in Burleson and Milam Counties. He had a check in one hand and a water lease in the other on behalf of his company Metropolitan Water Company, aka MetWater.

According to this same Express-News article, "Carlson sold the leases to Layne Water Development of Texas, a subsidiary of a Kansas company, which later sold them to Ross Cummings, an Austin real estate investor who formed a company called Blue Water Systems. Cummings, who in April 2004 paid $500,000 in bond money to free Carlson from jail, said he believed the leases gave landowners a fair shake."

Do you think the vast majority of citizens in Burleson, Milam, Lee, Bastrop and Brazos counties, who rely on the same aquifer, got a "fair shake" when the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District granted Blue Water Systems a permit to pump 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year (over 44 million gallons per day) for Vista Ridge? What about the vast majority of citizens in Burleson and Milam who never signed a lease? Or what about communities who don't want to be over-built in dry areas? And what about hundreds of landowners who will face eminent domain for this 142-mile pipeline? Did they get a "fair shake", hmmm...Mr. Cummings?

Is it the job of the San Antonio real estate lobby to make San Antonio into the water warlords of central Texas? When San Antonio ratepayers finally learn the truth about their water rates and that this water is for developers outside their city, how do you think they're gonna feel?

We're going to get the answers on our Vista Ridge meetings tour, starting on August 18th at ground zero, Burleson County at the Caldwell Civic Center (6 pm to 8 pm). Then on to Elgin, Lockhart, San Marcos, Seguin, Bryan, San Antonio and more! Schedule here.

Isn't it time to ride these water hustlers outta town?
Do this!

  • Sign this petition:  ask Governor Abbott to stop Vista Ridge and to make growth pay for itself! (Share it online or print it out here and take it to folks.)
  • Come to a local meeting -- schedule here and pick up a yard sign.
  • DONATE! We need money for room rentals, advertising, and large signs!

We got to these dynamite followup comments on Regional Water Conflict as quick as we could, due today, to the Texas Water Development Board. Today's new comments are here. Last week's are here with the video of the hearing.

Now git along you little dogies, and help us stop Vista Ridge -- and the water hustlers it rode in on!

Independently yours,

League of Independent Voters of Texas
PO Box 651 * Bastrop, TX 78602
512-213-4511 * 512-657-2089 cell

PS The Express News article referenced in this message reveals much more than we were able to in this email. Be sure to read it!