Submitted Your Sand Mine Testimony Yet?

Today, October 30, 5:00 p.m. is the deadline to send testimony to the Texas House of Representatives Interim Committee on Aggregate Production Operations (APOs). The committee is looking into production practices of sand mines and other types of APOs across Texas.

Write About Your Experience

Written comments will be evaluated and considered by the committee when they make their decisions.

If you haven’t yet submitted comments, please take time to put something together—even if it’s just a few paragraphs!

Write about how YOU personally have been or will be impacted by sand mines. Pick one or two of these key issues that will most affect you personally:

???? Air quality
???? Water quality, use and availability
???? Surface and ground water contamination and flooding
???? Rapid development of APOs without adequate regulatory oversight, mine planning, or reclamation
???? Truck traffic
???? Nuisance issues: blasting, noise, odor, visible blight
???? Economic impacts, devaluation of property

How to Submit Comments

When you are ready to submit your testimony, email it to (jeff DOT frazier UNDERSCORE hc) or press the link below. Make sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Testimony in attachment (PDF preferred, Word Document OK, preferably five pages or less)

Deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2020.


Not Choice Between Growth and Safety

Sand mining is necessary to make concrete and support growth. No one wants to put sand miners out of business. People do, however, have legitimate issues with egregious sand-mining practices.

They want sand produced in a manner that respects public safety, health, homes, and the environment.

Since starting this website I have created more than 200 posts about problems with the way sand mining is actually practiced in the Houston Area, and how dangerous practices contribute to flooding. To learn more, use the search phrase “sand mines” or see the index page. Here are some examples.

Sand mining in floodways on West Fork
Discharging industrial waste water into the public drinking water supply
Another discharge of industrial wastewater into the headwaters of Lake Houston
Failure to stabilize soil or restore land to alternative us after abandonment of mine.
Mining too close to natural gas pipeline and exposing it
Endangering five pipelines carrying highly volatile liquids near the West Fork San Jacinto
West Fork sand dune deposited during Harvey downstream from 20-square miles of mines in floodway. It contributed to the flooding of more than 7,000 structures.
River mining without a permit
Flooding adjacent property with floodwater
Barely plugged breach near LMI mine on West Fork
Pumping wastewater into wetlands

Don’t tolerate sand-mining practices that jeopardize your home, family and community. Write today.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 10/30/2020

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The thoughts expressed in this post represent opinions on matters of public concern and safety. They are protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Anti-SLAPP Statute of the Great State of Texas.