Triple PG Sand Mine Agrees to Stop Dredging Until Trial Next June
Triple PG Sand Development, LLC and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton agreed to a temporary injunction on Friday, November 25, 2019. The giant mine between Caney and White Oak Creeks agreed to stop dredging while it finds a way to engineer permanent fixes to its dikes. The dikes have breached repeatedly in numerous places. And the mine has left some breaches open for years.
Triple PG’s process wastewater has poured into the drinking water supply for two million people. The State is suing the mine for more than a million dollars.
Triple PG Trial Set for Next June
The judge has set the trial for June 22, 2020. That should give Triple PG time to engineer a fix. It should also give time a chance to test the repairs.
Terms of Triple PG Injunction
Read the full text of the agreed temporary injunction here.
Key elements of the agreement:
- No dredging.
- No discharges of process wastewater.
- Defendant must hydraulically isolate industrial waste with berms.
- Berms shall be constructed to halt influx of water from adjacent creeks.
- Defendant will hire a professional engineer to ensure berms prevent future discharges during rain events.
- Defendant agrees to comply with Texas Water Code 26.121 (unauthorized discharges).
- Make sure the berms work or reclaim the dredge ponds.
- Provide a proposed plan to TCEQ within 90 days.
Good News for East Fork Residents
All this represents good news for the people on Caney Creek and the East Fork. Recent storms have left both clogged with sand, at least some of which washed out of the mine.
Sand inundated thirty acres of East End Park for the second time in two years and destroyed about a mile of trails. Repair costs could exceed $80,000 for just a portion of the trails. KSA will abandon the Eagle Point trail permanently.
People directly south of the mine in Walden Woods should rejoice. They may finally get the protection from this mine that they should have had all along.
Reportedly, Triple PG is dry-mining frack sand and working down its stockpile to stay in business while it makes repairs.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 11/28/2019
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