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This is 'the pits'
By CORE (Citizens Organizing for Resources & Environment)
Feb 25, 2017
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FACT:  Considerable sand mining is going on in Fannin County now and will continue for years to come.  A sand mining company/industry must first obtain a permit from the TCEQ (TX Commission for Environmental Quality).  Once that permit is obtained, the sand mining company has no obligation to reclaim the property it mined.  Thus, large crater-like holes can be left on whatever property is mined.

The Sand Mining Task Force of CORE (Citizens Organizing for Resources & Environment), www.texomaCORE.org, has drafted a Legislative Bill to be submitted to our legislators that would require TCEQ to mandate reclamation be done. A delegation will present this to our legislators, requesting that they sponsor this Bill during the  2017 Legislative Session. Legislators from other Districts can also co-sponsor such a Bill.

If you are in favor of the Legislators from our District sponsoring this Bill,, please contact them ASAP by calling the following contact numbers:

Senator Bob Hall--  (512) 463-0102 in Austin; (903) 454-2880 in Greenville
Representative Larry Phillips-- (512)463-0297 in Austin; (903) 891-7297 in Sherman