Permit the Road Before the Mine

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 4, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Re: “Naked City” [News, Jan. 1]: When TXI first applied for a permit to mine sand and gravel in our Hunters Bend residential neighborhood, the plan called for a conveyor to move raw materials to an existing plant in Webberville. Now, because the conveyor would have required a variance hearing with citizen input, TXI has decided it instead wants to use FM 969 to move 710 trucks per day along an already dangerous stretch of road used by thousands of commuters. The people of Webberville and points east have not been informed or consulted about this 20-year project with its 3-mile death zone of truck traffic. The roadway improvements that TXI has promised to make in order to put 710 trucks out there with all those unsuspecting residents need to be permitted before TXI is issued a mining permit.
Richard Macdonald
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