Dirty Days Ahead?
TCEQ approves permit for TXU's Oak Grove coal power plant in Robertson County, about 100 miles from Austin
Austin Mayor Will Wynn urged commissioners to deny the permit Wednesday. He had plenty of company, including representatives of Dallas and Houston, counties, school districts, and conservation groups, in addition to all of the state's environmental groups. Representatives of several nearby rural towns spoke in favor of the permit, including Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill, who revealed last year during testimony that the pro-coal group he headed up, Texans for Affordable Reliable Power, was partially funded by TXU.
Robertson County Our Land Our Lives, a prominent community group representing citizens living near Oak Grove, has said it will appeal the TCEQ decision and likely file suit in state district court. Perhaps ripe for adjudication is the fact that Oak Grove's air-quality permit was rushed through the TCEQ's review process under Perry's controversial 2005 executive order fast-tracking coal-plant approvals, which was overturned in state district court in February.