The Seguin City Council voted to approve a resolution opposing plans to build a new landfill in Guadalupe County about 12 miles east of Seguin.
The proposed dump site, which would be operated by Post Oak Clean Green, Inc., would be located directly over the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer recharge zone, which raised concerns about contamination from the dump seeping into drinking water supplies.
“Once one starts leaking, there's no way to determine where it comes from and all you're doing then is hoping there's not too much damage,” said Jim Watts, who attended Monday’s council meeting.
Jim Blackwell, the project manager for the proposed site, spoke briefly to council members at the meeting, reiterating that the new landfill would be state-of-the-art, and guaranteed that no contamination would leave the site.
Still, audience members remained skeptical, citing multiple Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reports of leaking landfills.
In the end, the council voted unanimously, with one member abstaining, to support the resolution, joining nine area water authorities, and the Guadalupe County Board of Commissioners in opposing the plan.
“I know people that have a lot of property say that this is my property and I can do what I want. And I respect those people. I just think we have to look at the big picture,” said Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies.
TCEQ will be weighing all public comments on the issue as they consider Post Oak’s land use permit application.