Thursday, May 29, 2008

"The TTC-69 Tier I DEIS has failed to meet important environmental standards."

Farm Bureau says TTC fails environmental standards


Waller County News-Citizen
Copyright 2008

WALLER COUNTY - Local farmers and ranchers charge that the I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor Tier One Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has failed to meet important environmental standards.

David Groschke, Waller County Farm Bureau president, says that these failures are indicative of the problems that exist with the entire Trans-Texas Corridor.

"Because these environmental standards have not been met, the Texas Department of Transportation should seriously consider alternatives to its current model," Groschke said.

According to Groschke, there are three main reasons that the DEIS is flawed:

1. It limits its analysis to alternatives that fit the TTC '"vision'' of multimodal transportations corridor, despite the lack of traffic data that suggest a need for such a corridor, and that none of the Congressional enactments make any such suggestions for 1-69.

2. The DEIS makes no attempt to analyze the potential environmental impacts that an 1-69 multimodal corridor as compared to simply upgrading existing rights of way.

3. The DEIS has also largely ignored the potential impacts to natural resources, including agricultural land, from the construction of a new 1-69 corridor.

"We encourage all of our members to let the Texas Department of Transportation know how the feel about this, especially since it has to the potential to so negatively impact our industry," Groschke said.

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