The landfill that's nearly 10 years in the making may soon be in construction.
It was announced at the last Jacksboro City Council meeting that the Texas Supreme Court has denied the final appeal from groups opposing the IESI landfill south of Jacksboro.
IESI notified the City of Jacksboro that it has received the permit for the landfill and is in a position to keep the permit active with plans to begin construction once conditions allow.
The City also reported it has received its initial payment from IESI and believes the company will continue to meet all future financial obligations leading up to the initial construction and throughout the life of the project.
“As time went on, IESI obtained the permit. IESI was going to purchase the property but would give the city a percentage of tonnage. We get $1.50 per ton of garbage put in the landfill at a minimum of $150,000 per year. We originally owned the permit and as part of the agreement, IESI agreed to pay us over the life of the landfill. They're estimating 50 years.”
Smith said the money will go into the general fund and as next year's budget is built, council and staff will decide how to spend it. But Smith already has his ideas.
“We need to build our reserves,” he said. “We have very low reserves in our general fund so ideally, we would put some back in our reserves.”
Geologist Dr. James Henderson, vice president of the Two Bush Community Action group has been involved with trying to prevent the landfill's creation from the start.
“We think the TCEQ made an error in judgement by allowing this landfill to be placed on the outcrop of the Trinity Aquifer and there's another minor aquifer that provides water to people on the west side,” Henderson said. “We don't think they understood the geology.”
Henderson said the Two Bush Community Action Group is considering further action to stop the creation of the landfill. But by using a different argument.
He said when IESI applied for the application for the permit, it was stated there was no tectonic activity in the area.
“The earthquakes that they're having in Azle, there was supposed to be no tectonic activity,” Henderson said. “There are earthquake epicenters about the intersection of Jack, Palo Pinto and Parker come together. That denotes an underground fault.
“There's been several quakes at Azle and Springtown. When these faults move at Azle or Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain — they crack these people's foundations. It could damage the underpinning of the landfill.
“If there was a break in the clay liner and in the synthetic, polyethylene film to keep affluent from migrating down into the earth, if you get a quake movement and it doesn't have to be much you would create cracks in that. After these cracks were formed and the barrier for fluid migration was breached the contaminates would go into the water table and we are looking into that for a basis for further action.”
Read the entire article in the Jacksboro Gazette News, Mar 25