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In East Texas, a town fights to keep an oilfield waste dump from opening near wetlands and water wells

The Texas Railroad Commission has rejected the proposal twice over water contamination concerns, but locals are dismayed that the commissioners keep giving the developer more chances to alter its application.

Janet Ritter, a local cattle ranch owner, points to the planned dump site illustrated in McBride's permit application on Jan. 19, 2023.
A truck transports lumber along a highway near Paxton on Jan. 19, 2023.

Dumping in East Texas

“Trying to protect our water”

Water flows in Cypress Creek, which originates on the proposed dump site, in Paxton on Jan. 18, 2023.
A mound of sandy soil at the proposed dump site in Paxton on Jan. 18, 2023.
A cabin and windmill seen from Highway 84 in Paxton on Jan. 19, 2023.
Two wells of the Paxton Water Supply Corporation sit about 1,000 yards away from the proposed dumpsite on Jan. 18, 2023.

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