TX Water Protectors say NO to Corruption at TPWD

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife 4200 Smith School Road Austin, TX, 78744 United States

Kelcy Warren is a pipeline billionaire, Energy Transfer Partners CEO, and man behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, Comanche Trail Pipeline (El Paso), and Trans-Pecos Pipeline (Big Bend). After donating $700k to Governor Greg Abbott's campaign, Warren was rewarded with a seat on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission - a commission that is in part responsible for regulating pipelines in our state parks! 

Warren has vowed to continue constructing his pipelines despite widespread public and government opposition.

Come rally and speak at the next public meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in solidarity with Native peoples in protecting our land and water from pipelines and fossil fuel development. 

WHAT: TX Water Protectors say NO! to Kelcy Warren on TPWC
WHEN: Thursday, March 23rd 8:00 AM
NOTE: The TPWC meets March 23rd for a commissioner's meeting that is open to the public at 9 am. Bring noisemakers, friends, and family! 
WHERE: 4200 Smith School Rd Austin, TX 78744 (Texas Parks & Wildlife HQ)

Sign and share this petition to get corruption OUT of TPWD: sc.org/fuerawarren

Some of our most treasured natural spaces in Texas - Balmorhea & San Solomon Springs, Big Bend, the Rio Grande River, and South Padre Island - are under attack by the fossil fuel industry.*

We need people to defend our water sources. The sacred springs of Texas have nurtured the people of this land for thousands of years. Currently only 6 percent of Texas lands remains in public hands - these places should not be given away for corporate exploitation and the export of fossil fuels, putting money into the pockets of those who want to exploit our land.

The political economy of Texas is corrupt - it’s rooted in a millionaire class that is exploiting our public land for their private gain. The TPWD mission is severely undermined by the practice of using public lands for resource extraction such as oil drilling, gas fracking and energy transport pipelines. 

Boards and commissions that are supposed to be in charge of preserving the public good are instead appointed by our Governor Greg Abbott for their own professional corporate interests.

Our waters are currently under threat. It’s time to take a stand and speak out against the fossil fuel destruction and corruption of our lands, water, air, and democracy in Texas.

*Balmorhea & San Solomon Springs are threatened by Apache Corporation’s oil & gas drilling near Balmorhea State Park. Big Bend is threatened by Energy Transfer Partners; Trans Pecos Pipeline. The Rio Grande River is threatened in Eagle Pass by the Dos Republicas Coal Mine and in El Paso County by Energy Transfer Partners’ Comanche Trails Pipeline. South Padre Island is threatened by proposed massive export terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Houston Chronicle Story
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2016/10/10/texas-parks-department-admits-it-never-studied-impact-of-oil-drilling-on-balmorhea-springs/

Profile of Kelcy Warren
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-05-19/pipeline-billionaire-kelcy-warren-is-having-fun-in-the-oil-bust

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Spends Millions to Influence Elections
https://www.popularresistance.org/dakota-access-pipeline-builder-spends-millions-to-influence-elections/