As Karnes County begins to grow due to the blessings of the Eagle Ford Shale boom, many opportunities and obstacles lie ahead—many of you may already be aware of the injection well that was to be built inside the Karnes City extraterritorial jurisdiction.
This well was protested by a group of concerned citizens who stepped forward and unselfishly spent their personal monies to protest the injection site so that it would not be close to residents, churches, and a day care facility.
This battle ended in a victory with a 3–0, unanimous vote by the Railroad Commission of Texas.
This decision was based upon the lack of need for an injection well at this particular location, as there are six injection wells within a five mile perimeter.
This proposition to place the injection well at this location was not in the best interest of the community.
Fighting an injection well took a large amount of perseverance, but most will agree that protecting the integrity and safety of our county and city is well worth the battle.
The growth taking place in Karnes County will continue and as it does, new ordinances must be in place to get ahead of what is to come.
We are not against the oil companies or this continued growth in our county, but we must remain vigilant to protect our citizens and our land.
Reading the public notices found in the back section of the newspaper will help you all keep abreast of something that could end up popping up by you or your neighbors.
Staying alert and still allowing the county to expand in a safe and efficient manner will be the key to the continued success our county and city.
A huge thank you to our dear friend, Eric Opiela for leading us in Austin and for assisting us in the legislation process; this process helps to pass bills that will essentially affect the ongoing happenings down here in Karnes County.
We would like to thank the following individuals for their tremendous financial contributions to this case: Mrs. Lillian Lyssy, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Moy Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Roberto Ramirez, Mr. and Mrs. Trip Ruckman III, Randy Witte, Marvin Witte, Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Jonas, Mrs. Christine Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Kolodjzie, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Crews, and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll, Joe Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Love, and Mrs. Dorothy Franta.
Additionally, our city manager, Don Tymrak, who spoke during the hearing, which presented valuable information to the Railroad Commission of Texas and his efforts were quite instrumental in the decision the commission made.
Again, thank you to all who assisted and embraced this venture with us.
Dina Ramirez and