1930’s plea to protect Trinity waters from oil pollution – Arlington Journal

Thanks to Troop 68 for posting this string of Arlington Journal news articles on their link as this troop is 86 years strong here in Arlington!

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Craig (DOC) Poindexter is a former 40 year Scout Master with Troop 68 in Arlington TX. He is still extremely active and vital to this troop even after conquering cancer recently..what a community hero. Speaking of hero’s, below is a letter from 1930 where someone had the wherewithal of mind to challenge big oil and gas.

       POLLUTION OF TRINITY RIVER SHOULD BE STOPPED

            Arlington, Texas, March 13, 1930

To the Arlington Journal:

            I would like to ask for information through your paper, if you please.  The questions I ask are to any one who can and will answer them.

            Is there a law to prevent the pollution of the streams, small or great, in the state of Texas?  If so, as I understand there is, why is the Trinity river allowed to be polluted to the extent that one is almost overcome with the awful smell when within one or two miles of the river?  That is not the worst of it; fish can not live in the Trinity as the oil and other filth is continualy allowed to run in it seemingly without any restriction.

            Once in a while we read a hint that it will be seen after and the filth prohibited from being allowed to go into the river but it seems nothing is expected to be done about it.

            I would like to know why this important matter has not been seen after before now and I would like to know who is responsible for allowing this river to remain in the present condition?

            Recently I met two officers of the law and asked them this question �Why has the Trinity river been allowed to get in its present condition?�  One of them replied it could not be helped as there was too much money at the back of it.  Now is it possible that this is a fact?  Because moneyed men desire for their convenience to pollute this stream, it has become almost unbearable and kills all the fish that come up the river as fast as they get here.

            It occurs to me that moneyed men are in a better position to take care of their troubles than the poorer class and should be required to do so.  I think the officer who fails to discharge his duty because he is afraid of the moneyed men should be held accountable for this neglect of his sworn duty to the people.

            Now if there is a law against this matter let�s have it obeyed.  If this law is not enforced why should anyone obey any of the laws if they are only for the poor?

            Yours very truly

W. B. Milburn.”


I have posted about the sad condition of the fish in Lake Arlington. Become informed and active in your community…t o d a y !

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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