By Donna Hoffman - The Sierra Club - June 15, 2007
East Texas Environmental Justice Hero Wins Long Battle for a Clean Drink of Water
(Austin/DeBerry, TX) - The citizens living on County Road 329 near the Louisiana border in Panola County, Texas can finally, reasonably expect a drink of clean water after Reverend David Hudson won a big victory yesterday in his four-year battle to help his community recover from oil and gas waste disposal.
Documentation of complaints from community members date back to 1996 and span through recent years when Reverend Hudson's claim of negligence by one company, Basic Energy Services, was dismissed by the Texas Rail Road Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
"After four years of bureaucratic nightmares, Reverend David Hudson's application of law is finally going to pay off," said Donna Hoffman with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. "There are many cases all over Texas where oil and gas companies are causing environmental ruin through irresponsible waste disposal. Reverend Hudson has led the defense and wins the prize for never being silent."
Hudson, a participant in the Sierra Club's Environmental Justice program, has communicated with the Lone Star Chapter since 2005.