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Monday, June 18, 2007

Under Pressure from Citizens, EPA to Provide Water for Oil and Gas-polluted Rural Community

East Texas Environmental Justice Hero Wins Long Battle for a Clean Drink of Water
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.

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Travel to other worlds ... UTA Planetarium

Immersive full-dome 3-D Digital planetarium show narrated by Ewan McGregor (Obi wan Kepobi from Star Wars) - Astronaut takes you exporing the worlds of inner and outer space. The movie is projected all around you. You recline in specially constructed chairs which enables you to comfortably view the immersive full-dome planetarium show. Astronaut! (produced from the National Space Centre in England) goes beyond the stereotypical space movie. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of the astronaut. Float around the international Space Station moving thorugh the microscopic regions of the human body! Discover the beauty and perils as "Chad", the test astronaut experiences everything thrown at him.

Summer Schedule (June 2-August 26):


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Wed. through Saturdays at 11 a.m.
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Cosmic CSI

shows at the UTA Planetarium 3-D Digital Dome.

Wed. through Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Rock Hall of Fame 1 (The Original)

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Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

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Call 817 272-1183 or e-mail planetarium@uta.edu