New county commissioners bring new faces to Green Group fight
The citizens of Caldwell County will have to watch county commissioners even more in 2019 after Green Group friendly candidates were voted on to the Caldwell County board of commissioners.
Hoppy Haden defeated Alfredo Munoz for the county judge seat, which could lead to more votes Green Group’s favor. Haden may say he is against Green Group’s proposed landfill but his past actions say otherwise. During his time as Precinct 1 Commissioner, Haden voted to end the county’s legal fight against the dump. He also had secret meetings with Green Group while the County was fighting the garbage dump in court.
See the evidence for yourself on how Haden has worked behind the scenes to bring Green Group’s landfill closer to fruition. See the in-depth investigation into Green Group here.
Citizens against Green Group received another blow when BJ Westmoreland was voted into office ahead of Ida-Reyna Magallanez for the Precinct 1 Commissioner seat. In the past, Westmoreland has refused phone calls and comments related to the landfill. Magallanez meanwhile stated she would defend the ordinance keeping the dump from being built in the county, if it would protect the citizens. With Westmoreland in office, it’s unknown if Green Group has another ally or if citizens can rely on Westmoreland to do the right thing for them.
County residents may have a victory in the Precinct 2 Commissioner’s seat after Barbara Shelton defeated Eddie Moses, who supported Green Group’s landfill. While Shelton has not returned multiple phone calls and requests for comment on the landfill, Moses has said he believes Green Group’s permit is grandfathered in because two parts were filed before the siting ordinance took effect. Moses voted in favor of ending the county’s legal fight against Green Group in 0217.
Joe Roland has been the lone voice fighting against the dump in Commissioner’s Court. He won re- election for the Precinct 4 Commissioner’s seat, defeating challenger Jerry West, who didn’t believe the dump would still be an issue in 2019.
How the influx of new county commissioners in Caldwell remains to be seen. Haden’s return and Westmoreland’s ascension as County Commissioner could mean an invasive landfill is coming to Caldwell, if citizens don’t keep up the fight.
Green Group ends landfill pursuit in Waller County. Here’s hoping they end it in Caldwell County, too
In a battle echoing David vs Goliath, an advocacy group in Waller County stopped Green Group from building a landfill that could have destroyed the environment.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw our continuing challenges on the action of TCEQ regarding our permit for Pintail Landfall,” David Green, president of Green Group Holdings, said in a June press release. “We have come to this decision after multiple conversations with stakeholders, our project team, and other leaders including Senator Lois Kolkhorst.”
Waller County Judge Trey Duhon, who campaigned against the landfill in recent years, called the decision “an amazing victory for the citizens of Waller County” in a June 25 Facebook post.
“Waller County always gets underestimated in these situations… I’m so proud of everyone for never wavering and being committed to protecting our county and especially our water!”
The fight against the landfill was spearheaded by Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead, a group similar to Expose Green Group. Texas Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R – Brenham) praised CALH. “This landfill has finally been defeated because of the unwavering support of a citizen group who banded together to launch a self-funded legal battle against a corporate giant," said Kolkhorst in a release. "This is truly a great day for Waller County and goes to show that the people’s voice still matters."