The Real Dirt


Why Location Matters

It matters where a company tries to put a landfill. It’s not just about the horrible smell or the devastating effect on property values. It’s about the plants, the animals and the water which all could be affected - especially if the landfill liner leaks. Appropriate soil conditions such as clay are necessary, not sandy soils or sandy loam soils as exist in the proposed location. This video gives you background.


Dump in the Water?

From the beginning, folks in Waller County argued the proposed Pintail Landfill would hurt the ground water. There was science behind their concern. Water deep in the ground was actually 7 feet closer to the surface that Green Group told the state it was. This was a game changer. Once busted, Green Group had to admit their landfill hole would put the dump in the water.

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Biggs and Matthews

When a company like Green Group tries to get approval for a landfill, they want the state to believe they have found the perfect location. In both Waller County and Caldwell County, Green Group used supposed experts from the very same company. Biggs and Matthews.

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Why didn’t Biggs & Matthews keep the dirt they tested? If litigation is involved, all parties would have the opportunity to check the validity of their work. You would think that would be a no-brainer, cuz the soil evidence is vital.

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So where's the dirt?

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(Dead air)

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Come on Green Group. Cough the dirt up!

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(Silence)

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Guess what?

The original samples were destroyed. Biggs and Matthews blamed it on their retention policy.

Pretty convenient don’t you think?

The Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead cried foul.

In Caldwell County they stated Biggs and Matthews does not have a retention policy.

Samples in Caldwell County were also destroyed, citizens also cried foul.

State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) judges ordered GGH to let the opposing side to conduct its own soil borings.

And they put Green Group and their consultants under oath.

Mike Snyder, P.G

Mr. Snyder is a Professional Geologist who works for Biggs and Mathews, the engineering firm hired by Green Group to test the dirt at the proposed Pintail Landfill site.

In his words...

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Stefan Stamoulis

Mr. Stamoulis is a self-employed, licensed Professional Driller. He was hired by Biggs and Mathews to drill the borings from the proposed Pintail Landfill site.

In his words...

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Ernest Kaufmann

Mr. Kaufmann is the President and CEO of Green Group Holdings, as well as 130 Environmental Park LLC. He was deposed in September of 2015 at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

In his words...

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Second Verse...Same As The First

In August of 2016, Professional Engineers, Geologists and other experts testified before the State Office of Administrative Hearings about their work on the proposed 130 Environmental Park landfill. After 10 days of testimony, we’ve learned that destroying dirt evidence is basically standard operating procedure for Biggs & Matthews, even when they’re instructed to keep it. We also learned that nearly everyone says that John Michael Snyder is responsible for some part of their job, and he was very rarely on the site to do his job. You can read through the testimony yourself by clicking on the links.

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In Caldwell County, the dirt is a problem again. Green Group says the ground is all clay…just perfect for a tower of trash. Of course the soil samples are gone.

That’s why folks in Caldwell County tested themselves… Surprise, surprise. The ground isn’t mostly clay, but all kinds of dirt, including the kinds that allow landfill runoff to leak into the Leona Aquifer.

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Read the Documents in the Contested Case file

Will Green Group go 0 for 2?

They should.

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