Austin, TX – Tuesday, October 22, Brigid Shea, Democrat for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2, released the following statement in response to today’s Travis County Commissioner Court’s 4-0 rushed vote for construction of SH45, before the environmental study is complete:
As a 25 year resident of Travis County, co-founder of Save Our Springs, SOS, and a former leader of Texas Clean Water Action, I was deeply disappointed in today’s vote to support the construction of SH45, the highway over the aquifer that feeds Barton Springs. The court acted on a critical issue for our community without a complete picture of the impact SH45 will have on the environment, traffic and our county budget.
As the only candidate for Commissioner in Precinct 2 to attend today’s vote I made clear where I stand. You don’t solve the problem of development over the aquifer by building more public infrastructure over our most sensitive watershed. It is an established fact this is one of the most sensitive watersheds in the state of Texas… this community has spoken in so many powerful ways to our elected officials and our entire community that it wants to protect the aquifer and Barton Springs. Votes like the overwhelming vote to pass the SOS ordinance and numerous bond elections to buy land over the aquifer and take it out of development. Today’s vote takes our community backward.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 22, 2013