Brazoria County Joins Opposition to Blue Ridge Landfill Expansion Plans

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by FortBendNow Staff, Jan 20, 2007, 10 19 am

The Brazoria County District Attorney's Office has been given authority to to participate in that county's opposition to a proposed expansion of Blue Ridge Landfill in Fort Bend County.

According to The Facts newspaper, Brazoria County Commissioners approved a resolution to that effect on Thursday.

Owned by Allied subsidiary Blue Ridge Landfill TX L.P., the landfill, at 2200 F.M. 521, is about a mile north of Fresno in Fort Bend County, just across 521 from Pearland and Brazoria County.

Allied has obtained a "draft permit" that, if made permanent, would allow the company to expand the landfill from its current 302-acre "waste footprint," where refuse is permitted to be piled up to 58 feet high, to 784 acres, with the right to pile refuse up to 170 feet high. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners will have to vote in favor of the project before any work can proceed.

Pearland City Council voted in December to oppose the expansion, after a presentation by opponents of Allied Waste's plans. Fort Bend County and Missouri City reached an agreement with the landfill's owners several years ago, which precludes them from officially opposing expansion plans.

Richard Morrison, an environmental attorney representing Coalition Against Blue Ridge Landfill Expansion, spoke to the Pearland council before the vote. He said he learned that the city eventually intends to treat water from Mustang Bayou and use it for drinking water.

No portion of the proposed footprint of the expanded landfill lies within the bayou's floodplain, but the southwest corner of the property is within its 100-year floodplain, Morrison said in written comments submitted to the TCEQ during a hearing in December.

Morrison has raised the possibility of barium leaking from the landfill, based on an incident Allied acknowledges in which a "statistically significant" increase in barium was discovered at one monitoring well at the existing landfill, in November 2005. Allied officials say they are convinced that the discovery was a natural occurrence.

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soon to build in Shadow Creek Ranch, Should I bail? Landfill s


Me and my wife are currently scheduled to begin building a house in Shadow Creek Ranch in the Arbor Lakes subdivision.  This is right before the Ft Bend line on 288.  In my constant pursuit to learn about the community we are moving into, I have come across an issue that now has me extremely concerned, the expansion of the Blue Ridge Landfill.  

After reading all of the articles I am seriously concerned about this issue being that I am moving into the most west part of SCR.  I have read a lot of articles opposing the landfill, but they seem to stop around Feb 2007.  Can someone tell me what has happened with this issue.  Did the expansion get denied or is it scheduled to start sometime in the future?  This could really  influence my decision on buying this house and if I decide not to, I prefer not to waste the builders time and effort either.  Please respond with factual data, as the speculation appears to go both ways on the forums I have read thus far.  Thanks 

Sep 02, 2007 01:09 PM #1
Charles Roberts

Bail.  Why would you want to move next to a Landfill large or small?

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