Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Central Arkansas Water cited for environmental concerns

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

NOT GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: At water pump station construction site.
  • NOT GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: At water pump station construction site.

Embarrassment for Central Arkansas Water. Rural residents of the Lake Maumelle watershed, bitterly opposing new land use rules meant to protect the water supply, say the water utility is a big hypocrite because a contractor building a pump station for the utility was cited for failure to clean up a small oil spill fast enough and for concrete washout on surrounding area.

Gotcha, CAW. Channel 4 reports here.

Much preaching about the violation at the Quorum Court meeting last night, part of the orchestrated effort by Perry County residents, with support from Deltic Timber and Koch brothers-paid lobbyists, to foil land use rules for the watershed.

Here's the thing obscured by the noise. CAW screwed up, yes. Regrettable, yes. Perhaps they'll watch their contractors more closely in the future. But imagine a watershed unfettered by rules, with thousands of homes and businesses building new structures, fueling boats and cars, applying chemicals, disposing of waste. Imagine having to depend on a state agency that can't keep up with gas drilling, much less residential subdivisions and the individual actors in them, as the last line of protection over a water supply that serves hundreds of thousands of people.

A minor construction site problem — whether by CAW or not — is precisely an argument FOR watershed protection, not against it. The Bigelow bunch wants you to believe from this episode that there's no point regulating land use because people will just violate the rules anyway. This is the kind of thinking that says there's no point to regulate assault rifle weapon and ammo sales because, hey, criminals will just find a way to use them for mass slaughter anyway. It tells you a lot about the mindset of opponents, that's for sure.

UPDATE: Here's the full ADEQ finding. Pretty small potatoes, which doesn't excuse it, but ....

Tags: , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • In defense of Planned Parenthood and abortion rights

    An op-ed in today's New York Time by Katha Pollitt says what I've been struggling to say about the reaction to the attack on women's reproductive rights launched by means of the undercover videos made by anti-abortion activists.
    • Aug 5, 2015
  • Matt Campbell files ethics complaint against Dennis Milligan

    Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell, whose knack for deep research brought down Mark Darr, Mike Maggio and Dexter Suggs, now has his sights trained on another worthy target. Today, he filed a 113-page ethics complaint against state Treasurer Dennis Milligan that includes 14 separate allegations.
    • Aug 20, 2015
  • Rutledge refuses open records of fired trooper who now leads ABC enforcement

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge yesterday refused to allow release of records that explain the 2000 firing of Boyce Hamlet as a state trooper.
    • Sep 1, 2015

Most Shared

  • Home again

    The plan, formulated months ago, was this: Ellen and I were going to go to Washington for inauguration festivities, then fly out the morning after the balls for Panama City and a long planned cruise to begin with a Panama Canal passage.
  • Who needs courts?

    Not since the John Birch Society's "Impeach Earl Warren" billboards littered Southern roadsides after the Supreme Court's school-integration decision in 1954 has the American judicial system been under such siege, but who would have thought the trifling Arkansas legislature would lead the charge?
  • Bungling

    If the late, great Donald Westlake had written spy thrillers instead of crime capers, they'd read a lot like the opening weeks of the Trump administration.
  • UPDATE: Campus carry bill amended by Senate to require training

    The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.
  • Director to resign from state court administrative office

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp announced today the resignation of J.D. Gingerich, long-time director of the administrative office of the courts.

Visit Arkansas

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

Border Cantos is a timely, new and free exhibit now on view at Crystal Bridges.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation