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The citizens of Eagle Pass and Maverick County, Texas have been opposing and fighting against the opening of the Eagle Pass open pit coal mine for over 24 years because of the potential contamination of their sole source of drinking water, the Rio Grande River, the pollution of their air, increase public health diseases such as Cardio-Pulmonary and Cancer, the tremor to be caused by mine explosives, the coal dust from the daily 150 railroad coal cars used to export the coal into Mexico, the destruction of habitat and extinction of federally endangered cats such as the Ocelot and Jaguarundi, the destruction of Native American archaelogical and burial sites within the mine permit area, the potential contamination of the Rio Grande River for downstream users on the Texas-Mexico border, and many others.
Dos Republicas Coal Partnership denies these allegations and has stated that they plan to abide by all local, state, and federal coal mining laws.
Maverick County is one of the poorest counties in Texas and United States with over 95% of its population being Mexican-Americans and among the highest poverty rates, representing the classic environmental injustice scenario.
On January 29, 2013 Dos Republicas Coal Partnership were granted a permit to develop, construct, open, and operate an open pit coal mine on the banks of Elm Creek, a direct water tributary of the Rio Grande River, in Eagle Pass, Maverick County, Texas. Then on MARCH 27, 2014, in Austin, Texas, the appeal of the City of Eagle Pass, County of Maverick, Maverick County Hospital District, Maverick County Environmental and Public Health Association, and George Baxter against the Texas Railroad Commission’s were DENIED split 2-1 decision to grant the controversial coal mining permit on the United States-Mexico border.