The sound of tambourines led me over to Building D, where I watched a protest unfold for ten minutes or so.
Here’s a little more background to the matter:
The group of protesters are mainly residents of Eagle Pass, Texas. They are protesting a water pollution discharge permit for Dos Republicas Coal Partnership, which is a Mexican-owned company that has a mine operation in Eagle Pass.
Basically, a water discharge permit would allow potentially contaminated mine
pit water, stormwater, and other coal mine wastewater to enter the creeks surrounding Eagle Pass. Eagle Pass is situated right on the U.S.-Mexico border, so contaminated waters would enter the Rio Grande as well.
The protesters were mainly shouting, “Clean air, clean water, justice for Eagle Pass.” It was catchy. I would say there were probably about 20 people there.
I will be watching the 9:30AM agenda this morning to see if the permit passes or not.