The Chalk Mountain Foundation still needs anyone interested to attend the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, commissioners meeting on June 30 in Austin to consider Slick Machines' rock crushing permit application.

The meeting is significant because commissioners could decide to approve the permit, deny the permit or move the permit to the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Attendees will not be allowed to speak at the meeting, but a large group would show that people in Somervell County care about the issue, Chalk Mountain Foundation member Darrell Best said.

 “The commissioners need to see that this issue is of interest to the entire community, not a narrow group of affected landowners,” he added.

Slick Machines also is operating a rock crusher across U.S. Highway 67 at Corky Underwood's property. The company applied for a "standard permit” there, which allows for rock crushing without going through the public comment process since the crushing takes place for a limited time for a limited amount of rock. The foundation also is fighting this permit application.

If you are interested in traveling to Austin to support its opposition to the permit, contact Best at 214-517-7789 or Officers also will be elected at the foundation's annual meeting during the week of June 21.