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San Antonio Water Controversy #253088

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 11, 1977
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(Studio) Water can be object of dispute between envts. and developers.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(San Antonio, Texas) Because San Antonio, Texas, sits atop Edwards Aquifer, porous layer of rock which traps rainwater, water is some of cheapest and purest in country (Water district film shown.) As city grows, fears of damage to water supply also grows. [Aquifer Protection Association spokesperson Faye SINKIN - says if aquifer is paved and roofed over, there's danger of losing quantity and quality of water.] [Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Jim DEMENT - says San Antonio can't run out of water if area develops because it's .6% of total area of aquifer.] City cncl.'s attempts to halt development for 18 mos. is overturned in 2 courts Property owners who want to develop land file lawsuits. [Developers' attorney Seagal WHEATLEY - says developers have bought property in good faith and are now being deprived of use of it.] [Citizens for Public Service spokesperson Father Albert BENEVIDES - cites elements that might be introduced to area and could get into water.] [DEMENT - notes it's part of national problem of environmental versus development] San Antonio's growth noted; unofficially, it's said to have passed Dallas and be second only to Houston in size.
REPORTER: Don Webster

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Webster, Don
Duration:
00:02:40

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