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Do Prairie Dogs Cause Groundwater Pollution?  

Of course not, but this is the reason given by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for ordering the city of Lubbock  to destroy an enormous colony east of town, one of the largest black-tailed prairie dogs colonies in the Southwest.

This June, TCEQ (formerly known as Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission) issued Lubbock an official Notice of Violation that claims:

“prairie dogs have been allowed to proliferate across the Lubbock Land Application Site (LLAS) to such a degree as to create conditions which could possibly lead to groundwater contamination.” 

Now the clock is ticking, and the extermination is set to begin.  In late September, 2002, TCEQ approved a plan to remove or destroy the estimated 50,000 prairie dogs.  TCEQ has approved the use of “chemical and/or concussive control” to exterminate the colony, an action that could be carried out by the end of this year!

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The prairie dogs are not safe yet - city leaders are still talking about destroying them. Click here for more details.

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