Every year the Fayette Power Project is responsible for:
55 Heart Attacks
760 Asthma Attacks
What you need to know about coal and the Fayette Power Project
The Fayette coal plant is destroying local farms, making people sick, and contributing to climate change. This plant is one of the largest and dirtiest coal plants in the country.
This 40 year old coal plant is owned by the City of Austin and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), a quasi-governmental agency. It imports coal from Wyoming, sending money out of Texas and leaving health-damaging pollution behind. This pollution has also contributed to the detriment of thousands of pecan trees throughout the region, hurting the local farmers, their orchards, and the way of life they have relied upon for generations.
The City of Austin now has an opportunity to change all that and put Austin on the course to a future without reliance upon this dirty coal plant. Farmers from Fayette County have banded together into the Texas Pecan Alliance, and together with a coalition of environmental groups in Austin they are putting pressure on the LCRA and Austin to make a plan for shutting down this coal plant and replacing it with energy efficient renewable energy. Austin is preparing to vote next year on the city’s generation plan for the coming decade. Join us and demand that Austin set a course forward that will free us from coal power and make us a truly progressive and visionary city. Click here to learn more about this plant.
Earlier this month a group of reporters, students, and activists visited the community around La Grange, TX near the site of the Fayette coal plant. Harvey Hayek, president of the Texas Pecan Alliance, showed us around the area and his own farm where he, and his forebears, used to grow pecan trees.