Group files suit to stop Texas toll road

| 12/5/2005

An environmental group is suing the Texas Department of Transportation in a bid to stop a toll road project in the San Antonio area.

A group calling itself Aquifer Guardians in Urban Areas, or AGUA, filed the lawsuit Friday, Dec. 2, The Associated Press reported.

The group charges that the state did not conduct a necessary environmental impact study before it began the project the week of Nov. 27.

Part of the planned toll road would run over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone located north of the city.

While the state did perform an environmental assessment of the project in 1984 as well as re-evaluations of the assessment in 2000 and 2004, the environmental group said that is not enough.

The group is calling for an environmental impact statement, which it says is more in-depth than the environmental assessment conducted by the city, according to The AP.