Montgomery County approved funding Monday to fight a federal lawsuit filed by a company attempting to build a controversial wastewater injection well east of Conroe.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Craig Doyal said after Monday's vote that the county will do "whatever we need to do" to defend the county and oppose the project, which the county and community opponents say will threaten Montgomery County's groundwater.
"We approved funding to defend the lawsuit and we will fight vigorously to continue to protect and preserve the water quality for all the residents in Montgomery County. That's a battle worth fighting," Doyal said.
"We will continue to stand our ground."
TexCom Disposal LLC filed suit in federal court in September, according to news reports, claiming Montgomery County deprived the company of its civil rights.
County commissioners Mike Meador, Craig Doyal, Ed Rinehart, James Noack, former commissioner Ed Chance and County Judge Alan B. Sadler were named as defendants.
County officials have said the lawsuit is merely an attempt at intimidation.
"They are trying to intimidate the court in order to better their position or to get us to allow them to have a permit to access their property," Doyal said.
The lawsuit claims the county denied TexCom's wastewater treatment building permit application. However, according to county officials, no one has submitted a permit for the building.
TexCom owns 27 acres near the intersection of FM 3083 and Jefferson Chemical Road, southeast of Conroe. Since 2005, TexCom has sought to build a wastewater treatment plant and operate a total of four Class I (hazardous or non-hazardous) injection wastewater wells on that site.
Area residents - led by Montgomery County officials - have contested TexCom's project, claiming the injection wells will spoil the county's groundwater supply.