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EPA postpones drilling in Hastings
After voicing his disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to drill exploratory test holes in Downtown Hastings, it seems the mayor has prevailed, at least for now.
That work was to begin Monday morning. But so far, the EPA has been a no show.
It seems a letter sent by Mayor Vern Powers to the EPA regarding their decision to drill those test holes was read.
This morning, though, all was quiet at the sites where they had planned to drill.
News 5 spoke with the mayor Monday morning. He says it appears the EPA is trying to figure things out.
Mayor Powers was informed late last week of the EPA's decision to drill exploratory test holes in downtown.
He then sent a letter to Governor Dave Heineman and the Department of Environmental Quality expressing his disappointment in their decision to drill.
News 5 also spoke with the governor, he said both sides are trying to work together to clear this issue up.
"I do understand that the Department of Environmental Quality is working with your Hastings Mayor to find a more reasonable solution and I think the EPA is going to back off that a little bit," Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.
It is not clear if or when the EPA will drill those test holes in Hastings.
The DEQ does have an access agreement to drill at eleven locations between 1st and 4th streets and between Burlington and Colorado Avenues.
City Administrator Joe Patterson expects the Mayor to speak with the governor regarding this issue sometime this week.
We will of course keep you updated on the outcome of their decision.
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