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John Prager

Region: Blackland Prairie

Topics: Mining, Lignite, Energy, Groundwater

Mr. Prager worked during his career for the Air Force and the University of Texas. As a volunteer and retiree, however, his focus has been on protecting the lands and waters near his home in Elgin, Texas, east of Austin. Known for his careful and insightful research, Mr. Prager has been particularly active in working with the Central Texas Lignite Watch, Fayette County Resource Watch, and the Bastrop County Environmental Network, in challenging a variety of lignite stripmining proposals for Powell's Bend, Cummins Creek, and Camp Swift. He has also been involved in opposition to central Texas projects to reuse the Longhorn oil pipeline as a gasoline conduit, to construct bullet trains, dams, incinerators and power plants, and to receive sewage from Austin and sell water to San Antonio. More recently, he's been on the track of state-record size trees in his beloved Bastrop County, having already found immense, record-breaking black locust and American elm.



October 17, 2003
Rosanky, Texas
Reels 2265, 2266, and 2267

Please see a brief Real Media video excerpt from our interview with Mr. Prager.

Please see the uncut video (reels 2265, 2266, and 2267) or the  transcript of Mr. Prager's full interview.






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