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Playing God

JOE C. TRUETT

in Grass

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258396
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520258396.003.0004
Playing God

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The Big Brown Steam Electric Station was built several miles east of Fairfield to generate electricity to feed into the Texas power grid that electrified homes, offices, and industries throughout the state. It was designed to be fueled by lignite—a low-energy version of coal to be mined near the station. This chapter describes landscape rejuvenation in the area. Once the coal was removed, the soil overburden replaced, and the land recontoured, revegetation commenced. Grasses, shrubs, and trees were planted and soon after, animals began to move through and recolonize. Reclamation failed when Texas Utilities returned the land to private hands and bulldozers razed the landscape at Big Brown.

Keywords: Big Brown Steam Electric Station; electricity; Texas power grid; lignite; coal; landscape rejuvenation; reclamation; Texas Utilities

Chapter.  1269 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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