Luminant rep says "no plans" to drain lake

Fairfield Lake was built in the 1970s as a way to cool the Big Brown Power Plant. Big Brown closed in February 2018.
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Rumors that Fairfield Lake will be drained have thrived with the February 2018 closing of Big Brown, but a representative with Luminant says the rumors are not true.

“I hope I can clear up some misinformation,” said Meranda Cohn, Director of Media Relations with Vistra Energy, in an email interview. “No, there are no plans to drain the lake.”

Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, closed the location after dropping natural gas prices forced the company to shut down the mine. Big Brown is currently still being decommissioned.

Cohn said Luminant owns the 1,800 acres of Fairfield Lake State Park and has leased it to Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) since 1971. The lease with TPWD will be up in October 2020. Luminant is currently entertaining bids and an evaluation has begun on future uses for the property. The company is also terminating its side of the lease, which is the reason for selling the property.

“The evaluation showed that there is adequate

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