Oil company proposes using Lake Alan Henry water - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Oil company proposes using Lake Alan Henry water

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock will consider a deal to sell water from Lake Alan Henry to a company called Citation Oil. The item comes up for discussion Thursday before the Lubbock Water Advisory Commission, which in turn will make a recommendation to City Council.

City of Lubbock Director of Water Resources Aubrey Spear says he does not think the oil company plans to use a controversial practice called "fracking" also known as hydraulic fracturing. However, he still plans to suggest the Commission and the City Council to say ‘no' to the deal.

Spear said, "If there's no real compelling reason for us to sell water to them then that would be our recommendation - not to sell any water out of Lake Alan Henry."

"That's good news," said Councilman Victor Hernandez when hearing that Spear would recommend not taking the deal.

Hernandez was on record earlier this year as saying the City should only sell water for life-sustaining activity. He repeated that idea Monday in an interview for KCBD.com. "Right now is one of the worst times to consider selling water for anything other than life."

According to the Texas Water Development Board, as of Monday, Lake Alan Henry was at 78% percent capacity, much better than most other lakes in Texas. The city will not fully utilize water from Lake Alan Henry for tap water until August 20. Until that date, Lubbock citizens are still under Stage 2 water restrictions.

Hernandez said, "Based on our drought conditions … I'm really pleased with the staff recommendation. I would urge our water commission to follow the recommendation."

Hernandez said, "Water is becoming such a scarce commodity. Even Texas is thinking about changing the allocation of water."

The deal, if approved, is for 175 acre feet, which Spear describes as "a very small amount." Spear says no specific price has been mentioned.

The proposal from Citation Oil is not related to a deal between Four Sevens and the City of Lubbock for the use of wastewater – a deal which has caused some recent controversy.

An attempt to reach an authorized spokesperson for Citation Oil on Monday was not successful.

Copyright 2012 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Shooting survivors on potential collision course with Trump

    Shooting survivors on potential collision course with Trump

    Saturday, February 17 2018 11:00 PM EST2018-02-18 04:00:42 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 12:56 PM EST2018-02-19 17:56:35 GMT
    Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.
    Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.
  • The Latest: State senator says gun legislation is on the way

    The Latest: State senator says gun legislation is on the way

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:11 AM EST2018-02-19 13:11:45 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 12:55 PM EST2018-02-19 17:55:53 GMT
    The couple who took in the Florida school shooting suspect after his mother died says he told them he was sorry after the shooting.
    The couple who took in the Florida school shooting suspect after his mother died says he told them he was sorry after the shooting.
  • US women back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

    US women back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

    Monday, February 19 2018 1:33 AM EST2018-02-19 06:33:27 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 12:55 PM EST2018-02-19 17:55:23 GMT

    The United States will play Thursday for the gold medal that has eluded them for nearly two decades after beating Finland 5-0.

    The United States will play Thursday for the gold medal that has eluded them for nearly two decades after beating Finland 5-0.

Powered by Frankly