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.
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