Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer trial date set

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. – The state of Oklahoma is trying to keep a Texas-based mining company from pumping more water from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer.

The State Attorney General's Office plans to enter a civil case against Martin Marietta Materials to defend the constitutionality of a law banning water transfer from the aquifer in Johnston County.

Last year the Oklahoma Water Resources Board granted the company a permit to remove close to 90 million gallons of water from the aquifer.

The company asked for five times that much and is now questioning whether the board had authority to grant or reject the permit.

The trial is set to begin June 5th.


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  • by Gary Location: Loco on Apr 18, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    It is just like a big corpation. You set rules and they then don't want to go by them. They think that they are above the rules set down. Don't care about the water supplies that we have. We could run out and they would just pick up and move somewhere else. We need our water.
  • by SHARON CALDWELL Location: TUSHKA, OKLAHOMA on Apr 18, 2007 at 01:12 PM
    I don't think the Oklahoma Water Resources Board should have issued the permit to begin with. I am against water being pumped from Oklahoma aquifers for out of state business use or for any other out of state uses. The level of water in Oklahoma aquifers effects everyone in the state. Water is a precious commodity and should be held in highest esteem above all other resources.
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