Geez. Brazos River's Water to be Sucked Out and Sold .. for GAS drillers (Granbury, Hood Co, TX)Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Geez. Brazos River's Water to be Sucked Out and Sold .. for GAS drillers (Granbury, Hood Co, TX)

21 August 2007 at 9:11:12 AM

I really, really hate reading this type of thing. On the one hand, you have conservation districts that are attempting to regulate in some fashion what is happening to water availability (Somervell opted out of the multi-county GCD that Hood, Parker, Wise and Montague formed a few months back). And it's tough because Oil and Gas is regulated by the Texas Railroad Commission, and not by, say, those water districts OR TCEQ. So they can do what they want with water and nobody trumps them. It's a big racket and frankly, I think the Texas lege is in on it or they would do something about it.

Anyway, I read this morning that a company, North Texas Living Water Resources, out of Granbury, is planning to pump water out of the Brazos for use by O&G. And not just temporary pipelines but permanent ones to the drillers. The owners, Gary and Floyd Dakil, and Jim Abt, say they're doing to recycle sometime in the future.. yuh-huh. Fountain Quail was mentioned but apparently NTLW didn't like the financial terms of a potential deal.(here's something I wrote previously about Fountain Quail).. Would be nice if somebody made them recycle water.. .NOW.

North Texas Living Water Resources, which recently gained the rights to almost 9 billion of gallons of water yearly from the Brazos River, expects to begin pumping it, initially in the Granbury area, to sell to gas-well drillers by year's end.

The huge contract comes amid heightened concerns over the use of water, especially groundwater, for natural gas drilling.

The company, based in Granbury, signed contracts with the Brazos River Authority in Waco for about 27,000 acre-feet of water per year, said Austin water attorney Lynn Sherman, the group's spokesman. An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.

That nearly 9 billion gallons would be enough to complete more than 2,500 natural gas wells at an average of 3.4 million gallons each. That's just about how many permits for new wells in the Barnett Shale were issued last year, according to the Texas Railroad Commission.

Sherman said drillers in the booming Barnett Shale in and around Tarrant County have three principal sources of water: groundwater, surface water and municipal water. Some water is used to drill the well, but by far the most water is used to fracture the gas-bearing rock by pumping millions of gallons into the well under high pressure.

"The majority rely on groundwater today, because there's not enough surface water" near most drill sites, Sherman said. And municipal water is extremely expensive.

But increasing demand for groundwater, both from the petroleum industry and a growing population, is producing calls for additional regulation, such as the local groundwater-conservation districts recently authorized by the Texas Legislature.

Historically, oil and gas producers have been exempt from local water regulation, Sherman said. "But as these exempted uses become significant and compete with municipal water supplies, there is beginning to be a political shift," he said. "I don't think they will forever be exempt."

Remember this. WE need to get legislation considered in the NEXT Texas session to change how O&G use water.

Some parties involved with water-conservation efforts said the prospect of reducing groundwater use is encouraging, but such huge withdrawals from the Brazos could create their own problems.

Larry Jones, an interim member of the fledgling Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District in Hood, Montague, Parker and Wise counties, said the water well that serves his Parker County home and nearby homes on the Brazos is being depleted by the growing demand.

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1 - marschall   28 Jul 2009 @ 9:43:37 AM 

And mean while Lake Whitney is almost 12 feet low,and the marinas are sitting in 2 feet of water. All the cor will say is tuff luck!

2 - marschall   28 Jul 2009 @ 10:05:49 AM 

And mean while Lake Whitney is almost 12 feet low,and the marinas are sitting in 2 feet of water. All the cor will say is tuff luck!

3 - Tim Kenney   26 Aug 2009 @ 12:55:17 PM 

We just bought a property on Lake Granbury just after Memorial Day.  We are in a great cove, with great neighbors.  We are hearing the same things...This is the first time in 7 years we have seen the lake this low.  Funny thing is, last time it was this low, we had record high temperatures over 100 degrees for over 90 straight days.  I stood on my dock during the last rain storm and watched the water level go up 3 inches...then down 3 inches...then up...then down.  This happened 3 times within a span of 30 mintes.  I saw a local cable channel with two guys from the BRA.  They were both very nervous, and made a very lame attempt at explaining why the lakes are low.  I NEVER would have bought a water front lake house on Granbury had I known about this.  As waterfront property owners, I at least think we should be entitled to some of the huge profits the O&G companies and the BRA are receiving by selling our lake water.  I would gladly attend any meetings or join any organization to help fight for the citizens of the lakes. 

4 - salon   26 Aug 2009 @ 2:10:34 PM 

@Tim-here's a good start-contact The Friends of the Brazos - the leader of this group said that BRA is attempting to gain control of 100 percent of the water rights for the Brazos River-I heard him say that in the last couple of months so I don't know what the status is now.

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5 - humanbeing   26 Aug 2009 @ 7:46:17 PM 

Tim, you might also want to check out the Granbury chapter of the Brazos River Conservation Coalition:

We Texans need to get real about the seriousness of the future of our water. It's THE most pressing issue we have, particularly with population projections for Texas expected to DOUBLE in the next 25-30 years. Something's going to have to change, neighbors. And Tim, the O&G companies are buying the water, not selling it. If we don't want them to use it, then we need to stop leasing to these companies. Also, owners of waterfront property don't own the water.

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