MPGCD divided on BlueRidge Farms production permit MPGCD divided on BlueRidge Farms production permit

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The Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District (MPGCD) Board met for their regular board meeting and public hearings on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

During the public hearings, the board approved a production permit for Bob Hayter and three production permits for the Mandujano brothers.

One of the three Mandujano brothers approved permits included a consolidated drilling/production permit for a property six miles south of Coyonosa and three miles west of FM 1776 in Pecos County. The well is projected to be 800-900 feet in depth and drilled into the Pecos Valley Aquifer for irrigation use.

After the four production permit approvals, the board went into a deadlock on approving a fifth production permit requested by the City of Fort Stockton (BlueRidge Farms).

The 10-well system is located on the City of Fort Stockton’s BlueRidge Farms approximately 27 miles west of Stockton, within Pecos County.

The purpose of this well system is for a combined use of public supply and industrial use and the City has requested 500 acre-feet a year from the Pecos Valley Aquifer.

Board members across the table quickly addressed City Water Attorney Mark Harral with concerns and many questions on BlueRidge Farms’ operational intentions.

Board vice-president John D. Dorris took issue with Harral’s explanation, saying, “Sounds like a lot of smoke and mirrors.”

Two board members motioned to deny the permit, but the motion failed with four opposed. With no motion passing, the board now has 60 days to make a ruling and will be put on the agenda for the next meeting February, 20.

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