SANFORD - The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority is trying to stop an oil producer from using Ogallala water. CRMWA General Manager, Kent Satterwhite said the company, Petrosearch, wants to get oil from the ground by using what's called a water flooding operation in central Roberts County.
To get oil up, they'd have to use Ogallala, or underground, water. From a business standpoint, it's cheaper and efficient, but from CRMWA's standpoint, it's a waste of useful water. "We still think that it's very wasteful, because there is brine that's available at deeper levels," Satterwhite said. Lake Meredith is one source of water on the High Plains, and so is the Ogallala water.
Petrosearch did not return our calls. CRMWA says the issue will go before the Texas Railroad Commission during a hearing in June.