As many of you are aware, over the course of years we’ve seen the flow in Mill Creek fall dramatically. While as of now we have been unable to definitively determine the cause for the loss of flow, we feel confident that this reduction can be directly attributed to the increased mining activity along the creek. The minimal flow that Mill Creek currently has provides domestic use for our neighbors who live in the area.
As you also are aware, CPASA is currently protesting another large-volume stream water permit for Arbuckle Aggregates. CPASA has requested that Arbuckle Aggregates' stream water permit be conditioned, allowing them to have their fully requested allocation but only to take the withdrawal when the base flow allows for those domestic users in the area to continue to protect their water source.
We now have yet another stream water permit application, this one filed by Ashby Investments, LLC, requesting 1,200 acre-feet for mining activities at the Ashby Blue Sky Quarry.
CPASA has filed an official protest to the Ashby application with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and will be seeking the same conditions for this permit request as we are seeking for Arbuckle Aggregates. We encourage anyone who may be adversely affected by this large withdrawal without conditions to file an individual protest.
For those of you wishing to file a protest to the Ashby application, we've attached a form which outlines all the necessary information that must be included in your protest in order for it to be valid. This can be downloaded and printed by clicking on the links below.
These protests are due at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board by Monday, June 17th, at 5:00pm. They can be faxed to (405) 530-8800 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since there is little to no information readily available from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board about the process for protesting an application, the information below is meant to help individuals who want to protest but need more information to do so.
1. Due to the quickly approaching deadline to protest, the letter of protest should be sent to Mary Nell Brueggen at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board by email at email@example.com or by fax at (405) 530-8900.
A copy of the protest must also be sent to Ashby. It can either be faxed to (972) 612-2130 or mailed to the address below:
Ashby Investments, LLC
ATTN: William Rapier
2700 Mendocino Circle
Plano, TX 75093
2. Include your name, mailing address, and email address (if applicable).
3. You should identify that you are wishing to protest the following application:
Ashby Investments, LLC; Application No. 2019-0005
4. You should briefly summarize your concerns. This will be personal to each of you. It could range from a specific concern about your ability to have adequate water supply for your property to a general concern that the operations will impact the flow in Mill Creek and negatively affect the surrounding area. Describe as much as you can about how the permit would affect you.
Once again, we so appreciate our members for their continued, dedicated commitment to seeing that the Arbuckle-Simpson will remain the treasure that we all love.
Amy Anne Ford