When the City of Fort Stockton purchased the property known as Blue Ridge Farms nearly 20 years ago, it was for the expressed purpose of “securing a supply of drinking water for the future.” This reason was noted in The Pioneer, and by former Mayor Howard McKissack, when the taxpayers were asked to fund the purchase of this property.
Now that land is being used to pump water that could be used for drinking from the aquifer, sell it to fracking operations, where it will end up in a disposal well, never to be used for its intended purpose: drinking water.
I do not believe that this is what the taxpayers had in mind when this property was purchased.
I have written letters about the issue of destroying our good drinking water for fracking when other non-drinkable sources of water are available. Many of The Pioneer’s readers have come up to me and thanked me for bringing this matter to their attention.
But now it is time for those words to be put into action. I am asking that all citizens of Fort Stockton contact either Mayor Chris Alexander, or any members of the City Council and let them know that you do not support your city’s destruction of our drinkable ground water.
We cannot control the private enterprises that have flocked to Pecos County to sell good water to frack companies, but we sure don’t need our City or our taxpayer dollars supporting this practice.
Please call the City at (432) 336-8525, and politely ask that any water sold for fracking from our city lands come from the brackish Rustler or Capitan Reef formations.
I do not believe that there are bad intentions by our City Council, but that they are unaware of how damaging this practice is to our good water.
Just as Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of porridge, we are selling our good water to mortgage our future. In 20 years people will ask, “What were they thinking?”
I can only write so many letters.
The Mayor and City Council needs to hear from all of you, now.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Kirby F. Warnock