Humboldt delays water deal



April 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — Sale of at least 32 million gallons of raw water a year for oil field use was put off by Humboldt Council members Monday night until they and City Attorney Fred Works have a firmer understanding of what the deal would mean.

Advanced Aquatics of Kansas proposed to purchase the raw water at $1 per 1,000 gallons for the next 20 years. Advanced Aquatics is a water broker that deals with oil companies. The water is used for hydraulically fracturing rocks, or fracking. 

Works said the company’s original proposal of 20 years was too long of a commitment, that the city should consider an agreement of three to five years with opportunities to renegotiate what was paid for the water. Also, he said an agreement should contain provisions for Advanced Aquatics to have a financial role in maintaining pumping equipment and roads, which could take a beating from heavy water trucks using them frequently enough to carry away millions of gallons of water.

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