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Plant will shift Sugar Land away from reliance on groundwater

Construction of a $69 million surface water treatment plant is now under way in Sugar Land.

The plant, expected to be up and running in early 2013, will draw water from Oyster Creek to produce nine million gallons per day of drinking water.

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Deep-water work wins another OK

BHP Billiton receives permit to drill again at Shenzi field

The federal government on Friday told BHP Billiton it could resume a deep-water drilling project that was halted by the Obama administration's moratorium last year — the second work like it to be approved since that ban was lifted in October.

The permit will let BHP resume work on a well in its Shenzi field.

BHP Billiton Petroleum's application for a revised new well permit to drill is for Well SB201 in Green Canyon Block 653, approximately 120 statute miles from the nearest shoreline in Louisiana, south of Houma, La.

BHP first began drilling the well in 4,234 feet of water last February - two months before the blowout of the BP Macondo well that triggered the spill and spurred the administration's ban.

It is the second permit of its kind issued since the ban was lifted. The first, approved by the ocean energy bureau on Feb. 28, allows Noble Energy to drill a bypass well in its Santiago prospect 70 miles southeast of Venice, La.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the Noble Energy permit was likely the first of several to come soon. Salazar also told lawmakers he expected the initial permits would provide a "template" for future approvals and drilling applications.

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Soon-to-be-released statewide water plan may interest Texas, too

by Omer Gillham, Tulsa World Staff Writer

Ten years after Oklahoma approved a moratorium blocking water sales to Texas and other states, water officials are poised to release a statewide plan expected to guide water use and conservation for the next 50 years.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board will release the voluminous new plan this month in preparation for more public discussion scheduled to begin April 19, said Rudy Herrmann, board chairman from Tulsa.

The comprehensive plan represents five years of technical analysis and public input involving the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, U.S. Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute and various engineering firms. After the plan is released, public input will be gathered through 13 public meetings across the state, he said.

Herrmann said the plan will address water use for the public, the agriculture sector, hydroelectric plants and other entities throughout the state through 2060. The plan also will address the state's emergency needs during droughts.

The plan is a fluid outline that can be adapted to meet the state's needs for the next 50 years, Herrmann said.


Lubbock water treatment plant improvements to cost almost $6 million

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock is willing to spend nearly $6 million to improve its water treatment plant on the north edge of town.  The city will spend up to $1 million for SCADA or supervisory control and data acquisition; that's a fancy name for a computer automation system.

Then the city will spend up to $4.85 million for a system called flocculation and sedimentation.  The process uses electricity to make impurities stick to each other in the form of flakes that can be filtered out, leaving behind clean water.



Legislation may allow Texas to buy water from Oklahoma

In the latest twist in the Tarrant Regional Water District's four-year battle to obtain Oklahoma water, an Oklahoma state senator has introduced legislation to sell water to out-of-state customers.

The Oklahoma Water Center Act would create a state agency with "authority and duties relating to the transfer of water for use outside the state."

It would also give the give the new Oklahoma Water Center the mandate to develop "a fee schedule for the transfer of water apportioned to Oklahoma by interstate compacts outside the state."

The language was inserted into Senate Bill 741 last week by Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, as a floor substitute. It is still waiting to be heard by the full Senate.

Jim Oliver, the water district's general manager, said he wants to review the legislation before commenting but reiterated the district's desire to negotiate a water sale.

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