LEDC sues company over water pumping

The Levelland Economic Development Corporation sued a Midland company Tuesday, asking that it no longer pump groundwater from the Levelland Industrial Rail Park.

The suit filed in 286th District Court seeks temporary and permanent injunctions against Chi Operating and its two related companies.

According to the lawsuit, the dispute involves the ‘unauthorized use of water’ for waterflood operations.

In August 2012, the LEDC director learned that Chi Operating was pumping water from an existing well in the park. But an oil and gas lease recorded in 2004 states that a company can use fresh water only if it drills a well at its own expense. The lease stated that, if a company is involved in secondary recovery operations, no potable water should be used and the water must come from non-fresh sources.

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