Martin Marietta Materials is proposing to use the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer to provide water for washing dust from rocks in a quarry currently under construction northwest of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The company plans to use limestone it obtains for its 300-acre quarry to make concrete rock, asphalt rock and base.
Because the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer is the source for much of Southeastern Oklahoma’s water, many residents are worried about the sustainability of their vital water resource. Tourists currently visit SE Oklahoma from all over our state, Arkansas and Texas to enjoy the water resources in that area. With our current drought of historic scale here in Oklahoma, I can't help but fear for our already under-protected rivers. Sadly, jobs aren't exactly in surplus in that part of the state as well.
According The Oklahoman, two federal agencies that originally objected to the plan have come to an agreement with the firm, apparently removing a potential hurdle for approval by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWB). -- Ada News
It would appear that the company has managed to convince the current administration in Washington D.C. to compromise on their enviromental policies. One can only imagine how difficult that must have been.
The Ada News has the full article: Ada Evening News, Ada, Oklahoma--New controversy brews over aquifer
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