Brewster County Joins Water Debate

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

Tempers continue to flare in West Texas over Midland County's newest water district, but now it's more than just the City of Fort Stockton and Pecos County making a fuss.

It's only been two weeks since the Midland County Commissioners Court approved new fresh water district, just one hurdle, Texas oilman Clayton Williams had to jump before he can make his plan to sell water from his property in Pecos County to Midland County a reality.

Officials in Fort Stockton and Pecos County claim the plan will hurt them and other West Texas communities and now Brewster County is speaking up.

The Brewster County's Commissioners Court and the Groundwater Conservation District both sent letters to voice their concern with the new water district decision.

The Conservation District called it "reckless" and said it "is unfortunate and does not promote stewardship or groundwater resources in West Texas."

Brewster County Commissioners said the decision "will only generate more controversy and bad relations between Midland County and its rural neighbors."

Brewster County Commissioners went further and asked the Commissioners to reconsider their decision.

On Tuesday, Midland County Judge Mike Bradford stood by the Commissioners' actions and said their decision does not give Williams the go ahead to carry out his plan because his company still needs to receive a permit before it can transport the water.

Williams' attorney did not return NewsWest 9's calls to comment on the letters but in past conversations his camp said Pecos County would not be hurt if they start transporting water.