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Life Along the Banks: Saltwater Dam
Posted on Nov 21st, 2012
Phillips Petroleum Water Rights Application
PHILLIPS 66 COMPANY Sweeny Refinery & Petrochemical Complex; Application Number 13-3423A to amend Certificate of Adjudication Number 13-3423 pursuant to sec.11.122, Texas Water Code, and TNRCC Rules 30 TAC sec.sec.295.1, et seq. The Certificate authorized applicant to:
(A) maintain a saltwater barrier on the San Bernard River, Brazos-Colorado Coastal Basin, for the purpose of creating a pumping pool,
(B) maintain four off-channel reservoirs (referred to as Reservoir Nos. 1, 2, 3, and Markle Lake), and
(C) divert not to exceed 25,802 acre-feet of water per annum from the pumping pool at a maximum rate of 139 cubic feet per second to the off-channel reservoirs for subsequent industrial use at the Sweeney oil refinery approximately 20 miles southwest of Angleton, Texas in Brazoria County.
The time priority of the right to divert and use water and the use of Reservoir Number 1 is April 4, 1956.
The time priority for Reservoir Number 2 is May 25, 1964,
and the time priority for Reservoir Number 3 and Markle Lake is August 29, 1977.
The certificate also includes a special condition indicating that pumping operation must be conducted such that the water elevation in the pumping pool will not be reduced below mean sea level. In addition, the certificate includes a condition that allows use of stored groundwater in Markle Lake for subsequent diversion and use. Applicant is seeking to amend Certificate of Adjudication Number 13-3423 by increasing the amount of water authorized for diversion from the pumping pool from 25,802 acre-feet per annum to 32,000 acre-feet per annum. No other changes are requested in the application.
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
Filed: April 18, 2000
Notice of Water Rights Application
Notice is given that H & L NEW GULF INC, P.O. Box 686, Graham, Texas 76450, applicant, seeks to amend Certificate of Adjudication No. 3421-B, pursuant to 11.122 and 11.042, Texas Water Code, and Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Rules 30 TAC 295.1, et seq. Certificate of Adjudication No. 13-3421 was issued to Texas Gulf, Inc on February 7, 1985, and authorized the owner, with a time priority of September 13, 1928, to maintain an existing dam and reservoir on the San Bernard River and to impound therein not to exceed 2 acre-feet of water, to maintain an existing off-channel reservoir and to impound therein not to exceed 2150 acre-feet of water, and to divert and use not to exceed 20,000 acre- feet of water per annum from the San Bernard River, Brazos-Colorado Coastal Basin, at a maximum rate of 40,000 gpm (88.89 cfs) for mining purposes in the Seth Ingram Survey, Abstract No. 33, Wharton County, Texas. The certificate, as amended twice, includes mining, municipal, irrigation and industrial use of the authorized water.
The certificate, as amended, is currently owned by H & L New Gulf Inc., a Texas Corporation, Leonard Wittig Grass Farms., Inc, a Texas Corporation and Newgulf Power Ventures Inc. H & L New Gulf's share of the certificate, as amended, includes authorization to impound 1.74 acre-feet of water in the on-channel reservoir, to impound 1914.5 acre-feet of water in the off-channel reservoir and to divert not to exceed 17,400 acre-feet of water per annum at a maximum rate of 20,000 gpmfrom a specific point on the San Bernard River for mining, municipal and industrial purposes and into the off-channel reservoir for subsequent use.
Pursuant to a sales option agreement between the applicant and Phillips Petroleum Company, the applicant seeks authorization to amend the certificate: