By Justin Lofton
ADA — Oklahoma Department of Mines will be conducting a conference at Murray State College in Tishomingo regarding Arbuckle Aggregates, LLC’s application to open a rock quarry over Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.
Dick Scalf of Ada City Council and Ada Water Resources Board said several organizations have filed protests to the application.
“(Arbuckle Aggregates, LLC) has got an application in to put a rock quarry over the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer by the Mill Creek area,” Scalf said. “They’re wanting to drill several hundred feet into the Arbuckle-Simpson.”
Scalf said he will be attending the conference along with several members of the AWRB and Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer. He said the Chickasaw Nation would also be represented at the conference.
“This is a meeting being conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Mines. They’re the ones who issue the permits. This is kind of a hearing to listen to protestors of the permit,” he said.
Scalf said there are around 300 protestors, so far.
“We’re concerned about the effect it would have on the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer. When you dig down into the aquifer that deep, you’re going to hit the water table and they have to pump the water out to mine the rock,” he said.
Among the springs Scalf said protestors are concerned about are Pennington Creek, Tishomingo’s water supply, and the springs in the Chickasaw National Recreation area.
“It could even have an effect on Byrds Mill Spring,” Scalf said.
He said lowering the water table would effect both surface and ground water.
The conference will be held at Murray State College’s Fletcher Auditorium in Tishomingo on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m.