A Water Rights Task Force made up of members from the Osage Congress, the Chief’s Office and employees of the Nation is working on developing a water plan for the Nation.
The task force, chaired by Congressman Geoffrey Standing Bear, is made up of Congressman Daniel Boone, Congresswoman Maria Whitehorn, Executive Adviser to the Principal Chief Debra Atterberry, ON Attorney General Jeff Jones, Asst. AG Clint Patterson, Osage Minerals Councilman Andrew Yates, Environmental and Natural Resources Director Jann Jones, ENR employee Matt Allen and Strategic Planning and Grants Management Director Jennifer Tiger.
To date the task force has visited the Citizen Potawatomie Nation to speak with officials on how they created their water plan.
A company out of Houston, Texas, Select Energy Services, LLC, approached the Nation on developing a water plan. According to Businessweek.com, Select Energy Services “provides water solutions and well-site services to energy producers in North America. It offers water sourcing, water transfer, containment, well testing, water treatment, fluid handling, and disposal services. The company also provides well site construction, field services, pipeline construction, accommodations and rentals, well servicing, fishing and rental tools, and heavy haul and logistics services. It serves oil and gas industry in the United States and Canada. The company has a strategic alliance with Water Rescue Services. Select Energy Services, LLC was incorporated in 2006.”
At a Feb. 11 Osage Nation Energy Services, LLC board meeting, Atterberry told the board that Select Energy Services had approached the Nation’s ENR department and offered to pay for a $2.9 million U.S. Geological Survey of Osage County to investigate the hydrogeology and water availability for the Nation. She said the company wanted to pay for the survey, staff the operation with tribal members and after a period of testing and studies, leave the Nation with the water plan.
The ONES board said they would look further into the proposal and contact the task force. All ONES board members, Jill Jones (chair), Randy Standridge, Charles Hessert, Mark Simms and Eddy Red Eagle liked the idea.
The next meeting of the Water Rights Task Force is March 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Osage Nation Congressional Chambers.