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Tulsa company switches planned disposal well to Kansas

Tulsa-based CAVU Energy Services Inc. is dropping its bid to establish a commercial wastewater disposal well in Garvin County after finding an alternate site in southern Kansas.
BY JAY F. MARKS Published: September 5, 2012

People in Garvin County are calling it a victory, as Tulsa-based CAVU Energy Services Inc. announced Tuesday it would withdraw its application for a wastewater disposal well near Paul Valley.

The proposed well drew opposition from hundreds of Garvin County residents who were convinced it would cause an ecological disaster.

More than 1,300 people signed a petition opposing CAVU's application, which was being considered by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

CAVU said Tuesday it has acquired a new disposal well location in southern Kansas, home of the prolific Mississippian oil play.

“The economic and logistical advantages to this new location eliminate the need for the commercial disposal well in Garvin County,” the company said in a news release.

Wynnewood resident Joe Menefee said he was glad to hear the company was moving on from its contentious plans for Garvin County, where his family has owned land since 1903.

“They had no business coming here in the first place,” he said. “I'm extremely relieved and glad it's over.”

Menefee said CAVU's proposed disposal well was close to four homes east of Pauls Valley. The operation would have ruined their property values, while wreaking havoc on nearby roads, he said.

Road upgrade would be costly

Garvin County Commissioner John Mann estimated it would cost about $1.3 million to upgrade county roads to accommodate truck traffic that would come with a commercial disposal operation.

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