Jimmy Hunt, a partner on a deer ranch from where the water comes, said that the vacuum trucks seen recently in the Skidmore area are simply hauling water from the Poesta Creek.
“We are the only ones that have a permit to pump out of that creek,” Hunt said.
He added that all that all permits are up to date.
The issue came to light recently when Commissioner Ken Haggard was notified of the trucks coming in and out of the area.
His concern was that there was no drilling in the area and he wasn’t sure what the trucks were hauling.
Haggard also confirmed what Hunt said – that water was all that was being taken out. Nothing, both said, was being brought in to the property.
Hunt said that the trucks wouldn’t use Old Highway 181, as it is quicker to get to the property from Highway 181.
He also said that the Texas Department of Public Safety has even been operating the weigh station between there and Beeville, checking trucks both coming in and out of the area.