Contested case over proposed Creston water bottling plant continues

Contested case over proposed Creston water bottling plant continues


CASE,” OVER A PROPOSED WATER BOTTLING PLANT NEAR CRESTON CONTINUES. THE ISSUE IS OVERA DECISION TO GRANT A WATER-USE PERMIT TO THE MONTANA ARTESIAN WATER COMPANY. MTN’S NICOLE MILLER HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS CASE ALL WEEK AND BRINGS US THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. Groundwater Hydrologist DARRYL JAMES TESTIFIED WEDNESDAY. HE oversaw and validated THAT water testing requirements were met in the Company’s quest to open THE plant near Creston. Though law requires application forms be filled out completely, there were numerous left out, like the depth of the well. BUT JAMES SAYS that information wasn’t important and determined there would be no adverse effects TO LEAVING THEM OUT.S/ Darryl James – Independent consultant representing applicant”There has been a lot of talk about this form 633 and the fact that it’s not completed and that it’s not in complete compliance with the regulatory code, with the ARM. I think what you’re hearing from the experts who use those forms and use that data says its inconsequential to the actual analysis. He didn’t need the information that was lacking on those forms to complete the necessary analysis.” S/ Graham Coppes – Attorney representing objectors.”That information is required to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the aquifer tests to show the legal availability of water in these cases and so it’s not an optional criteria to include the dimensions of the well, the depth of the perforated zones. Those are required information under the law and in this case the Department and the applicant simply didn’t do their job.” A Flathead Valley resident who lives near the site of the proposed plant says the testimony was validating. Expert testimony will continue Thursday… with applicant of the permit and owner of the Montana Artesian Water Company, Lew Weaver, expected to take the stand. In Kalispell, Nicole Miller, MTN News. THE HEARING CONTINUES TODAY AND IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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