Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 17:54:08 -0500
From: Bill Hume via Don Tripp
Greetings Rep. Tripp,
I heard you had some concerns about the San Augustin pumping application and the state's involvement. I can assure you that no agency of the state has a dog in this fight beyond the statutory duties of the state engineer to ultimately rule on the application. John D'Antonio has been quoted as saying due diligence on this will take at least two years. Also, in the attached letter, is the protest to the application filed late last week by ISC. [note: this letter is available as a PDF download at www.catroncounty.net/water/sample.htm]
These sort of major water developments can't be dismissed out of hand as never being worthwhile, but this particular application is not on the state's radar screen as something to nurture or encourage. I will try to keep you posted on developments as I learn of them, and if you hear of something, please query me.
Regards, Bill Hume (office of the Governor of New Mexico)