The Gazette reports that residents of Baca County are concerned that LGS Holdings Group, a Georgia-based real estate company, is purchasing land in order to profit off the water rights that come with it. Baca County residents depend on water from the Ogallala aquifer, which has displayed a steady decline in water levels. Residents believe that the receding water levels have been exacerbated by 60 wells that LGS has already drilled. According to permit applications filed with the Colorado Ground Water Commission, LGS has 59 more wells that are pending approval. Residents have submitted a number of objections citing that LGS’ well requests will place additional “stress on the Ogallala aquifer.” However, they were denied hearings from the commission.
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