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Permit gets approval





A month later, an Oklahoma-based oil and gas services company has received the blessing of the Ellis County Joint Planning Commission for a conditional-use permit.

At last month's regular meeting, owner Bill Littrell and his son, Eric, drove four hours from Fairview, Okla., to seek a CPU. However, paperwork for a development plan was missing, so the hearing was continued.

Littrell and his son drove four hours again Wednesday to the meeting, and this time everything was in order. Commissioners voted 8-0 in favor of the permit for Excel Stimulation, an oilfield services company that has been in business in Oklahoma for approximately 30 years.

After the protest period expires Nov. 6, the CPU can be brought before Ellis County commissioners for final approval.

"We would like to be up and running the first of the year," Bill Littrell said. "This kind of put us back a little bit."

The company's expansion into Ellis County is its first. Littrell said the plan is to slowly have a bigger presence in the county.

"We hope to double and triple in size with a year," Littrell said. "This is a base, where we're going to start. It is going to be small to start.

Littrell said he has done research and thinks Ellis County is a good location to expand his business. The 4.3-acre property where the business would be located is at 1602 Buckeye Road.

"This is a very great area to broaden our services," Littrell said. "We feel there is a market for us. We're not coming in intending to take 100 percent of anything. We can take a share of it. New people sometimes create a little competition, get everybody a little more productive."

The commission also received its monthly update on the Buckeye Wind Project, located northwest of Hays.

The October report indicates:

* Discussions have begun with county commissioners concerning a road-use agreement, payment in lieu of services agreement and a decommissioning agreement.

* The electric design team has met with Midwest Energy to discuss interconnection details.

* The current plan is to begin the construction phase of the project prior to 2014, to take advantage of tax credits.

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Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the commission will meet next month on Nov. 19.