Oct 19, 2016 12:46 PM

Former USA Springs property possibly causing resident dispute in Nottingham


NOTTINGHAM — Due to the extreme drought, a Massachusetts real estate investor has agreed to purchase the former USA Springs property in Nottingham for $1.2 million to extract its groundwater, possibly disrupting residents in the area that are opposed to the idea.

Kevin B. Delaney, manager of Nottingham Springs LLC, deposited $50,000 to buy the 189-acre parcel and an expired permit to withdraw more than 300,000 gallons of water a day at the site, according to records filed Sept. 29 in bankruptcy court, which has to approve the sale. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Nov. 15.

According to the town’s website, Delaney’s attorney contacted the town of Nottingham in June to inform it that it was planning to remove an unspecified amount of groundwater.

The ongoing drought, which is considered extreme in the Nottingham area, could further complicate the process of obtaining the new permit needed.

Water extraction is no longer permitted under the town zoning ordinance in Nottingham.

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