After Crystal Geyser Roxane told Weed city officials the company will withdraw its application for a permit to drill a new well, the Weed City Council was scheduled to consider a permitting system for wells during a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 22.

Crystal Geyser Roxane CEO Ronan Papillaud told Weed city officials Monday that they will withdraw their application for a permit to drill a new well.

Papillaud met Monday in Weed with Mayor Ken Palfini, city manager Ron Stock, and city finance director Kelly McKinnis. Weed Crystal Geyser plant manager Lionel Ferchaud also attended.

Stock said Papillaud apologized for the statements his father, Pierre, made to Palfini, Stock, and McKinnis during a meeting earlier this month.

Company founder Pierre Papillaud, according to CG Roxane Chief Operation Officer Page Beykpour, is not a managing partner in CG Roxane and his comments “were not supported by the company.”

Beykpour said in a phone interview that Crystal Geyser “elected to withdraw their application for the well after considering the city’s concerns about the well.”

The Weed City Council earlier this month voted to ratify the city administration’s decision to deny CG Roxane’s request for a permit to drill a new well located NW of the Kellogg Drive and Mary Drive intersection.

Stock said the proposed well location was a concern because of its proximity to the City’s Mazzei Well.

The Agenda Memorandum stated, “Our concern is that without a detailed hydrological study it cannot be determined that the well will not damage the Mazzei Well, which is the principle source of water for the South Service Area.”

Beykpour said CG Roxane does not need the water presently and is not going to pursue drilling the well at this time. He said they wanted the well for “production and domestic needs” for the plant.

This week, City staff called a special council meeting for Thursday at 5:30 to consider action on an ordinance “implementing a permitting system for new or existing higher capacity private groundwater wells.”

A “higher capacity” well is described as being able to pump more than 15 gallons per minute.

Stock said CG Roxane is not the only industrial business in the community that may want to drill a well.