Lawyers, Policy Experts Weigh In on Groundwater Case | The Texas Tribune
Last month, a ruling by a Texas appeals court fueled the debate over state regulation of groundwater resources.
In Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Glenn and JoLynn Bragg, the 4th
Appeals Court of Texas found that the Edwards Aquifer Authority, one of
Texas' largest and most powerful groundwater conservation districts,
had violated the Braggs’ property rights when it limited their ability
to pump water from underneath their land. The decision will be appealed
to the Texas Supreme Court.
Below is the court’s ruling, with annotations from four water lawyers
and policy experts. Generally agreeing with the court’s decision is
Russ Johnson, who often represents water users like landowners and
industries in their fight to be allowed to obtain the water underneath
their property. Mark McPherson, who represents oil and gas companies in a
similar capacity, also expresses support for the ruling. Both Johnson
and McPherson have clients who may clash with groundwater regulation
that prevents them from pumping the full amount of water they'd like to
capture beneath their land. READ MORE.......