CBS 11 Header TXA 21 Header MeTV Header KRLD Header The Fan Header
NEWS: Dallas Fire Dept to hold press conference at 1:30pm as Dallas Firefighter’s Widow demands answers regarding circumstances of husband's death • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell press conference at 2:00pm

Local

Texas Court Says Landowners Also Own Groundwater

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

From Our CBS Music Web Sites

186152214 Texas Court Says Landowners Also Own GroundwaterJIM GAFFIGAN, "My kids have never eaten Hot Pockets

181572784 8 Texas Court Says Landowners Also Own GroundwaterFunny Faced Cheerleaders

 alt=Musicians Then And Now

455079896 Texas Court Says Landowners Also Own GroundwaterWATCH: Iggy Azalea & JLO's Booty Battle

 alt=Remembering Jimi Hendrix 44 Years Later

cowb thumb Texas Court Says Landowners Also Own GroundwaterCowboys Cheerleaders

AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that landowners have an ownership interest in the water underneath their land, a decision that will have wide implications on state water management efforts.

In a landmark ruling, the Court said that the government cannot restrict how a landowner consumes the water underneath their property without compensating them. The case is a victory for a farmer who sued the Edwards Aquifer Authority when it attempted to regulate how he used groundwater so it could be used downstream.

Environmental groups denounced the decision, saying it would lead to even more lawsuits against government authorities that try to manage groundwater resources.

The issue is especially important in Central Texas, where much of the drinking water supply moves across the state in underground aquifers.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Also Check Out:

View Comments