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USA TODAY—Perrier counters that testing by Texas officials showed that the Ozarka operation did not appear to have a negative impact on the well.

SOS—“Perrier did not prove that their pumping had no negative impact. The court ruled that under current Texas water laws, there was nothing they could do about the impact on neighboring wells.”

REGIONAL WEB SITES
Jessica's Well: Web Log on Media, Government, and Politics in Midland, Texas
Save Our Springs Alliance
Save Our Springs of NE Texas
Texas Water Matters

Texas

A Simmering Water War
Here in my home state of Texas, we're suffering from withdrawal pains. This is not caused by our addiction to alcohol or drugs – but to plain water. And to make our pain worse, it's not the people of Texas who are hooked on a destructive water habit – it's the boneheaded executives and greedheaded investors in coal-fired and nuclear-powered plants that generate electricity. And don't laugh at Texas, for the same corporate addiction might be draining the fresh water supplies where you live. Question: which uses more water – your washing machine chugging out one load of laundry, or the power plant that provides the few kilowatts of electricity to heat the water for that one load? No contest. The power plant uses as much as 10 times more water to make the electricity than you use to fill your machine.

Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court
On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game.

Pickens Eyes Pipelines in Drought-Ridden U.S.
Pickens is in the planning stages of a $1.5 billion initiative to pump billions of gallons of water from an ancient aquifer beneath the Texas Panhandle and build pipelines to ship them to thirsty cities such as Dallas.A drought has drained water from Texas and much of the rest of the United States. That could make water an increasingly profitable commodity for those who hold the rights. According to his Web site, Pickens owns rights to more water than anyone else. "In general, there's a lot of it, it's just not in the right place," says Robert Stillwell, legal counsel for Mesa Water (and board member of the water supply district), which continues to acquire water rights in rural Texas. He dismisses questions about whether the water would be cost-competitive. For cities looking at their future water needs, he says, "cost becomes irrelevant." As far as Mesa's pipeline snaking across the Texas heartland, Stillwell insists that "it's going to happen, it's just a matter of when." [Editor: Pickens has also been seen expressing an interest in the water of the Great Lakes region.]

West Texans Sizzle Over a Plan to Sell Their Water
Angry West Texans and some state officials are demanding a halt to a deal that allows a group of politically well-connected Midland oilmen to tap the desert and sell billions of gallons of water from the state's public reserves. The oil and gas businessmen who formed Rio Nuevo bring together Texans like T. Boone Pickens and others who are being called water speculators.

T. Boone Pickens in Texas
The notorious oilman has acquired land overlying the Ogallala aquifer and wants to pump and sell as much as 200,000 acre-feet of groundwater annually to one of Texas’ metropolitan centers.

Sleepless in Midland
The New York Times has published an article about the proposal by Rio Nuevo, Ltd., to lease water rights under far west Texas land owned by the state of Texas. The Times mostly rehashes much of what we already knew, but there is some background about how it all came about, and the parts involving Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick make for interesting reading:

Rule of capture to be reviewed by lawmakers
As concerns grow about the management of Texas water resources, state officials will revisit the so-called “rule of capture,” the law which has governed the use of groundwater in Texas for almost a century.

Plan would sell Texans back their own water
Imagine for a moment: water-starved El Paso paying a private company for water belonging to El Pasoans and other Texans. It could happen under a proposal being developed in closed meetings between a Midland-based consortium and state officials at the General Land Office and School Land Board.

Texas: T. Boone Pickens
The notorious oilman has acquired land overlying the Ogallala aquifer and wants to pump and sell as much as 200,000 acre-feet of groundwater annually to one of Texas’ metropolitan centers.

Water rights to be auctioned on eBay
An online auction to benefit an effort to build a new library, archives and museum in Uvalde will include the right to pump 326,000 gallons of water a year from the Edwards Aquifer.

When Perrier Came To Texas, The Water Left
When God created Texas, he planted the factories and five-lane highways in Dallas, but he smiled on rural east Texas. He gave it sweet gum and dogwood trees, sand as fine as sugar, and streams that wind around hills.

Perrier to build third bottling plant in the US
Perrier Group of America has recently begun construction on a new bottled water plant in Hawkins, Texas.

The biggest pump wins

Texas Supreme Court to decide landowners protected from Aquifer drainage

Opponents of Perrier turn eyes to Texas
November 24, 1998 - St. Pete Times

Texas Supreme Court to hear Rohr Springs water rights case
August 29, 1998

High court agrees to hear Ozarka case
August 26th, 1998

 

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