New Questions Face San Antonio Water Pipeline

Nearly a year after the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved what could be the most expensive water project in the region’s history, some council members appear to be having doubts.

Dubbed the Vista Ridge Project, the $3 billion-plus venture would pipe in 16 billion gallons of groundwater annually from Burleson County in Central Texas, about 142 miles away. The San Antonio Water System and many of the city’s business leaders say the project is crucial to a secure future, but environmental advocates and other critics hotly dispute that notion, saying the city doesn’t really need the water and that the project is far too costly and financially risky. 

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High Court Hears From Ranch Lubbock in Water Case

After hearing from both sides in a years-long dispute between a South Plains ranch and the city of Lubbock, the Texas Supreme Court will consider whether a well-established provision in oil and gas law that protects landowners who don’t own the minerals beneath their property should also apply to those who don’t own the groundwater — or, perhaps, the wind.

The outcome of the court’s decision could have far-reaching implications for savvy water exporters and the state’s fast-growing, thirsty cities.

A lawyer for Coyote Lake Ranch argued Wednesday that the “accommodation doctrine” should apply in cases where an entity — Lubbock, in this case — wants to utilize its rights to groundwater that sits beneath the land that someone else — the ranch — owns and actively uses.

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2015 Annual Water Symposium

“Clearwater UWCD invites the all civic leaders and the general public to the 15th Annual Bell County Water Symposium on November 19th 8am to 5 pm in Belton. The daylong event will again be held in Belton at 2180 North Main Street at the Central Texas Council of Governments Building. The event will start at 8:00 am and conclude by 4:00pm, lunch is provided. Sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service Bell County, HALFF Associates, LBG-Guyton & Associates, Bell County Engineers Office, Baylor University Department of Geology and Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys at Law. Click here for the tentative agenda.

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