Category Archives: Texas Water Wars

August 1, 2014 Weekly Round Up

This week I made the journey to Menard, TX for the “All About Water” program where I spoke about Texas water law.  It was an absolutely group in attendance and I thoroughly enjoyed their questions and participation.  Thanks to Lisa Brown for the invitation to attend.  To those of you visiting form that program, welcome! Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week. *New Mexico Slaughterhouse Withdraws Permit.  Valley Meats Co. has withdrawn its permit application with the New Mexico Environment Department for… Read More →

Texas v. New Mexico: Review of New Mexico’s Motion to Dismiss

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* This week I will be in Medford, Massachusetts presenting on the Texas v. New Mexico battle over the Rio Grande at the University Council of Water Resources conference.  As part of my preparation for my presentations, I thoroughly reviewed the briefing filed in the Supreme Court by all parties in this case.  Today, I will review New Mexico’s Motion to Dismiss.  Texas’ Response is expected in the coming week and I will provide a review of the… Read More →

May 23, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Last week, I spoke to a large group of West Texas ranchers at the 5th Annual NRCS Rancher’s Workshop in Mertzon about key oil and gas and pipeline easement concepts for landowners.  It was a great program and I appreciate Jaime Tankersley inviting me to participate!  Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week.  Welcome to those of you joining from that presentation. *  TCEQ Proposal Could Further Limit Water For Rice… Read More →

April 4, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* This week I have been making the rounds from Indianapolis, Indiana to Athens, Texas!  In Indianapolis, Paul Goeringer (University of Maryland Extension) and I presented at the Women in Agriculture Educators Conference on legal risk management, where I specifically focused on water law education in Texas.  Additionally, I presented at the Cattleman’s Cow-Calf Clinic in Athens, Texas.  Henderson County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch and his cattle committee did a great job of planning this clinic and I enjoyed the chance to… Read More →

March 28, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* I have been traveling a lot of miles lately speaking at various extension programs across Texas.  Last week I was in West Texas where I spoke at three great presentations in Rankin, Big Lake, and Van Horn.  This week I’ve been in Bell County and in Canton speaking at cattlemen’s conferences.  Welcome to the new readers from these presentations!  Here are a few ag law stories making the news over the last couple of weeks. *Texas… Read More →

March 14, 2014 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Things have been busy around here!  Last Friday, I headed to Fredericksburg to speak at the New Land Owner Series put on by the Gillespie County Extension Office.  There was a great turn out and the participants asked wonderful questions.  Welcome to those of you who are new to the blog from that presentation.  Yesterday, I presented at a webinar along with Texas A&M alum and New York City attorney Cari Ricker discussing agricultural leases.  There… Read More →

March 7, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Here are a look at some of the ag law stories making news this first week of March. *United States Sides with Texas in Water Dispute against New Mexico, Seeks to Join Suit.  Last week, the Solicitor General, on behalf of the United States, filed a Motion for Leave to Intervene as a Plaintiff in the Supreme Court case pitting Texas against New Mexico in a battle over water in the Rio Grande.  The Solicitor General echoed the… Read More →

Breaking News: Supreme Court Allows Texas to Proceed with Lawsuit Against New Mexico

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* On Monday, the United States Supreme Court granted Texas’ Motion for Leave to File a Complaint with the Court, thereby permitting Texas to proceed with its lawsuit against New Mexico and Colorado over waters of the Rio Grande.  Texas filed its motion seeking leave to file a complaint in January 2013, alleging that New Mexico was violating the 1938 Rio Grande Compact between the states.  [Read prior blog discussing dispute here.] The Court’s ruling allows New Mexico to file a Motion to… Read More →

December 20, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are some of the ag law-related stories making the news this week. *  Dallas Passes Strict Fracking Limitation.  The City of Dallas voted last week to impose one of the strictest fracking ordinances in the country, requiring oil wells to be 1500 feet away from “protected areas” including homes, schools, and churches.  This ordinance greatly increases the set back distance, which currently is 300 feet.  [Read article here.] *  New York Times Article Focuses on Rio… Read More →

Update to Breaking News: United States’ Brief in Texas v. New Mexico

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** As mentioned yesterday, the Solicitor General filed a brief in the Supreme Court case between Texas and New Mexico.  A copy of the brief can be found here. In the brief, Solicitor General takes the position that the Court should grant Texas’ Motion and allow the complaint to be filed because Texas “alleges an interstate dispute of sufficient importance to warrant this Court’s exercise of its original jurisdiction…”  Further, the Solicitor General believes that “Texas has adequately pled an… Read More →