Pain in the grass: Texas' latest drilling craze is lawn-related

Mikeinhistory

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Wonderful. LCRA keeps emptying the Colorado for the rice farmers, and now rich people are draining our aquifers. Now Austin can really be just like Los Angeles, with no usable water anywhere and perfectly maintained unnatural landscapes everywhere.

Don't get me wrong, property rights need to be protected, but so do resources required by thousands of people.
 

Charlie

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Wonderful. LCRA keeps emptying the Colorado for the rice farmers, and now rich people are draining our aquifers. Now Austin can really be just like Los Angeles, with no usable water anywhere and perfectly maintained unnatural landscapes everywhere.

Don't get me wrong, property rights need to be protected, but so do resources required by thousands of people.
I agree but I don't think continued or extreme legislation is going to work very well.
 

deemus

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Correct me if I am wrong, but I was under the impression that our brethren to the south were under the imposition of the use restrictions, even on owned wells? I know of several partnerships that sell water rights down there. As I understood it, each owner of a well was limited to a certain number of gallons per acre, and if they exceeded that amount, there was hell to pay. (aka, huge fines, possible well shut down) Does that not apply to the Austin area?
 

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