TLMA Invited to Testify at Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs - July 2016.
On July 25, the Senate Committeeon Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs held a hearing on issues related to groundwater in Texas. The TLMA was invited to testify on the application of oil and gas law to groundwater. You can watch the video of the hearing by clicking here. The hearing lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes, and included extensive testimony regarding the regulation of groundwater. To watch the final panel of witnesses, including TLMA Executive Director Laura Buchanan, skip to the 4:13:00 mark in the video.
The Supreme Court of Texas Issues Decision in Coyote Lake Ranch v. Lubbock -May 2016.
The Supreme Court of Texas handed down its decision in a much-watched case regarding groundwater in Texas. In a landmark holding, the Court held that, like the mineral estate, the groundwater estate in Texas is the dominant estate. This means simply that the owner of the groundwater has an implied right to use the surface to produce its water. As such, the Court also held that the Accommodation Doctrine applies to groundwater like it does to oil and gas. You can read the Court's full opinion here
TLMA Files Comments on the Sunset Advisory Commission's review of the Railroad Commission - May 2016
TLMA filed public comments on the Sunset Advisory Commission staff's report on its review of the Railroad Commission of Texas. You can read our letter by clicking here. To see all of the public comments filed for the report, click here.
Sunset Advisory Commission Releases Report on Railroad Commission - April 2016