Briefing Begins To Apply Texas’ Accommodation Doctrine To Groundwater Owners
Mealey's (June 17, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT) -- AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas ranch on April 1 told the state Supreme Court that it needs to apply the state’s accommodation doctrine to groundwater rights holders in order to force the latter to take reasonable steps to avoid interfering with the rights of surface owners (Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC v. The City of Lubbock, No. 14-0572, Texas Sup.).
(Coyote Lake brief available. Document #95-150409-012B.)
Coyote Lake Ranch LLC owns a large ranch in Bailey County. In 1953, the City of Lubbock purchased some of the...