Houston Beats $17M Judgment In Drilling Ordinance Case

Law360, New York (August 9, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday reversed a $17 million judgment against the city of Houston, finding that government restrictions on oil and gas development near Lake Houston were justified by environmental concerns and did not require payment to landowners.

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals of Texas held that although drilling restrictions hurt the value of real estate near Lake Houston, the need to protect the lake as a source of drinking water outweighed the interests of Trail Enterprises Inc. and other property owners, and therefore...
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