Texas Water Permits Blocked Over Endangered Bird Deaths

Law360, New York (March 12, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Monday blocked new permits allowing water to be diverted from Central Texas river systems for municipalities, power plants and industry, saying poor water management practices have caused the deaths of endangered whooping cranes in a state wildlife refuge.

Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack ruled the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to regulate the amount of fresh water being diverted from the San Antonio and Guadalupe rivers for municipal and industrial use....
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