Texas Farmers Ask High Court To Leave Water Ruling Intact

By Michelle Casady (December 16, 2015, 7:13 PM EST) -- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality cannot exempt cities and power generators from drought-triggered water restrictions, the Texas Farm Bureau told the Texas Supreme Court Monday, saying the justices should uphold a lower appeals court ruling that the agency can't circumvent senior rights holders.

The law is clear, the Farm Bureau and a handful of farmers told the high court, and the TCEQ overstepped its authority and disregarded the priority doctrine governing water rights when it issued the exemptions to junior rights holders at the expense of senior rights holders.

TCEQ petitioned the high court for review in June, arguing the Thirteenth...

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