Tussle in Legislature over Hueco Tanks, Hays County water

Residents of flood-ravaged Hays County were furious Tuesday that State Rep. Mary González used a legislative maneuver in an attempt to kill a local bill they say will protect their wells.

In calls and emails, several asked why a lawmaker whose district is 500 miles away would insert herself into a strictly local debate.

“She seems like a decent person,” said Nancy Weaver, who lives about a half mile from a commercial wellfield that she and her neighbors fear will pump down the water table, rendering their wells useless. “I can’t help but wonder what’s gotten into her.”

González, D-El Paso, said she is protecting principles that are important to her. She said rural Texans and farmers are against regulation of groundwater pumping such as that proposed in House Bill 3405… Read the full article from the El Paso Times