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Bankruptcy Sheds More Light On Abengoa’s Vista Ridge Dealings

Bankruptcy sheds more light on Abengoa’s Vista Ridge dealings

Spanish conglomerate Abengoa routed nearly $119 million in borrowed funds for the Vista Ridge pipeline project through a nonprofit water supply corporation, according to bankruptcy court filings. Exactly why that money was funneled through the nonprofit Central Texas Regional Water Supply Corp. is unclear. State law gives a nonprofit water supply corporation eminent domain authority, which could come in handy in building the controversial pipeline, which the San Antonio Water System hopes will provide the city with 20 percent of…

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State To Hear Flying L Versus Bandera County Water Case

State to hear Flying L versus Bandera County water case

“It is hard to spend tax dollars on lawyer’s fees…[but] when one property owner deems their rights supersede another property owner’s…local control is needed,” City of Bandera Mayor John Hegemier said, on the issue of the Flying L Guest Ranch versus the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District. The Flying L is battling to have its original water permits, issued in 2001, restored to 2,096.82 acre-feet of water per year. Based on a permit rule approved two years ago…

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Water Forward: Planning For The Next 100 Years, August 3 In Austin

Water Forward: Planning for the Next 100 Years, August 3 in Austin

The next installment of the Imagine Austin Speaker Series will focus on developing a water plan to take us through the next century. Austin Water Director, Greg Meszaros and Integrated Water Resource Plan Community Task Force Chair and HCA board member, Sharlene Leurig will share insights on the process and the importance of creating an austintexas.gov/speakerseries long-term plan that will help secure Austin’s water supply for future generations. Learn more

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Commentary: Let’s Base Hays County Water Policy On Science, Not Guesswork

Commentary: Let’s base Hays County water policy on science, not guesswork

Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley writes that he will ask the county judge and fellow commissioners to help fund an initiative to “develop the science and monitoring that we need to make informed decisions” about groundwater pumping from the Edwards and Trinity aquifers in Hays County.  "We are blessed in our community to have several different aquifers through Hays County. Every square foot of our county has some relation with these aquifers. These aquifers provide so much to…

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Goforth Water, EP Deal Moves Forward

Goforth water, EP deal moves forward

A move by Goforth Special Utility District (SUD) approving a second amendment to its water supply agreement with Electro Purification, LLC (EP) means the water supply company has a year to prove the quantity and quality of its water to Goforth. EP has to deliver a feasibility notice to the the SUD.   Goforth has leased water from EP, which is in the process of drilling test wells on an 18-acre tract of land in order to determine the quality…

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Nestlé Just Suffered a Major Defeat as Community Blocks Water Privatization

Hydrogeologist and spokesperson for Nestlé Waters North America, Eric Andreus, announced at a monthly township meeting in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, last week that Nestlé had given up on its plans to pump 73 million gallons of water per year from the town’s local aquifer. Truth-out depicted the scene of the announcement: “The room erupted in cheers and for the first time since Nestlé began meeting with community members about the project, the company received a standing ovation.” The small town of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania,…

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Aquifer District Director Precincts Extended to Annexed Area

New Director precinct boundaries that extend representation into the Shared Territory annexed in response to House Bill 3405 were finalized at the May 26, 2016 Board meeting after extensive research, a public hearing, consideration of numerous public comments, and Board deliberation. The five District Board of Director precincts were redistricted to bring representation into the shared territory in Hays County and group communities of interests and their common sources of water supply.  Very generally, there are two City of Austin…

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Lawyers Say Ruling Bad For Landowners

Lawyers Say Ruling Bad For Landowners

Agriculture and landowner groups recently heralded a Texas Supreme Court ruling favoring a South Plains ranch as a major win for private property rights, but some lawyers and conservationists are painting the decision as more of a win for developers and water marketers. The unanimous ruling, issued last Friday, expanded a 45-year-old tenet of oil and gas law that enables "surface" landowners who don't own the minerals beneath their property to force drillers to accommodate their existing use of the…

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Understanding Water Risks Drives Global Investors

Just like homeowners who do not think twice about water supply when they turn on the tap, financial advisors considering investing in companies or new products took water for granted. The same went for governments and multi-lateral finance institutions, like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, when they considered loans to build dams, power plants, and mines. That was before the world’s population and demand for water soared. It was before climate change disrupted previously stable cycles of…

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Unplugging the Colorado River

WEDGED between Arizona and Utah, less than 20 miles upriver from the Grand Canyon, a soaring concrete wall nearly the height of two football fields blocks the flow of the Colorado River. There, at Glen Canyon Dam, the river is turned back on itself, drowning more than 200 miles of plasma-red gorges and replacing the Colorado’s free-spirited rapids with an immense lake of flat, still water called Lake Powell, the nation’s second-largest reserve. When Glen Canyon Dam was built in…

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