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New Mexico official: Texans are ‘stealing’ water and selling it back for fracking

The difference in ownership of land in the two states contributes to the divergent water policies. In Texas, more than 90 percent of the land is privately owned. In New Mexico, by contrast, only 43 percent is owned by individuals, … Continue reading

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El Paso Water to buy ranch for $50 million

 This would be the latest and most expensive West Texas land acquisition by the PSB as part of its long-range plan to eventually pump water from so-called water ranches from Hudspeth, Culberson and Jeff Davis counties to quench this area’s future … Continue reading

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Blame it on the rain, not the beef industry

Photo: By Reynold Bergen via Canadian Cattlemen   This summer has seen unusual rainfall patterns, low river levels and drought in large parts of Western Canada and the Western States. Some people blame water shortages on the beef industry and … Continue reading

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WOTUS: What would our founding fathers say?

 If the rule is upheld as written, it is about more than just EPA having jurisdiction over every drop of water on your land. It is about the continued erosion of private property rights, and it is about the death of … Continue reading

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North Dakota judge clarifies 13-state WOTUS ruling

Judge says ruling in 13-state Waters of the U.S. case applies only to those states, not nationwide Far from the perfect solution but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. — jtl, 419 via Beef Producer … Continue reading

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WOTUS Ruling Creates Confusion

“What do you do if you are a landowner in those 37 states who seeks to use your land in ways you always have, and now you have the EPA saying it has jurisdiction over your water—over dry creek bed … Continue reading

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Ignoring the water problem is no longer an option

The water crisis is about much more than water. Last of a three-part series. Due mainly to government intervention that does not allow the allocation of scarce resources among insatiable desires to work through free market pricing, water has been … Continue reading

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Will water become the defining issue of our time?

It’s easy to slip into the negative mindset that the issue is too big and too complex to be solvable. But, the water issue is neither too big nor too complex to be solvable. The problem is that, thanks to … Continue reading

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EPA flooded with lawsuits over controversial water rule

 New Mexico Cattle Growers Association’s president, Jose Varela Lopez, said what many ranchers feel. He told The Daily Caller, “My family has been on our land for 14 generations, each leaving it better for the next. Water is the source … Continue reading

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FOREST SERVICE: GOP Cheers as Chief Formally Withdraws Groundwater Rule

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today formally withdrew a proposal to more carefully gauge how the agency’s land management decisions affect groundwater. The agency’s groundwater directive, unveiled in May 2014, had sparked a torrent of criticism … Continue reading

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