Selling off Water Rights as North Texas Prepares for what may be a 20 year DroughtSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Selling off Water Rights as North Texas Prepares for what may be a 20 year Drought

13 September 2006 at 12:05:58 PM

Must be *Water Week*. Between writing about gas wells and injection wells using water at a fast clip and poisoning waters with the waste, and worrying about water tables from, say, the Paluxy, dropping in the area, and wondering about Water Barons that would sell us water to drink... because we don't have any more in our own area, now I see the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has an article about it.

Besides talking about the possibility that we may be heading into a drought that may last for a couple of decades, I found this section interesting.

Looming in the background are water marketers like oilman Boone Pickens, who firmly believes that the North Texas Municipal Water District or another local entity will become a customer for his company, Mesa Water, which has rights to water from the Ogallala Aquifer in Roberts, Hemphill, Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties in the Panhandle.

Pickens said it would cost $2 billion and take five years to build a pipeline from the Panhandle to the Metroplex. If districts like the North Texas Municipal Water District don't solve their water needs soon, he thinks that North Texas' booming growth could be choked off.

Parks, the executive director of the North Texas Municipal Water District, disagrees with that assessment but acknowledges that Pickens' water could eventually be tapped as a source. The North Texas Municipal Water District is working on piping water from Lake Tawakoni and Lake Fork in East Texas as well as bringing more from the East Fork Wetlands project near Seagoville.

Yesterday I wrote about the Water Baron in the Austin area who will be looking to profit from selling water to other areas. Now I see T Boone Pickens is planning to do the same. How is it that a private corporation has rights to water? And can then sell it to the highest bidder and decide on the prices? The question is, SHOULD our water, which we MUST have to survive, be subject to privateers?

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