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Thursday, 19 June 2008


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Dear Stephanie and Dorian,

Thank you both for commenting. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond.

I realize that what Pickens is doing is distasteful to you both, but he's doing nothing illegal. You may think it unethical and immoral, but it's within Texas law.

I find Texas' "rule of capture" an anachronism, and perhaps something like this may motivate change. The law encourages actions like Pickens', because someone else could pump out water from beneath you.

I was just talking to someone who works for the Texas government and he said a number of lawmakers are rethinking this rule.

And, if no one buys Pickens' water, then he can't sell it! So, if you don't like what he is doing and live in one of the cities Pickens is trying to sell water to, you might complain to your city leaders.

But I would ask you: what if Pickens wanted to use his water to grow a crop, or raise cattle, or build a housing development? Would you still find his use of water so repugnant?

Dorian Roffe-Hammond

I have to agree with Stephanie. How can Pickens get away with such an overt crime against humanity? Nobody should be allowed to gain this sort of immense control over a precious resource that is an inate right of all People. This country of ours is going to eventually suffer another kind of sucking sound (akin to NAFTA)as private enterprise continues to buy up water rights everywhere. T. Boone's strategy reminds me of J.G. Boswell's "King of California" fateful and successful scheme to drain Tulare Lake (six-hundred-square-mile basin, the largest body of fresh water west of the Mississippi to grow cotton and feed the US in the latter 20th C. I fear for Mankind.


I cannot understand why legislators and policy makers and standing by and allowing this to happen. Moreover, why water law is so lax as to allow the profiteering of a resource that is necessary for life is incomprehensible to me. Maybe this is idealistic, but water is a public good and basic human right. At least, some minimal amount should be. That he will profit from the depletion of a natural resource is ridiculous. We still don't know the full consequences of depleting groundwater. Perhaps paid government officials should spend a little more time and attention developing a logical, fair and consistent water rights regime so that ploys like this will not work in the future.

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