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Colorado Anti-Fracking Measures Withdrawn

John Watson/Fay Ranches. Fracking Insider, a newsletter published by law firm Kelley Drye & Warren’s environmental law and energy practice groups, announced today, an agreement has been reached leading to withdrawal of anti-fracking measures in Colorado.  The proposed legislation taken off the table were Initiative 88 which set forth increased setbacks from occupied structures for  Read more…

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Dam Removal on U.S. Waterways Creates Tremendous Land Investment Opportunities

As “A Catalyst in Land Investment” Terraqua follows current events and trends with an eye to interpret possible positive or negative impacts on land resource values. In the case of slated dam removals along many stretches of important U.S. waterways, many private landowners along these waters benefit from the participation from increased property values created  Read more…

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Supreme Court rules for OK over TX in Interstate Water War

The Supreme Court ruled today that Texas has no right to Oklahoma’s water.   This is a case that has been watched closely by landowners, oil & gas producers and other stakeholders, not just in Oklahoma and Texas, but in other arid western states. Texas had claimed a 1980 interstate water compact extended to its rights to tap  Read more…

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From Forest to Faucet

Two weeks ago I joined my associates from Legacy LandBank, Joe Kelleher and Dick Ludington, at at the 2013 University of Georgia Timberland Conference held at Amelia Island Florida,  which included a spectrum of players in the the “timberland business” comprised of 500+ participants  public and private pension funds, private investors, family offices, fund of funds, REITs, brokers and advisors,  Read more…

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Make a little money and help fish too: The latest proposal to allow Wyoming ranchers to keep streams flowing for fish

By Kelsey Dayton WyoFile  http://wyofile.com/2012/11/new-proposal-could-allow-wyo-ranchers-to-keep-streams-flowing/ Wyoming is a land of natural resources. But it isn’t the coal or natural gas that many hold most protectively. It’s water. Competition for water sometimes leads to adversarial relationships between agriculture and fishermen, yet both interests have worked for years to find areas of compromise and their efforts may  Read more…

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Court Rules Groundwater is Protected Property

Court Rules Groundwater is Protected Property Texas landowners’  property rights include the ownership of the groundwater and are protected from a taking by regulation or eminent domain, the Texas Supreme Court ruled last week. Eleven other states allocate water rights by way of the “rule of capture” , Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Texas,  Read more…

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Texas Ranchers and Land Investors Look North

The Chicago Tribune reports the worst drought in a century, increased input costs and oil money have combined to drive the increased demand for grasslands in Nebraska’s Sandhills and points north. Drought forces Texas cattle north Limited grazing space, competition, infections creating tensions By P.J. Huffstutter and Theopolis Waters, Reuters February 3, 2012 For more  Read more…

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Texas Supreme Court: Landowners also own the Groundwater

Texas’ official system for groundwater allocation is based on the 1904 Texas Supreme Court’s “East Case” decision which declared the “Rule of Capture” as the basis for groundwater allocation.  The Rule of Capture gives each landowner the right to capture an unlimited amount of groundwater under the land owned.  The Texas Supreme Court, in its most  Read more…

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