Texans Look Beneath the Surface for Water

This is the first story in a five-part series.

From farmers, to the oil and gas industry, to gubernatorial candidate and Attorney GeneralGreg Abbott, Texans are looking beneath their land to make up the state’s growing water deficit.

Unlike surface water, which is owned and allocated by the state, groundwater belongs to the landowner and is regulated by nearly 100 different conservation districts across Texas, all of which set their own rules. The recent drought, along with major court decisions, has led to what some say is the most uncertain time in state history for those who depend ...

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