Texas Supreme Court Weighs Underground Trespassing Case

Just how far below the earth’s surface do property lines extend? And can someone trespass on another’s property — more than a mile underground?

The Texas Supreme Court grappled with those questions on Tuesday as it heard oral arguments in a groundwater case that the state’s surging oil and gas industry says could significantly impact production.

The dispute pits an injection well operator in Liberty County, Environmental Processing Services, against a nearby rice farm, FPL Farming, whose representatives say wastewater from a well that plunges 8,000 feet below ground has migrated into a saltwater aquifer beneath its ...

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