Property Rights

Water is one of our most precious resources, and it's imperative that as our population and economy grow, we establish the right of property owners to the water beneath their land. The "Rule of Capture", or the right to pump water from beneath your own property, has been in place for over 100 years. However, that right in much of the state has been threatened in recent years because of overregulation.

That is why Rep. Burns authored and passed House Bill 4112 which has now legally recognized that property owners also own the groundwater beneath their land. It codifies into law the opinion of the Texas Supreme Court from 2012 in the Edwards Aquifer Authority vs. Day case.