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Progress Made in Yearslong Legal Battle Over Groundwater Pumping in Pecos County

The Pecos Groundwater District has been facing off against the family of oilman Clayton Williams, Junior, over water rights.

The dispute was finally heard again in court on Monday morning after a two-year wait.

In 2010, Fort Stockton Holdings, which is owned by Williams, sued the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District.

That's after the district refused to give him a permit to pump water off his property to other towns.

It was during the drought and Williams was looking to sell the water.

In the hearing, Kerrville Judge Stephen Ables handed down a ruling siding with the groundwater district.

However, there was no decision made on the right to pump water.

Attorney Mike Gershon says it was a "big victory" for them but Clayton Williams' family and legal team do have the option of appealing that decision.

It’s unclear what their next move will be but attorneys say this is likely not the end of the ongoing legal battle.

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