The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, May 11 – Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts succumbed to strong pressure from citizens who support property rights and the right of individuals and companies to produce groundwater, even if it competes with the powerful monopolistic San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), which is seeking to stop groundwater production in competition with SJRA’s expensive retail surface water.
Metts had placed an agenda item on the Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Commissioners Court agenda, which such item called for severe regulation of groundwater production for fear of subsidence. There is no scientific (empirical) data supporting the claim that subsidence has occurred or that it has resulted from groundwater production in Montgomery County.
Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District President Harry Hardman, who has valiantly stood for private property rights, opposed the Commissioners Court resolution and had asked Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough to defer action on it. Keough, of course, has no control over the Commissioners Court, so all depended upon Metts to take the right action instead.
At the beginning of the meeting, before the Commissioners Court approved the agenda for the meeting, Metts responded to citizen urging and removed the anti-property rights resolution he had sponsored from the agenda at approximately 9:32 a.m., Tuesday, May 11.