Pickens, others file briefs about water rights

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - T. Boone Pickens and other Panhandle water rights owners have filed briefs opposing a Texas Supreme Court review of a lower court's ruling favorable to them.

Pickens' Mesa Water L.P., the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority and the city of Amarillo have spent tens of millions of dollars to buy water rights for more than 700,000 acres.

They believe water can be sold separately from land deals under the state's rule of capture. The city of Del Rio on the Mexican border claims it can pump groundwater from land it purchased despite not owning the water rights.

Del Rio wants the state's high court to review an appeals court ruling denying the city access to the water.