Judge in Boswell-Vidovich battle says she can’t “stretch” laws to keep groundwater from leaving Kings County

April 2, 2022
by Lois Henry
The green and blue lines show the location of a Sandridge Partners pipeline project from Lemoore in Kings County to just south of Stratford. Green indicates where open ditches have been converted to pipeline. Blue indicates open ditches. SOURCE: Exhibit 36 of lawsuit between Tulare Lake Canal Company and Sandridge Partners.
Lois Henry

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A pair of lawsuits focused on trespass and environmental issues surrounding construction of a 48-inch water pipeline in Kings County are, in many ways, just a token of a much larger issue: Groundwater leaving the county, a judge noted on Friday.

“The fact that groundwater is an issue in this county isn’t disputed,” Judge Valerie Chrissakis said noting that plaintiff Tulare Lake Canal Company, controlled by J.G. Boswell Company, has referenced several other cases in

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