Texas Billionaire & Water Entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens Finds Blue Gold Tarnished. Shuts Down Mesa Water LP.

Pickens sells water rights to Panhandle authority

By TERRY WALLACE Associated Press © 2011 The Associated Press

April 7, 2011, 6:57PM

DALLAS – Billionaire T. Boone Pickens and a Panhandle water authority have reached a tentative deal for the sale of most of Pickens’ Panhandle water rights to the authority, both sides announced on Thursday.

The preliminary $103 million deal between Pickens’ Dallas-based Mesa Water LP and the Amarillo-based Canadian River Municipal Water Authority for the water rights to 211,000 acres in Roberts County in the Panhandle promised to end long-held concerns in the region that he would sell the water to downstate interests. Continue reading

Oregon poised to adopt the strictest standard for toxic water pollution in the U.S.

Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 7:53 PM     Updated: Friday, January 07, 2011, 9:55 AM

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian The Oregonian

Oregon is poised to adopt the strictest standard for toxic water pollution in the United States, driven by concerns about tribal members and others who eat large amounts of contaminated fish.

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed the new standard Thursday, nearly two decades after concerns about contamination in fish prompted studies that showed tribal members along the Columbia River eat far more fish than the general population.

The new rule, scheduled for approval in June, would dramatically tighten human health criteria for a host of pollutants, including mercury, flame retardants, PCBs, dioxins, plasticizers and pesticides.

Industry and cities worry about the costs of complying with the new rules and controlling pollution, likely to run in the millions.

For complete article, go to http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2011/01/oregon_poised_to_adopt_the_str.html