by John Ingle, Times Record News
A group representing Texas landowners and Wichita, Wilbarger and Clay counties officially filed a lawsuit Monday night in U.S. District Court of the Northern District in Wichita Falls against the Bureau of Land Management, contesting the federal agency’s claim to owning portions of Texas land dating back to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
“It is well established that Texas begins at the southern bank of the Red River. By definition, the ‘bank’ is the sliver of land that separates the sandy ‘[river]bed from the adjacent uplands.’ ‘On the valley side of the bank is vegetation and on the river side is bare sand.’ State of Okl. v. State of Tex., 260 U.S. 606, 634 (1923),” The Texas Public Policy Foundation wrote in its brief to the courts.
The suit alleges the federal government’s “ownership of property is limited to bottom-half of the sandy riverbed outside of Texas.
Nonetheless, BLM asserts that its boundary extends well past the riverbed into Texas and, in some instances, more than a mile outside of its lawful territory.
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