Now that a federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling that said metro Atlanta has the legal right to tap Lake Lanier for water, both Alabama and Florida are faced with an extremely serious problem and it’s one that will worsen in time. In mid-September, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected a request from the two states to reconsider the ruling by a three-judge appeals panel handed down earlier in the summer. This case has been in court for a very long time. I had hoped that a reasonable settlement would have been worked out by now, but for some reason that didn’t happen.
In order for Alabama and Florida to pursue the case, they must now appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. It appears there is no choice but to appeal. Both states contend that Georgia uses too much water, hurting people, seafood and wildlife downstream. It certainly appears that an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is in order. Gov. Robert Bentley has already said Alabama will appeal the decision. Hopefully, the appeal will be successful. If not, both Alabama and Florida residents and businesses will suffer. If nothing else, we should have learned years ago that the availability of water would be a critical issue for all states. Unfortunately, there has been far too little attention paid to this issue in years past by our elected officials.
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.