LEGAL ASPECTS OF SUBSIDENCE DUE TO WELL PUMPING

Subsidence of land due to pumping of ground water is a relatively recent phenomenon. Early cases based on English common law held a person who pumped ground water was not liable for damage to a neighbor's property. In general, the attitude of the nation toward ground-water pumping and subsidence was one of laissez faire. Recent cases and legislative discussions indicate a trend toward holding groundwater pumpers liable for adverse effects of their pumping. The growing recognition that water is a limited resources will, in time, bring about mandatory ground-water management which, in turn, will place the burden of subsidence control on local water agencies. (ASCE)

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  • Accession Number: 00334895
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE 16331 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM