OLYMPIA — Sept 18 | Columbia Basin Herald ~ In light of a new report detailing the financial impacts of legislative inaction on the Hirst decision, Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, and 21 members of the Senate Majority Coalition are urging Gov. Jay Inslee to take action.
In Whatcom County v. Hirst the Washington Supreme Court ruled counties have an obligation to determine if well drilling has an effect on surface water before allowing permit-exempt wells to be drilled. Lawmakers have attempted to answer questions that have been raised by the decision, but a bill passed by the Senate did not make it to a vote in the House.
Local lenders, including Washington Federal, have stated they will limit loans on properties without legal water. The legislature has been attempting to find a bipartisan solution in light of Hirst, with talks stalling and holding up the passing of the state’s capital budget. In the wake of a new study by the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) detailing the costs of legislative inaction on Hirst, Warnick, along with 21 members of the Senate Majority Coalition, urged Inslee to take action on Hirst. (MORE)
SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald |September 18, 2017 | By Richard Byrd