AUSTIN (March 15, 2013)--Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Friday asked a federal judge to stay a decision that the state's water management was responsible for the deaths of 23 endangered whooping cranes.
Abbott argued in the filing that Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack overstepped her authority Monday when she issued an order prohibiting Texas from granting new water permits on two rivers.
Abbott says the order could cause severe economic harm.
“This astounding and far-reaching injunctive relief will impose irreparable harm on the State’s economy and its drought-affected residents,” Abbott wrote.
A stay would allow the state to appeal the decision before it goes into effect.
If a stay is not issued, Abbott says he will go to a federal appeals court.
Jack ruled that by not allowing enough freshwater to enter the bays, the state harmed the cranes' food supply leading to their deaths in 2008-2009.