My question involves real estate located in the State of: Texas
The water authority has approached us for an easement to bury pipe through our pasture and for a two year construction easement. We found an error in the survey that was attached to their proposal and are currently waiting for the corrected survey so we can negotiate an agreement.
I received a letter from the law firm that represents our local water district. The letter advises the water authority or its agents can enter our property to test the dirt and perform archeology tests without our authorization and without an easement or right of way contract. The letter, though dated July 3, 2008, was delivered to me yesterday morning, July 8, 2008. The letter states their agents will be entering our property on July 14, 2008. The title is in my parents name, who are out of state on vacation until 7/22/08.
I contacted the letter's author to advise we would not be able to to grant or reject entry until after 7/22/08. This is when he told me he didn't care because he does not need anyone's permission to enter our property.
Can someone please advise if a water district can enter private property without permission or without a signed easement agreement?
If there is no easement or right of way how will the Archeology Company choose were to dig?
It appears to me that the cart is coming before the horse, but I'd like to know my rights before responding a second time to the water authority's law firm.
Thank you in advance for any help or advice!!