The Gulf Coast Water Authorty and The Brazos River Coaltion (These are not state agencies, but corparate entities (eg Dow Chemical, NRG Energy, etc) that have united. Their attorney sent a petition to over 1000 water right-holders on the Brazos River Basin. They only got 37 alleged signature requesting a Watermaster. Ten of those were the business entities on the Gulf. That leaves about 27 farmers and ranchers who were "signed".
however, they were misled/deceived in that they were told they were protecting their rights or that a Watermaster would protect agricultural interests. Many alleged signees were deceassed, ill with cancer, elderly and demented. None of these "signatures" were authenticated or notarized.
At any rate, once a threshold of 25 or more signees is met, Gulf Coast Water Authority brought petition to TCEQ, who sent it to the State Office of Admin. Hearing (SOAH)
Upon discovering the true nature of the petition (Water Grab by entities on the Gulf), the petition-signers were angered and began withdrawing - this to a great exent. There are now only about 12 alleged petition signers (remember 8 of those are from the Gulf Coast). All of the Withdraws were notarized.
In order to win on a Juristictional issue, I must disprove the Validity of The petition.
This brings me to my original question:
What elements are needed to have a valid petition.