I-Team: Nevada Supreme Court Rules Against Vegas Water Claim

LAS VEGAS -- The Southern Nevada Water Authority's plan to build a multi-million dollar water pipeline between rural counties and Las Vegas took a major hit.

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state engineer did not follow the law when he allowed the Southern Nevada Water Authority to file for groundwater rights back in 1989 and then sit on those rights for all these years.

"This sends it back to square one for the water authority, not just back to 2003 but back to 1989 when they originally filed the applications. What this says is, they have to reopen the process, at a minimum," said Launce Rake, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

Read the State Supreme Court Decision

The decision is seen as a major blow to plans for building a multi-billion dollar pipeline from Las Vegas into rural areas 300 miles away. The Southern Nevada Water Authority has already spent tens of millions of dollars on the plan, which environmentalists say would destroy a vast section of eastern Nevada and cost $10 billion or more to build.

 


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