Fight over Vegas pipeline plan heads back to court

Fight over Vegas pipeline plan heads back to court

CREATED Jun. 10, 2013

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A longtime battle over a massive pipeline project to carry billions of gallons of water to Las Vegas from rural counties along the Nevada-Utah line is heading back to court this week.

Senior District Judge Robert Estes will hear oral arguments Thursday and Friday in Ely concerning opponents' challenge of water rights granted to the Southern Nevada Water Authority by Nevada's state engineer, Jason King.

Last year, King granted the water authority permission to pump up to 84,000 acre-feet of groundwater a year from four rural valleys in Lincoln and White Pine counties.

Both sides say they're confident heading into the hearings.

Plaintiffs in the hearings include White Pine County, various environmental groups, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Nation and Millard County, Utah.