Water rights' case headed for Supreme Court
Laramie, WY – The U.S. Supreme Court has set a January tenth hearing date on Montana's claim that farmers in Wyoming are taking too much of the region's scarce water supply.
Montana sued its southern neighbor in 2007, saying it was violating a 1950 deal to share the water of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.
Monday's announcement of oral arguments in the case comes after a court-appointed "special master" shot down Wyoming's arguments for dismissal.
The lawsuit alleges Wyoming's agriculture and energy industries pull too much water from the Tongue and Powder rivers, tributaries of the Yellowstone.