clearn.png
Wednesday January 26th, 2022 7:14AM

Mississippi loses Supreme Court water fight with Tennessee

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday rejected a claim that the Memphis, Tennessee, area has been taking water that belongs to Mississippi from an underground aquifer that sits beneath parts of both states.

The high court's first decision of the term came in a case argued in October, deflating expectations that the justices would resolve the issue of whether Texas' ban on most abortions could be challenged in federal court.

Two cases on the Texas issue were argued Nov. 1 under an accelerated process that the court has previously used only rarely and in some of its most notable decisions, including the Bush v. Gore case that settled the 2000 presidential election.

But those cases remain unsettled.

Instead, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court in an interstate water dispute that reaches back to 2005.

The Supreme Court has long embraced the concept of a fair share in state fights over rivers and streams, a legal doctrine known as equitable apportionment.

Mississippi, though, “contends that it has sovereign ownership of all groundwater beneath its surface, so equitable apportionment ought not apply. We see things differently,” Roberts wrote.

Although the water source at issue in this case is water from hundreds of feet below the surface, Roberts wrote that “we see no basis for a different result.”

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III praised the decision. “We now have some finality. It’s a clear victory for Tennessee on all issues, and for all states who share underground water resources,” Slatery said in a statement.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Elections, General Presidential Election News
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Island anger: Guadeloupe closes schools after COVID rioting
Schools have closed across the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and the French president has warned of a “very explosive” situation in the overseas department
11:06AM ( 1 minute ago )
IOC call with Chinese tennis star Peng raises more questions
A video call between the head of the International Olympic Committee and Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai was meant to reassure the world that she was safe — but instead has raised more questions
10:58AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Prosecutor in Ahmaud Arbery case: Arbery was under attack
A prosecutor in the murder trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death is arguing that none of the three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery had cause to make a citizen’s arrest when they saw him in their neighborhood
10:52AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Biden to keep Powell as Fed chair, Brainard gets vice chair
President Joe Biden announced Monday that he’s nominating Jerome Powell for a second term as Federal Reserve chair, endorsing Powell’s stewardship of the economy through a brutal pandemic recession in which the Fed’s ultra-low rate policies helped bolster confidence and revitalize the job market
10:04AM ( 1 hour ago )
Vermont Democratic US Rep. Peter Welch to seek Senate seat
Vermont’s sole congressman, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, says he will run for Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Senate seat next year
7:50AM ( 3 hours ago )
Dems confident on methane fee as budget bill moves to Senate
A huge social and environmental policy bill passed by House Democrats includes a plan to impose a fee on emissions of methane
6:35AM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Chileans vote in highly polarized presidential election
Chileans appear to be voting in heavy numbers on the country’s next president following a polarizing campaign in which leading candidates vowed to chart a new direction in the region’s most economically advanced country
3:17PM ( 19 hours ago )
Libyan interim PM aims for presidency, despite rules
Libya’s interim prime minister has filed a request to run for president despite being technically barred from next month's elections
2:20PM ( 20 hours ago )
Exit polls: Bulgarian president wins apparent reelection
Exit polls in Bulgaria suggest that incumbent Rumen Radev is the apparent winner in the country’s presidential runoff
1:42PM ( 21 hours ago )
AP Elections
Biden to have routine colonoscopy, transfer power to Harris
The White House says President Joe Biden will briefly transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris when he undergoes a “routine colonoscopy.”
10:28AM ( 3 days ago )
Biden to get routine physical exam, his first as president
President Joe Biden is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his first routine physical as president
9:11AM ( 3 days ago )
2 Iranians charged with threatening US voters in 2020
Two suspected Iranian computer hackers have been charged in a broad campaign of election interference aimed at intimidating American voters during last year’s presidential race and undermining confidence that the results of the contest could be trusted
5:21PM ( 3 days ago )
General Presidential Election News
Island anger: Guadeloupe closes schools after COVID rioting
Schools have closed across the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and the French president has warned of a “very explosive” situation in the overseas department
11:06AM ( 1 minute ago )
IOC call with Chinese tennis star Peng raises more questions
A video call between the head of the International Olympic Committee and Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai was meant to reassure the world that she was safe — but instead has raised more questions
10:58AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Prosecutor in Ahmaud Arbery case: Arbery was under attack
A prosecutor in the murder trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death is arguing that none of the three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery had cause to make a citizen’s arrest when they saw him in their neighborhood
10:52AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Harris to announce $1.5B investment in health care workforce
Vice President Kamala Harris will announce the Biden administration is investing $1.5 billion from the coronavirus aid package to address the health care worker shortage in underserved communities
10:39AM ( 28 minutes ago )
US stocks rise after Biden taps Powell for a new Fed term
Stocks rose broadly in morning trading on Wall Street Monday as investors head into a holiday-shortened week with reassurance about leadership at the Federal Reserve
10:38AM ( 30 minutes ago )