Wyoming wants high court to dismiss Montana Lawsuit

Wyoming will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Montana over the two states’ water rights to the Powder and Tongue rivers.

Wyoming State Engineer Pat Tyrrell, who was in Gillette on Thursday, said that Montana’s claims that Wyoming is unfairly taking more than its legal share of both surface and groundwater from the Powder and Tongue rivers before they cross into Montana is “not relevant.” In fact, the compact that governs water rights between the two states — the Yellowstone Compact of 1951 — does not address groundwater flows at all, he said.

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Wyo-Colo Power line plans take shape

CHEYENNE (AP) — Developers will take bids from power generators, distributors and others for space on a proposed power line to transmit electricity from eastern Wyoming to the Colorado Front Range.

Developers of the “Wyoming-Colorado Intertie” project will hold an open-season auction in June, hoping to collect commitments for up to 900 megawatts of transmission.

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Groups protest energy leases in Wyoming’s Jack Morrow Hills

GREEN RIVER – The Bureau of Land Management’s plan to offer new energy leases in the Jack Morrow Hills has drawn a formal protest from a coalition concerned about the possible effects of energy development in the area.

The BLM plans a lease sale for April 1 in Cheyenne as part of a new management plan for the area of southwest Wyoming. The agency postponed mineral leasing decisions in the hills in 1997 to draft the new plan.

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